New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Hamilton January 17, 2016

Guptill, Williamson smash Pakistan with record stand


New Zealand 171 for 0 (Guptill 87*, Williamson 72*) beat Pakistan 168 for 7 (Akmal 56*, McClenaghan 2-23) by ten wickets
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Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson recovered splendidly from their run out in Auckland © Getty Images

Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill - New Zealand's two form batsmen - combined in a clinical display of poise and timing, to gun down Pakistan's 168 for 7 inside eighteen overs in Hamilton. Their 171-run stand was the highest ever for T20Is, let alone for opening pairs. The ten-wicket victory evened the series in emphatic fashion. Guptill left the field with 87 to his name, and Williamson with a personal best of 72 - both striking at 150.

Williamson had been the early aggressor, flitting about his crease to make use of errant lines from the Pakistan bowlers. He slapped Mohammad Amir through the leg side for four in the second over, then cracked three fours through point off Imad Wasim soon after. With the positioning of the pitch making the eastern square boundary only 52 metres, Williamson continued to move around his crease to target that - most memorably lap-scooping Amir to the fine-leg fence in the fifth over. Williamson had New Zealand's run rate hurtling at 10 an over inside the Powerplay, and it did not dip too far below that thereafter.

Guptill was more still at the crease, hitting a flat six off Umar Gul in the first over of the chase, but largely batting in Williamson's slipstream before taking flight through the middle overs. He struck consecutive fours, either side of the wicket, off Amir in the 13th over, and successive sixes off Shahid Afridi in the 15th. He struck four sixes and nine fours in his 58-ball innings. Williamson didn't clear the rope, but hit 11 fours.

Pakistan had lost early wickets and made a stalling start before Shoaib Malik's measured 39 and Umar Akmal's violent 56 not out from 27 balls seemed to have revived their chances in the match. New Zealand's batting was excellent, but Pakistan's bowlers perhaps had their thoughts scrambled by the asymmetrical dimensions of the field - one square boundary more than 20 metres shorter than the other.

Amir had a particularly poor outing, leaking 34 from his 3 overs, but no one in the Pakistan attack fared well. Wahab Riaz went at 10 an over, and the usually-miserly Imad Wasim at 8. Such was the adaptability of New Zealand's batting, that they were not slowed by Shahid Afridi's rifling through the attack, nor the several different fields he employed through the innings.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the best of New Zealand's bowlers, delivering a tight line, largely on off stump, and mixing up his pace and lengths intelligently. He had conceded only eight runs from his first three overs, but those figures were soured somewhat by Akmal's late charge, during which the batsman struck two fours and a six in three balls. McClenaghan did take valuable wickets however, having bowled Malik with a yorker in his third over, then having Wasim top-edging a bouncer to fine leg in the penultimate over of the innings.

Earlier, Pakistan had been 34 for 2 after 6.1 overs before Malik arrived to ease the innings into motion, beginning with singles to third man, then a spate of fours to that short boundary. His 63-run fourth-wicket stand with Umar Akmal was the most substantial of the innings.

Akmal blasted consecutive sixes off Mitchell Santner to the short leg-side boundary early in his innings, but he wasn't shy of taking on the longer boundary either. He batted busily through the middle overs, and memorably launched Grant Elliott into the adjacent road in the 16th over, with a 103-metre hit over cow corner. Clean striking in McClenaghan's final over moved him to 50 off 22 balls - the second fastest T20 half-century for Pakistan just one ball behind his own record. He lost partners in quick succession through those late overs, but appeared to have seen Pakistan through to a good score, given their successful defence of 171 two evenings prior.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • zaf on January 20, 2016, 0:56 GMT

    NZ playing great at their home backyard. NZ will be out in first round of T20 Worldcup as they can't play well in INDIAN pitches nor they can face spin in/out balls.

  • zaf on January 20, 2016, 0:49 GMT

    Well done by NZ they played outstanding. PAK was unlucky as AFRIDI, HAFEEZ, SHAHZAD couldn't score. NZ was lucky that both openers did score. For 3rd T20 don't need any change in PAK team, as it will drop players confidence.

  • Yasein on January 19, 2016, 21:46 GMT

    @FIJICRICKET I dont know what point youre trying to make. @EKAVIRA The problem with your statement is that we didnt hit many sixes....and the ones guppy did hit wouldve sixes on any ground. And I dont understand how NZ is a whole tier below Australia.....Recently, lots of people have left the Australian team..... Both teams at full strengh would be evenly matched. India on the other hand, cant buy a series outside their home.

  • Junaid on January 19, 2016, 20:55 GMT

    @DarrynThompson..Comedy is very important for survival in life brother ! Otherwise how can we subcontinent teams survive after these defeats..haha

    but If u want congratulations then we must say that hats off to ur Nz team & their aestheticism :)

  • nathan on January 19, 2016, 20:30 GMT

    @ EKAVIRA - I'm not sure what score book your reading... A six is a six regardless of the size of the boundaries. The point is, is that both teams get the same playing conditions. Stop using conditions and grounds as an excuse. Different sizes and conditions make for interesting cricket.

  • Hasnain on January 19, 2016, 16:48 GMT

    Pakistan's T20 batting lineup should be in the order of aggression, stability and then aggression to make use of the first 6-over limit. Hence the order should be: Afridi, Sarfaraz, Hafeez, Malik, Akmal, Rizwan (and then all-rounders like Imad, Anwar Ali etc.). Pakistani team always put they best batsmen in middle or lower order instead of being the first to come and face. We therefore always had weak opening and first down batsmen who then put pressure on the good middle order.

  • Nadefr5020842 on January 19, 2016, 14:37 GMT

    @fiji actually yes they are amongst indias best options atm. Why do you think they were brought in? Barring Shami there's nobody better.

  • Junaid on January 19, 2016, 9:42 GMT

    It was very disturbing to see Irfan & Tanveer being dropped ! Sohail Tanveer is made for Nz & Ausi pitches becz He bowls with different angles. In Next match, Umar Gul will have to some how get unfit again..haha..If He want's to save His carrier & work on His speed & swing again ! & Bring Irfan back !

  •   Darryn Thompson on January 19, 2016, 9:16 GMT

    When NZ play overseas and lose we fans congratulate the opposition and look for ways we can improve for next game. When subcontinent teams come here and lose their fans whinge and cry endlessly about whatever flimsy excuse they can cling to as if it is a sin to admit you were beaten by a better team on the day. Grow up and learn about sportsmanship.

  • Mahmudul on January 19, 2016, 6:55 GMT

    I think Pak should call Azgar Zaedi in t20. He was very impressive in BPL. He is a genuine all rounder(not bits and pieces). they should get rid of immad, gul etc and use S. Tanvir, SMalik as regular Bowlers as they have more variations. Pak should definitely get rid of A Shezad even if he score a 50 in nxt game bcz he promises a lot.

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