Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 6th ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Feb 5, 2011
New Zealand won by 57 runs
5 February 2011 (50-over match)

Alright, time now for the game to begin. Guptill and Baz to open the innings. Shoaib Akhtar is ready with the new ball. I am Abhishek, your commentator. Nitin will get you all the action in his bulletin, and Sanjay is on scoring duty. All set for the final match then.

Arsalan continues with the similarities: "Speaking of look alikes, Shahid Afridi looks exactly like Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai."

Jamie is not satisfied with the make-up of New Zealand's seam attack: "Why is New Zealand persisting with Benett. Surely Oram is a far better option with the ball (and bat for that matter), especially when playing both Mills and Southee."

Usman has discovered something, and is startled: "Oh my God, Southee looks exactly like Peter Crouch."

Ahsan: "I have to say I like this air of calm around Pak camp these days. Long may it continue. Few weeks back, I was fearing of another dreadful WC but now I am hopeful. This team isn't what 1999 was, but a lot of energy and enthusiasm there. Good Luck today and for the Cup!"

This is the last one-dayer for both sides before the World Cup, and it is heartening to see that Brendon McCullum is back to his opening position, where he has been quite successful for New Zealand.

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11.35 am Daniel Vettori misses out again due to his hamstring, Ross Taylor to lead New Zealand. Shahid Afridi decides to bowl first after winning the toss. Pakistan are resting Misbah and Wahab Riaz for Asad Shafiq and Sohail Tanvir.

Taylor: "Always a very good wicket here. Oram and How miss out and Southee and Woodcock come in. Brendon McCullum will open today.

There is a lot of moisture in the pitch because of the high humidity at the moment. Simon Doull on air reckons there will be movement for the seamers early on, and says it is a good decision to bowl first.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the sixth and final one-dayer between New Zealand and Pakistan in Auckland. The visitors have already taken the series 3-1, and Nitin Sundar feels in his preview that they are nearing the flair that Pakistan sides of the 90s used to display. What's more, they have even named their captain for the World Cup, Shahid Afridi, who has said that it does not matter whether he leads the side or Misbah-ul-Haq does. How touching.

New Zealand's horror run has worryingly continued, and the way they conceded the series in Hamilton was "dumb cricket", according to Jacob Oram.

On another note, the fate of the three Pakistan players accused of spot-fixing will be known today when the ICC tribunal announces its verdict in Doha.

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 wide, runs in and bowls one on a length but down the leg side for it to be called a wide

0.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, back of a length this time and around off stump, not much to be done with apart from playing it out to point

0.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, short of a good length again, this time Guptill taps it with soft hands in front of point who runs in quickly to pick up the ball but Baz is quicker in stealing the single

0.3

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, no run, ripper from Shoaib, landed back of a length like the earlier deliveries did, but this one straightened after pitching, and Baz was beaten comprehensively as he prodded at it outside off

0.4

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, FOUR, goes a bit fuller, and that much is enough for Baz, remains in the crease and with tremendous bat speed sends it racing through cover for the first boundary, got it right in the middle of the blade

0.5

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, no run, a touch shorter in to the body, and defended towards mid on

0.6

Shoaib Akhtar to BB McCullum, no run, this one comes back in from short of a length outside off, Baz decided to let it go, and it bounced just over the stumps, phew

End of over 1 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • BB McCullum 4 (4b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 1 (2b)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 1-0-6-0

Tanvir on from the other end

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, 1 wide, does a Shoaib, starts off with a wide ball down the leg side

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, 1 run, gets one full on the pads, and drives it elegantly wide of mid on for a single

Stephen: "Brendon McCullum at the top of the order. As a New Zealand fan it's frustrating to watch as coach/selectors toy with McCullum. Which I think is the reason behind the failed series so far. Too much chopping and changing. It hasn't done anything for our confidence and our preparation for the World Cup. Here's hoping we see 100 for a Black Cap, and a 300+ score."

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, 2 runs, continues to stray down the pads, and is flicked instantly backward of square leg for a couple

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, pretty close to be a wide, this time on the off side, he was looking to go across Baz, but it was just inside the marker, and he got away with it

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, goes a bit shorter now, outside off stump with the angle, he goes back and pushes it to point

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, gets the angle going across the right-hander just outside off, and Baz leaves it alone

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, brings bat in front of pad to turn this length ball to square leg

End of over 2 (4 runs) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • BB McCullum 6 (9b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 2 (3b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-4-0
    • Shoaib Akhtar 1-0-6-0
2.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, 141 kph fullish delivery on the off stump, driven without power towards mid off

2.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, the bouncer arrives from Shoaib, and well directed too, forcing Guptill to go underneath it

2.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, 118 kph slower ball, bang on target, excellent control from Shoaib, Guptill is a touch early on the forward defensive

2.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, thumped off the back foot, but Shafiq saves a certain boundary with a full-length dive at cover, it was timed really well, and was travelling fast

2.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, again Shoaib goes short of a good length, the ball comes on nicely to Guptill, who stands on the back foot and punches it to Shafiq at cover

2.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, just short of a length in the zone outside off stump, left alone this time

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 10/0 (RR: 3.33)

    • MJ Guptill 2 (9b)
    • BB McCullum 6 (9b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 2-1-6-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-4-0
3.1

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, excellent length delivery, very close to off stump, Baz shows good judgment in letting it go

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, 1 wide, comes charging down the track looking to smash it through the covers, but Sohail sprays it very far wide outside off stump

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, no run, gets it back in the corridor outside off with the angle, and Baz leaves it alone

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, SIX, he has absolutely murdered this one, it was a tad fuller in length, he was to the pitch of it in a flash, and swung it over mid off for a six, one leg in the air as he made contact

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, 1 wide, sprays it wide again, this time down the leg side

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to BB McCullum, OUT, that will be the end of Baz, he was looking for that lofted shot over mid off again, Sohail was wise enough to bowl it a bit wider outside off this time, Baz went through with the shot anyway after haring down the track, and got an edge off the toe end of the bat that ended up safely in the hands of Kamran, McCullum has wasted his opportunity at the top of the order

BB McCullum c †Kamran Akmal b Sohail Tanvir 12 (17m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 92.30

Ryder is the new man n

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, 1 wide, goes down the leg side again, it looked to have come off the thigh pad, but umpire Davis thought hard and decided that was a wide

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, 1 run, pushes a length ball to mid off and takes off for the single, and makes it in the end to get off the mark

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, angling away from the right-hander outside off, and left alone, finally Tanvir's over ends, but he has removed Baz

End of over 4 (10 runs) New Zealand 20/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ Guptill 2 (10b)
    • JD Ryder 1 (1b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-14-1
    • Shoaib Akhtar 2-1-6-0
4.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, no run, stays in the crease and punches a length delivery around off towards cover

4.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, 1 leg bye, gets one on the pads and misses out on the flick, but they are quick to steal a single as the ball rolls away into the on side

4.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, in the channel outside off on a length, Guptill shoulders arms

4.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, Shoaib has displayed such fine control in this spell, another length delivery on off stump is defended off the front foot

4.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, for the first time he serves up one shortish and wide outside off, Guptill decided to have a go at it, and gets it over point for a boundary, it was intentionally played in the air

4.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, goes very full and on middle this time, is driven straight to mid on

End of over 5 (5 runs) New Zealand 25/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ Guptill 6 (14b 1x4)
    • JD Ryder 1 (3b)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 3-1-10-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-14-1
5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, fullish delivery on off stump, Ryder gets the front forward and pushes it back towards the bowler

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, FOUR, Jesse is away, Tanvir bowled it on the pads, and Ryder just flicked it in a flash to the left of square leg, it was in the air but beautifully timed

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, punched off the back foot to the man at short extra cover

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, gets forward and defends a length ball towards mid off

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, looks to force this one off the back foot through cover, but the ball was not short enough for the shot, and he mistimes it to point

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, Tanvir gets away with a fullish and wide delivery, it was there to be put away, but Ryder ended up forcing it straight to short extra cover

End of over 6 (4 runs) New Zealand 29/1 (RR: 4.83)

    • JD Ryder 5 (9b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 6 (14b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-18-1
    • Shoaib Akhtar 3-1-10-0
6.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, Guptill is getting nicely behind the line of the full deliveries from Shoaib, drives another one of them to mid on

6.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, straightens a bit from a length around off, but Guptill is right behind it with the forward defensive push

6.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 2 runs, looks to loft a full delivery over mid on, but got it off the inner half of the bat as the blade turned in his hands, and the ball went high in the air, but safely cleared the infield over midwicket

6.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, tucks this back of a length delivery backward of square for a single

6.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, no run, waits for a length delivery to arrive around off stump, and guides it with an open bat face to backward point

6.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, 2 runs, too straight from Shoaib, worked away in front of square on the leg side, there is no one at square leg, no one at midwicket, and by the time the ball is fielded, they take a comfortable couple

End of over 7 (5 runs) New Zealand 34/1 (RR: 4.85)

    • JD Ryder 7 (11b 1x4)
    • MJ Guptill 9 (18b 1x4)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 4-1-15-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-18-1
7.1

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, targets the area over mid on with the attempted loft, but gets an inside edge on to pad as he swings at the length delivery angled across him close to off stump

7.2

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, 1 run, pushes hard at this one and gets it over a diving short extra cover on the bounce for a single wide of mid off

7.3

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder swings, and connects neatly, it was angled into him on the pads, and he helped it past short fine leg for a boundary

7.4

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, 2 runs, fuller, but again on the pads, Tanvir is wasting the new ball here, this time it is flicked in the air over midwicket

7.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, better from Tanvir, around off on a length, Ryder stays in the crease and plays it out to point

7.6

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, dropped he almost gets a wicket with a full delivery on the pads, Ryder swung it in the direction of Razzaq at a very fine short fine leg, who dived to his left, and got one hand to the ball, before dropping it as he fell to the ground, very tough chance that

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 41/1 (RR: 5.12)

    • JD Ryder 13 (15b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 10 (20b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-25-1
    • Shoaib Akhtar 4-1-15-0
8.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, short and fast in to the body, fended fine down the leg side, Kamran tidies up

8.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, no run, slower ball outside off this time, lovely variation from Shoaib, defended off the back foot

8.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, how did that get to the boundary? it was a nasty short one on the stumps, Guptill had already shaped up for the pull, but it climbed so quickly on to him that he decided to get out of the shot, too late, and he ended up swatting it in the air over cover, where it just trickled in to the boundary

8.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, FOUR, goes hard at a length delivery outside off stump from the crease, and the thick edge flies to the left of third man for another four, frustration for Shoaib

8.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Guptill, 1 run, gets a short one in to the body, and works it towards square leg for a single

8.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, 1 run, on the pads, flicked away backward of square leg for another single. he has played that shot well today

End of over 9 (10 runs) New Zealand 51/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • JD Ryder 14 (16b 2x4)
    • MJ Guptill 19 (25b 3x4)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 5-1-25-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-25-1
9.1

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, SIX, huge from Jesse! it was marginally short and sitting up around leg stump, Ryder lifted it with a clean swing over midwicket all the way in to the stands

9.2

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, 2 runs, goes for the pull again, this one is not short enough and he bottom edges it through square leg

9.3

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, SIX, he goes over wide long on this time, Ryder is connecting them cleanly here, it was wide outside off stump on a length, and he went across to hammer it down the ground for another maximum

9.4

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, no run, the slower one arrives around off stump, he plays it out to point

9.5

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, SIX, 103 kph slower ball, makes no difference to Jesse, it was fuller on the stumps, and he lifted it without any fuss whatsoever high over long on for the third six of the over, good catch in the stands

9.6

Sohail Tanvir to Ryder, 1 run, gets away with this one, it was short and he went for another big one, but top-edged the pull high over midwicket, but it drops exactly in between the two fielders converging on the ball

End of over 10 (21 runs) New Zealand 72/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • JD Ryder 35 (22b 2x4 3x6)
    • MJ Guptill 19 (25b 3x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 5-0-46-1
    • Shoaib Akhtar 5-1-25-0

Gul comes on for the first over of the Bowling Powerplay

10.1

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, short of a length outside off stump, punched towards cover

10.2

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, he is playing them with utmost ease now, taps a short of a length delivery to backward point off the back foot

10.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, 1 run, not a bad delivery at all, finishing around off stump, but Jesse opens the face of the bat at the last instant and runs it down to third man

10.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, Gul has not given away anything this over, another one just back of a length around off is defended by Guptill

10.5

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, still more short of a length stuff, this time in to the body, played out to midwicket off the back foot

10.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, steals a single to mid on, it was hit off the back foot too, but Tanvir took ages to get down, he took still more time to finally throw the ball, and by then Guptill was safely home

End of over 11 (2 runs) New Zealand 74/1 (RR: 6.72)

    • MJ Guptill 20 (28b 3x4)
    • JD Ryder 36 (25b 2x4 3x6)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-2-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 5-0-46-1

Time for Hafeez to bowl some spin. Dan: "Good old New Zealand. Now that the series is already lost they start playing decent cricket. Why can they never do it when it matters?"

11.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, no run, tossed up outside off stump, defended to cover

11.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Guptill, 1 run, on middle this time, and worked in front of square leg off the front foot

round the stumps to Jesse

11.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, tucks him with the angle, played back down the track

11.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, ooh, down the track comes Jesse, looking to go through extra cover, but ends up finding precisely that man inside the ring

11.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, FOUR, this time he pings the gap between mid off and extra cover, it was tossed up fuller and he leaned in to the drive to get the placement perfectly

11.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, SIX, another maximum, his fourth, Hafeez continues to flight the ball, Ryder lifted it straight down the ground over mid off, he didn't need to move a lot, just stood there and lofted it with good timing

End of over 12 (11 runs) New Zealand 85/1 (RR: 7.08)

    • JD Ryder 46 (29b 3x4 4x6)
    • MJ Guptill 21 (30b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-11-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-2-0
12.1

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, played out to point off the back foot

12.2

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, gets squared up, Guptill, it was dug in back of a length in to the batsman, who wanted to tuck it through midwicket, but got an edge down the track

12.3

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, mistimes the drive this time, it was fuller , and he launched in to the shot, but got an inside edge on to pad

12.4

Umar Gul to Guptill, 1 run, gets the run now, goes back and punches this back of a length delivery wide of mid off to bring Ryder on strike

12.5

Umar Gul to Ryder, 1 run, calmly glided down to third man for a single

12.6

Umar Gul to Guptill, no run, gets on the front foot and defends a length delivery towards mid on

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 87/1 (RR: 6.69)

    • MJ Guptill 22 (35b 3x4)
    • JD Ryder 47 (30b 3x4 4x6)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-4-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-11-0

Zeeshan: "I dont understand why Afridi has not used Razzak effectively in this series. He has been accurate and economical as well..." No Razzaq, it is time for Afridi to come on

13.1

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, no run, starts off with the wrong 'un from round the stumps, and beats Jesse who pushes at it from the crease

13.2

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, coming in with the angle, swung away through square leg

13.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, tossed up delivery just around off stump, guided to short third man

13.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, gets some drift and it comes in to Guptill who gets into a tangle as he gets on the back foot and looks to force it away

13.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, quicker now, he gets on the front foot and pushes out towards extra cover

13.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, good over from Shahid, Guptill gets forward and defends one into the covers

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 88/1 (RR: 6.28)

    • MJ Guptill 22 (39b 3x4)
    • JD Ryder 48 (32b 3x4 4x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-1-0
    • Umar Gul 2-0-4-0
14.1

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, 141 kph and full on the stumps, he stays in the crease and clips it wide of mid on

14.2

Umar Gul to Ryder, FOUR, mistimes the pull off the short delivery, but gets it into the gap past a slow Shoaib at mid on, and that will be 50 for Jesse, has connected almost everything so far, and is looking good for much more

Yasir is missing Razzaq too: "Afridi has been doing this to Razzaq for a year now; uses him in opening spell for 3-4 overs then forgets about him. or never bowl him at all."

Kaleem: "I am shell shocked to see Misbah out, You cannot leave your in-form batsman out, just because the series is won." Some problems with the landing area for Gul meanwhile

14.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, FOUR, crashed through cover, made some room outside leg, and just hammered a length delivery past the packed cordon in that region

14.4

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, Gul goes for the yorker, gets it just outside leg stump, Ryder digs it out to midwicket

14.5

Umar Gul to Ryder, SIX, my word, how good a shot is that, it was a nasty short one from Gul, and even as it got big on Ryder, he hooked it on one leg over the man at short fineleg, was off balance as he played the shot, but with that timing, he'll get another six

14.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, almost gets another one past short fine, Gul goes leg side again, and Ryder flicks deftly, but Shafiq with a diving stop prevents the boundary

End of over 15 (14 runs) New Zealand 102/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • JD Ryder 62 (38b 5x4 5x6)
    • MJ Guptill 22 (39b 3x4)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-18-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-1-0
15.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, Guptill continues to defend stoutly at the other end

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, SIX, alright he can hit them too, Afridi pitches it short and Guptill latches on, pulling it in a flash flat over midwicket, the sixes continue to flow

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, defended in to the off side

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, draws him forward with a tossed up one, played out towards cover

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, again he lures him forward and gets him to drive airily this time, but in the gap through covers, oh well

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, hit out to the man on the sweeper cover boundary off the back foot

End of over 16 (8 runs) New Zealand 110/1 (RR: 6.87)

    • JD Ryder 63 (39b 5x4 5x6)
    • MJ Guptill 29 (44b 3x4 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-9-0
    • Umar Gul 3-0-18-0

The man finally gets a bowl, presenting Abdul Razzaq in to the attack, who runs in and immediately has problems with the landing area

16.1

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, gentle length delivery around off, he stands tall and punches it wide of sweeper cover

Abdul Awan: "I am watching cricket while sitting in Ice Hockey Stadium watching a hockey match live in Ottawa. Too much noise & I am loving it.... Any 1 else ever experienced it ?"

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, wanted to cut this one through point, but it was too full for the shot and he ended up bottom edging it towards Umar Akmal at backward point

16.3

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, played out to mid off

16.4

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, 112 kph slower one on the pads, he waits for it to arrive and flicks it, all wrists and no feet, wide of long on

16.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, misses out, it was wide and short of a good length outside off, but he punched it straight to Afridi at extra cover

16.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, Kamran saves some runs, it was down the leg side, and Guptill helped it on its way, but Kamran dives to his left to pull off the stop

End of over 17 (3 runs) New Zealand 113/1 (RR: 6.64)

    • MJ Guptill 30 (47b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 65 (42b 5x4 5x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-3-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-9-0
17.1

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 2 runs, very full outside off, Ryder plays a check drive that beats a diving extra cover and goes wide of sweeper cover

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, eased down the ground to long on

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, Guptill misses out again, short and wide, a bit slower, he cuts it straight to backward point

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, worked away in front of the wicket on the leg side for another single

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, brings up the 100 stand in good time with a sweep to fine leg off a full toss

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, too close for the cut, but Guptill plays the shot anyways, and gets it to sweeper cover for a run

End of over 18 (6 runs) New Zealand 119/1 (RR: 6.61)

    • MJ Guptill 32 (50b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 69 (45b 5x4 5x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-15-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 1-0-3-0
18.1

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, length delivery on the stumps, the Razzaq speciality, no room at all, pushed down the track

18.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, angled in to the stumps, fuller too, allows him to clip it down to long on

Abhi: "to Abdul: I am sitting in Library working on a Corporate Finance problem to submit tomorrow, the cricinfo coverage a good relief from all the theory and numbers."

18.3

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, looks to smash this one down the ground, but mistimes it, still enough on it to go over Razzaq on the bounce

18.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, marginally shorter, but bang on the stumps, worked away to long on for yet another single

18.5

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, for the first time, a swing and a miss from Jesse, had a swing across the line to a slower one outside off, and was a bit early on the shot

18.6

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, mistimes the glide to third man, and finds that backward point has got to it quickly, Guptill sends him back

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 122/1 (RR: 6.42)

    • JD Ryder 70 (48b 5x4 5x6)
    • MJ Guptill 34 (53b 3x4 1x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-6-0
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-15-0
19.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, some turn for Shahid, but wide outside off and cut away in front of point

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, flighted delivery, he was eyeing another big swing, but it was very full and he eased it down to long on in the end

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, Guptill keeps going for the cut shot, this one was too close and quicker too, and he was beaten

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, driven off the front foot wide of extra cover

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, had no clue about the wrong 'un, played down the wrong line looking to work it past midwicket, but the ball turned the other way to take the outside edge through the vacant slip region

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, slow turn for Shahid, guided to point off the front foot

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 126/1 (RR: 6.30)

    • MJ Guptill 36 (57b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 72 (50b 5x4 5x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-19-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 2-0-6-0
20.1

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, comes forward and pushes a length ball to cover

20.2

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, almost carries to a diving Umar Gul at mid off, Ryder had creamed the full delivery in the air, and it would have been a certain boundary had Umar not gone leaping to his right, he got a hand to it in the end but it had already fallen short

20.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, driven back to the bowler who gets a hand to it and prevents the single

20.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, the middle stump is knocked back, the non-striker's that is, Guptill smashed this fullish one straight, too straight past the bowler, and found the stumps in the way

20.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, goes across the stumps and wristily flicks to midwicket

20.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, has him flicking across the line to a length delivery around off stump, the outside edge scoots away to third man, could have gone to backward point, but New Zealand have had their share of luck in this innings

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 128/1 (RR: 6.09)

    • MJ Guptill 37 (61b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 73 (52b 5x4 5x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 3-0-8-0
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-19-0
21.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, flighted delivery pushed in front of cover

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, no run, lovely delivery, the one that went across and kicked off the surface, had Jesse reaching for it outside off stump, and beat him totally

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, opens the bat face at the last instant to one on off stump to guide it to Shoaib at short third man

21.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, slammed off the front foot, that man Umar Gul gets in the way again, this time at extra cover

21.5

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, yet another single through extra cover

21.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, fuller outside off stump, driven forcefully down the ground to long off

End of over 22 (5 runs) New Zealand 133/1 (RR: 6.04)

    • MJ Guptill 40 (64b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 75 (55b 5x4 5x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-24-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 3-0-8-0
22.1

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, gets forward and hits this length delivery wide of cover

22.2

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, one more swing and a miss from Jesse, he is eyeing cow corner, swung across the line, and it passed perilously close to off stump

22.3

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, Jesse with that effortless and stylish glide off the back foot, but this time straight to point

22.4

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, he was a but lazy here in getting his bat down in time, it was tapped in front of point, and Jesse did not stretch out to get into the crease, direct hit and he was gone

22.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, fuller on the stumps, flicked elegantly to midwicket

22.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, hammered down the ground, where a diving long off saves three runs, Shoaib it was, good effort from the ageing fast bowler

End of over 23 (3 runs) New Zealand 136/1 (RR: 5.91)

    • MJ Guptill 42 (67b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 76 (58b 5x4 5x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 4-0-11-0
    • Shahid Afridi 5-0-24-0
23.1

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, guided very late to short third man, almost off the keeper's gloves

23.2

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, 1 run, worked away through square leg

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, waits an instant before lofting this full one over and wide of extra cover

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, Guptill backs way to cut another one on off stump, but cannot get it past point

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, the faster one, steered to a very fine short third man

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Guptill, no run, good tight over from the captain, played back down the track

End of over 24 (2 runs) New Zealand 138/1 (RR: 5.75)

    • MJ Guptill 43 (72b 3x4 1x6)
    • JD Ryder 77 (59b 5x4 5x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-26-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 4-0-11-0
24.1

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 leg bye, looks for the swing to fine leg, squirts off the pads behind square on the leg side

24.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, goes back in the crease and pushes a short of a length delivery to long on, efficiently done, nothing cute, just accumulating the runs

24.3

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, Jesse is throwing his bat at everything now, backs away way outside leg stump, Razzaq goes wider outside off, he slashes it wide of third man

24.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, driven on the bounce to the bowler who gets a hand to it and prevents the single

24.5

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, OUT, well ,well, it's not Jesse but Guptill who has thrown away yet another start, it was full and on middle and leg, Guptill in his endeavor to smash it out of the ground, only got as far as long on, who timed his leap nicely to take the catch, Pakistan have broken through, and another NZ batsman has wasted a start

MJ Guptill c Umar Gul b Abdul Razzaq 44 (105m 75b 3x4 1x6) SR: 58.66

Rosco Taylor comes out to bat. Yousuf Syed: "and Abhi, I'm sitting here designing a suspension system for a race car, but the coverage keeps distracting me"

24.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, gets the bat in front of pad just in time to defend this angled delivery towards midwicket

End of over 25 (3 runs) New Zealand 141/2 (RR: 5.64)

    • LRPL Taylor 0 (1b)
    • JD Ryder 78 (61b 5x4 5x6)
    • Abdul Razzaq 5-0-13-1
    • Shahid Afridi 6-0-26-0

Ryder has got a runner for himself, he was struggling, it will be Baz to do the honours

25.1

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 2 runs, cut away wide of sweeper cover

25.2

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, down on one knee and goes for the sweep, it dipped on him and he bottom edged it down to short fine leg

25.3

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, no run, nicely forward and pushes a flat delivery to extra cover

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Taylor, 1 run, worked away in front of square off the front foot

25.5

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, no run, flicks a full toss straight to midwicket

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Ryder, 1 run, gets to the pitch of a fuller one and drives it to long off with the full face of the bat, holds the pose for effect, he can afford to do that, he has Baz on his side

End of over 26 (5 runs) New Zealand 146/2 (RR: 5.61)

    • JD Ryder 82 (65b 5x4 5x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (3b)
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-31-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 5-0-13-1
26.1

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, looks to force this one through extra cover off the back foot, and gets an inside edge backward of square

26.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, back of a length delivery pushed away to mid off

26.3

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, loud shout for lbw, Taylor had planted that front foot down, and was late in getting his bat in front to play the attempted flick, the length delivery crashed in to the pads in front of middle, Razzaq went up in appeal right away, umpire Hill said no even faster, that looked gone, he is fortunate to be out there

26.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, no run, arrests the front foot movement to push this one back to the bowler

26.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, 1 run, pinches a single with a push to mid on

26.6

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, 1 run, swung lazily through square leg, good fielding on the boundary keeps them to a single

End of over 27 (3 runs) New Zealand 149/2 (RR: 5.51)

    • JD Ryder 84 (67b 5x4 5x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 2 (7b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 6-0-16-1
    • Shahid Afridi 7-0-31-0

Umar Gul comes back

27.1

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, this one came back in a touch from around on a length on off, Jesse was pushing at it from the crease, he is struggling with the feet movement, the ball rolled away to mid off

27.2

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, again plays a forcing shot from the crease, Gul brings it back in even more, and he ends up hitting it back to the bowler

27.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, 1 run, brings up the 150 with a carve over point off a wide and full delivery, just went through with the shot without moving the feet much

27.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, 2 runs, Taylor gets the chance to play his ferocious cut, but there is a man at sweeper cover, and he keeps them to a couple

27.5

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs down this length delivery to third man

27.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, 141 kph near-yorker from Gul, Ryder goes nowhere with the feet, and somehow manages to keep this delivery out

End of over 28 (4 runs) New Zealand 153/2 (RR: 5.46)

    • JD Ryder 85 (71b 5x4 5x6)
    • LRPL Taylor 5 (9b)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-22-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 6-0-16-1
28.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taylor, OUT, got 'em! Razzaq has struck again, gets rid of Taylor this time, it was bowled in the channel outside off on a length, Taylor got sucked in to the drive, ended up playing a feeble one in the end, and the faint outside edge settled low in to Kamran's gloves, Razzaq breaks in to a wide grin, Pakistan's fightback in this game continues

LRPL Taylor c †Kamran Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 5 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Yasir: "See Fan's wisdom. ;) Razzaq is turning out to be the best bowler of the match." Ok, alright. Franklin is in meanwhile

28.2

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, no run, eases a length delivery off the front foot to mid off

28.3

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, no run, Franklin decides to let this length delivery go, it pitched marginally outside leg stump, and he took it high on the pad, there was not much of an appeal from Pakistan, height was an issue as well

28.4

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, 1 run, worked away through square leg this time, Franklin is away

28.5

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, no run, played out towards mid off

28.6

Abdul Razzaq to Ryder, SIX, Jesse goes for maximum, and gets it too, it was a rare poor delivery from Razzaq, down the leg side, and he swung it cleanly, high and over the fine leg boundary

End of over 29 (7 runs) New Zealand 160/3 (RR: 5.51)

    • JD Ryder 91 (73b 5x4 6x6)
    • JEC Franklin 1 (3b)
    • Abdul Razzaq 7-0-23-2
    • Umar Gul 4-0-22-0
29.1

Umar Gul to Franklin, FOUR, swing it like Jesse, but caress it like Franklin, leans out to this one outside off and sends it purring through extra cover, not more than a gentle push

29.2

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 wide, goes for the bouncer, wide and high over the batsman, and is called wide by the umpire

29.2

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, gets some away movement from the batsman from a length outside off, but after it has passed Franklin who was shouldering arms anyways

now from round the wicket

29.3

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, goes straight on a length close to off, Franklin is forward and pushing it towards extra cover

29.4

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 run, driven wide of sweeper cover, who swoops down on the ball to quell all thoughts of a second

29.5

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, waits for a full delivery on the crease, and at the very last moment guides it to backward point

29.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, has a lazy waft outside off stump to a back of a length delivery, Kamran collects

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 166/3 (RR: 5.53)

    • JD Ryder 91 (75b 5x4 6x6)
    • JEC Franklin 6 (7b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 5-0-28-0
    • Abdul Razzaq 7-0-23-2

The aeroplane is back

30.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Franklin, 1 run, length delivery in the off stump channel, hit away to sweeper cover off the back foot

30.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, FOUR, Jesse continues to swing, continues to connect, and the ball keeps dropping short of the fielders, this one fell in front of a desperately diving Shehzad at fine leg, and went in to the boundary

30.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, no run, played out to backward point off the back foot

30.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, 1 run, takes a step out, and check drives a fullish delivery to sweeper cover

30.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Franklin, no run, another batsman hits the stumps, now it is Franklin, driven as straight as you can get past the bowler, and hits the middle stump at the other end

30.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Franklin, no run, Shoaib drops it short and wide, but the pace and extra bounce beats the slash from Franklin

End of over 31 (6 runs) New Zealand 172/3 (RR: 5.54)

    • JEC Franklin 7 (10b 1x4)
    • JD Ryder 96 (78b 6x4 6x6)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 6-1-31-0
    • Umar Gul 5-0-28-0

(unfortunatly)blackcapfan: "With the world cup around the corner, it may be the wrong time to bring this up, but has anyone ever considered James Franklin pulling a MArk Richardson move and switching from bowler, to middle order batsman, to opening batsman? His technique is very solid, and a pleasure to watch....... Thoughts?" Hafeez comes back

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, 1 run, tossed up delivery from round the stumps played out to midwicket

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, floated up on middle, he reaches out to push it to extra cover

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, bang on target from Hafeez, played back to the bowler

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, driven to extra cover off the front foot

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, worked away through square leg off the back foot, it was angled in on the pads

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, slow and coming into Jesse, played away back to the bowler

End of over 32 (2 runs) New Zealand 174/3 (RR: 5.43)

    • JD Ryder 97 (80b 6x4 6x6)
    • JEC Franklin 8 (14b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-13-0
    • Shoaib Akhtar 6-1-31-0

Mark: "The timing of the batting powerplay is going to be real interesting. If these two are still together in 3-4 overs I'd be tempted to take it then and give some real impetus into the innings with a set top order player in rather than wait till later when there may well be lower oder batsmen at the crease."

32.1

Shoaib Akhtar to Franklin, no run, Shoaib beats Franklin who wants to have a go at a length delivery outside off

32.2

Shoaib Akhtar to Franklin, OUT, Franklin repeats the shot that had him beaten off the previous delivery, this time he gets the outside edge through to Kamran who went down to his left to take a good low catch, Shoaib holds his arms aloft

JEC Franklin c †Kamran Akmal b Shoaib Akhtar 8 (21m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Styris comes out in to the middle

32.3

Shoaib Akhtar to Styris, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover

32.4

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, 2 runs, moves to 99 with an airy flick past the diving man at midwicket, it was far from him though

32.5

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, FOUR, Jesse gets to his century with what he has been doing all innings, Shoaib gives him a gift on the pads, and he flicks it to the fine leg boundary, pumps his fists in celebration as the crowd stand to applaud a special knock

32.6

Shoaib Akhtar to Ryder, no run, Shoaib beats Jesse this time with one that goes across Ryder on a length, who has a poke at it from the crease

End of over 33 (7 runs) New Zealand 181/4 (RR: 5.48)

    • JD Ryder 103 (83b 7x4 6x6)
    • SB Styris 1 (1b)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 7-1-38-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-13-0

this is the list of fastest hundreds by NZ batsmen

33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, driven down to long on

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, 1 run, hit down the ground to long on

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long on

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, 1 run, driven in the air to long on for another run

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, targets the single to long on again but this time it goes to Afridi at midwicket

33.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, comes on the front foot to flick it to long on from wide of off stump, but gets it again to midwicket

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 185/4 (RR: 5.44)

    • SB Styris 3 (5b)
    • JD Ryder 105 (85b 7x4 6x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-17-0
    • Shoaib Akhtar 7-1-38-1
34.1

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, gets one on middle and leg and plays it out to midwicket

34.2

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, makes some room outside leg stump, and goes for the forcing shot through the off side, but mistimes it to extra cover

34.3

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, now goes for the pull to a widish delivery outside off stump, ends up flailing in the air, was nowhere near the ball

34.4

Umar Gul to Ryder, 1 run, 118 kph slower ball around off, and that late glide from Jesse, twirls it down to third man

34.5

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, Styris gets one short and wide enough for the cut, but gets only the single to sweeper cover

34.6

Umar Gul to Ryder, no run, Jesse is swinging wildly now, was again not remotely close to this wide one outside off, but still shaped up for an ungainly pull that found thin air

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 187/4 (RR: 5.34)

    • JD Ryder 106 (90b 7x4 6x6)
    • SB Styris 4 (6b)
    • Umar Gul 6-0-30-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-17-0
35.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, gets the scoop away wide of fine leg, went down on a knee and took it right off middle stump

35.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, no run, gives him the charge down the track, Hafeez bowls it shorter, and Jesse pushes it to extra cover

35.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, 1 run, swings a full one hard down to long on

35.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, on the front foot and driven to long on

35.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Ryder, OUT, Ryder has finally holed out, it was in the slot, tossed up on leg stump, and he went for the lofted shot over wide long on, but did not get enough meat on the shot, ended up hitting it straight to deep midwicket, he has played his part in this innings though

JD Ryder c Sohail Tanvir b Mohammad Hafeez 107 (142m 93b 7x4 6x6) SR: 115.05

35.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, played out in front of the wicket off the front foot

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 190/5 (RR: 5.27)

    • SB Styris 6 (9b)
    • NL McCullum 0 (0b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-20-1
    • Umar Gul 6-0-30-0

Apologies for that list for the fastest hundreds by an NZ batsman, it isn't the correct one

36.1

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, punched to point off the back foot

36.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, much fuller, still outside off, hit out to backward point

36.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes on the back foot and runs down a length delivery to third man

36.4

Umar Gul to Styris, FOUR, brutal from Scott, cuts a length delivery hard, and gets it wide of third man, it wasn't that far from him, but was struck very firmly, the man had no chance

36.5

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, more power from Styris, this time he gets it wide of sweeper cover off the back foot

36.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, super delivery from Gul, pitches around off and straightens to go past the defensive blade of Nathan who was pinned on the back foot

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 196/5 (RR: 5.29)

    • NL McCullum 1 (4b)
    • SB Styris 11 (11b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 7-0-36-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-20-1
37.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, takes this one that turns into him from off, and works it through midwicket

37.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, played out to midwicket off the back foot

37.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Nathan gets it down to long on with the drive

37.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, eases this one down the ground for another single

37.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 2 runs, shortish and turning in, cut away in front of sweeper cover for a couple, and the 200 is up

37.6

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, a touch short for the drive, he goes for it, and ends up hitting it in the air, but it falls well short of Hafeez

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 201/5 (RR: 5.28)

    • NL McCullum 4 (8b)
    • SB Styris 13 (13b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-25-1
    • Umar Gul 7-0-36-0

Mark: "Again NZ get the power play wrong. Ryder at the crease, trying to hit big with the field out, why not bring the field in for him after he bought up his 100? Now it will be non-batsmen struggling through those overs again..."

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, a touch short from Shahid, whipped away off the back foot through midwicket

38.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, punched to extra cover off the back foot

38.3

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, has a go at this fuller one outside off, and the outside edge falls short of short third man

38.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, hit away to extra cover who saves the single with a diving stop

38.5

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, the wrong 'un, he was looking to force it off the back foot, and hit it in to the ground off the inner half of the bat

38.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, flat and quick, played out to extra cover, good over

End of over 39 (1 run) New Zealand 202/5 (RR: 5.17)

    • NL McCullum 4 (13b)
    • SB Styris 14 (14b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-32-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 5-0-25-1

Spinners rushing through the overs now

39.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 2 runs, flicked away down the ground off the front foot

39.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, driven down to long on

39.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 1 run, the man at long on continues to be kept busy with another one driven to him

39.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, no run, pushes forward and drives to extra cover

39.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, another one punched stylishly down to long on off the back foot

39.6

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, driven in the air again back to the bowler, but Styris is in the way of Hafeez as he attempts to catch the ball, but fails, it drops a touch short too

End of over 40 (5 runs) New Zealand 207/5 (RR: 5.17)

    • NL McCullum 5 (15b)
    • SB Styris 18 (18b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-30-1
    • Shahid Afridi 8-0-32-0
40.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, played out to extra cover off the front foot

40.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, FOUR, slashes at a quick and full one outside off, and gets a thick edge that hurries fine down the off side for a boundary

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 wide, loopy slow delivery goes down the leg side

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, fuller and around off, hit along the ground to long off

40.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, flat and fast from Shahid, he gets forward to defend to extra cover

40.5

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, simple run out chance missed, it was played out behind point, and Styris rushed for a single, was more than halfway down before being sent back, Afridi messed up the collection, and the ball rolled away off his hands, he kicks the ground in frustration

40.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, played out to point

End of over 41 (6 runs) New Zealand 213/5 (RR: 5.19)

    • NL McCullum 5 (18b)
    • SB Styris 23 (21b 2x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-38-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-30-1
41.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, whipped away in front of square leg

41.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, tossed up delivery, pushed back to the bowler, the spinners have done a fine job

41.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, saves another single with a dive to his right to field the drive

41.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, in his quest to go wide of the bowler, he finds Afridi at midwicket

41.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, flat on the stumps, punched away to Afridi at midwicket again

41.6

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets the single on the fifth attempt, with a push off a full delivery to long on

End of over 42 (2 runs) New Zealand 215/5 (RR: 5.11)

    • NL McCullum 6 (23b)
    • SB Styris 24 (22b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-32-1
    • Shahid Afridi 9-0-38-0

Tanvir is back from round the wicket

42.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, FOUR, goes down the leg side, and he helps himself to four runs with a flick that sends it wide of fine leg

42.2

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, no run, raps him on the pads with a skiddy one that beats his waft across the line, but was sliding down leg with that angle

42.3

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, no run, cannot get away the slippery short of a length delivery past midwicket

42.4

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, makes room to tap it in front of point, and the single is on

42.5

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, 1 wide, goes way down the leg side with that angle from round the stumps, he has been all over the place today, and for most of the series

42.5

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, 101 kph slower ball, Styris had lined up for the cut, but the ball took ages to arrive and when it did he was not in a position to do anything but have a waft at it

42.6

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, played off the front foot towards mid off

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 221/5 (RR: 5.13)

    • SB Styris 24 (24b 2x4)
    • NL McCullum 11 (27b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 6-0-52-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-32-1

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43.1

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, no run, turning in from middle, punched away to midwicket off the back foot

43.2

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 1 run, works away a leg stump full toss to deep midwicket

43.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, mistimes a cut in to the ground and in front of point for a single

43.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 2 runs, flicks a full toss past midwicket, and Styris scampers back for the second

43.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, SIX, Nathan gets one in the slot, and lifts it over wide long on, got a tossed up delivery, cleared the front foot, and sent it soaring down the ground

43.6

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 1 run, clipped off his toes through midwicket for another single

End of over 44 (11 runs) New Zealand 232/5 (RR: 5.27)

    • NL McCullum 21 (32b 1x4 1x6)
    • SB Styris 25 (25b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-43-1
    • Sohail Tanvir 6-0-52-1
44.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, top edge that lands in no man's land, it was short and fired in, he went for a belated pull, and it swirled in the air, but there was no one near the non-striker's end to take it

44.2

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, FOUR, full and carved through extra cover, got to the pitch of this one, and picked the gap beautifully

44.3

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, gets beaten outside off stump as this one angles in to him from outside off stump, and he tries to run it down to third man

some confusion about whether the Batting Powerplay has been taken. Afridi thought it had been taken, and Pakistan had six men in the ring. the umpires haven't signalled for the Powerplay, hmm

44.4

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, 1 run, gets another one to nip back in from outside off stump, he stays in the crease to steer it down to third man

Afridi is still cross about the near-Powerplay situation

44.5

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, flicked away with the angle wide of midwicket for a single

44.6

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, 101 kph slower ball from Tanvir wide outside off stump, Styris is beaten as he goes for the cut without moving his feet

End of over 45 (7 runs) New Zealand 239/5 (RR: 5.31)

    • SB Styris 30 (29b 3x4)
    • NL McCullum 23 (34b 1x4 1x6)
    • Sohail Tanvir 7-0-59-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 8-0-43-1

Now the Batting Powerplay has to be taken. Gul will start it off

45.1

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, backs away outside leg to have a huge swing, Gul follows him with a full delivery, a single is taken off the inside edge as the ball rolls away in to the on side

45.2

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, now Styris makes rooms outside leg, this time Gul goes full and wide outside off, he squeezes it out to cover

45.3

Umar Gul to Styris, FOUR, lucky for Styris, went hard at a full delivery around leg stump, got an inside edge that beat short fine leg for a welcome boundary

45.4

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, Gul keeps it full, outside off stump, Styris squeezes it out to extra cover

45.5

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, marginally short, and he quickly goes on the back foot to pull it to deep square leg

45.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, SIX, clobbered! he pitched it short, and it sat up on Nathan, who took a step back, and thumped it flat and straight over the bowler's head, he hit it so well it went all the way

End of over 46 (12 runs) New Zealand 251/5 (RR: 5.45)

    • NL McCullum 30 (36b 1x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 35 (33b 4x4)
    • Umar Gul 8-0-48-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 7-0-59-1

Afridi will bowl his final over

46.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, wrong 'un, worked away through square leg

46.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, FOUR, lifted over mid off, Nathan just remains in the crease, backs away to leg stump, and thwacks a short ball over the infield

46.3

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, FOUR, bowls it fuller, makes no difference, Nathan has creamed this one in the gap at extra cover off the front foot

46.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, hit out to midwicket off the back foot

46.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, hit down the ground wide of long off

46.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 2 runs, this is good batting, it was worked in to the gap between deep midwicket and long on, and they came back for the second, quite comfortably in the end, 13 off the over

End of over 47 (13 runs) New Zealand 264/5 (RR: 5.61)

    • NL McCullum 41 (40b 3x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 37 (35b 4x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-51-0
    • Umar Gul 8-0-48-0

Afridi persists with Sohail

47.1

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, FOUR, slower one gone wrong down the leg side, helped away backward of square leg off the hips, and that runs into the boundary

47.2

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, SIX, crack! another slower one despatched into oblivion, it wasn't short enough but sat up to be disdainfully pulled over deep midwicket

47.3

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, 1 run, another shortish one, he looks to carve him through the off side, but mishits it straight past the non-striker's stumps

47.4

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, FOUR, he goes fuller this time, but his nightmare continues, Nathan had a go at it,and got a thick outside edge down to the third man boundary

47.5

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, FOUR, take that! this is poor bowling, really is, full and wide outside off stump, Nathan goes down on a knee and lofts it over extra cover for another boundary, 19 taken so far with one ball to go

47.6

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, no run, anti-climax, ends up hitting this length delivery back to the bowler

End of over 48 (19 runs) New Zealand 283/5 (RR: 5.89)

    • NL McCullum 49 (43b 5x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 48 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • Sohail Tanvir 8-0-78-1
    • Shahid Afridi 10-0-51-0
48.1

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, lofts one down the ground, but not cleanly enough, gets only a single down to long off

48.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, looks for the big flick over midwicket, but Gul follows him down the leg side with a full one, and it bounds off the pads to short third man

48.3

Umar Gul to Styris, 2 runs, Styris brings up his 50, working a length delivery past midwicket for a couple

48.4

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, full and in the blockhole on middle, cannot get it tighter than that, Styris backs away outside leg and squeezes it to extra cover

48.5

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, FOUR, dropped full and outside off, he heaves it wide of Shoaib at long off, who is very slow to get to his left and lets the ball go through his hands, and in to the boundary

48.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 no ball, gets a high full toss, and swings it straight down the throat of deep square leg, but hello, it is called a no-ball for height, it was a very marginal call, the ball was just about waist high when it reached the batsman, but he survives

48.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, FOUR, and the extra delivery has cost another boundary, Nathan is swinging wildly at everything, and gets this full delivery high over a leaping short third man

End of over 49 (14 runs) New Zealand 297/5 (RR: 6.06)

    • NL McCullum 57 (47b 7x4 2x6)
    • SB Styris 52 (41b 5x4 1x6)
    • Umar Gul 9-0-61-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 8-0-78-1

Hafeez to bowl the last over

49.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, FOUR, and the 300 is up for NZ as Styris waits on a shortish ball on the leg stump, and helps it to fine leg for a boundary

49.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, heaved in to the leg side for a single

49.3

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, 2 runs, cramps him up for room on leg stump, but he still slogs it wide of deep midwicket for a couple

49.4

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, SIX, Nathan continues to bosh them down the ground, gets a tossed up one on off stump, and murders it over wide long off for maximum

49.5

Mohammad Hafeez to NL McCullum, OUT, he is gone now! died swinging in the end, another full one was lofted down the ground, but he got too much underneath the pitch of this one, and long on took the straightforward catch

NL McCullum c Ahmed Shehzad b Mohammad Hafeez 65 (61m 50b 7x4 3x6) SR: 130.00

49.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, OUT, Mills is run out without facing a ball, it was driven down to long on, Shehzad covered good ground to his right, Mills wanted the second, Styris didn't, in the end Mills turned half-heartedly back, but even though he put in the dive, the throw was pinpoint accurate, and Kamran whipped off the bails, Mills trudges off shaking his head, but the headache is now Pakistan's, as they face a mountain of a target to chase

KD Mills run out 0 (1m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Sajid: "Pak could have easily restricted NZ to 250, IF Afridi had attacked when NZ were 190/5. Whats the point in not using Shoaib or Razzaq at that time. When you're not even keeping them for the last overs ?? Afridi just let them rotate the strike, get settled, and thrash them for 72 in the final 5. BAD Captaincy!!"

Scores of people have written in expressing their exasperation at Razzaq not bowling his quota of overs, and why a wayward Tanvir was persisted with.

New Zealand threatened to cross 300 with the kind of start that Ryder and Guptill gave them, but Pakistan fought back in the middle stages, chiefly through Abdul Razzaq, who again wasn't brought on towards the end of the innings. But Styris and Nathan took a staggering 72 off the Batting Powerplay to ensure NZ comfortably crossed the 300 mark. The pitch is a belter, the boundaries are short, but Pakistan's strong line-up will be tested in this chase. Join us in 30 minutes for that.

End of over 50 (14 runs) New Zealand 311/7

    • SB Styris 58 (44b 6x4 1x6)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-57-2
    • Umar Gul 9-0-61-0
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