New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd T20, Wellington January 22, 2016

Anderson 82* sets up punishing NZ win


New Zealand 196 for 5 (Anderson 82*, Guptill 42) beat Pakistan 101 (Sarfraz 41, Elliott 3-7, Milne 3-8) by 95 runs
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NZ take series with thumping win

Corey Anderson limped off the field with 15 overs of the third T20 still remaining, but by then he had done enough to tilt the match, and the series, decisively New Zealand's way. He had smashed an unbeaten 42-ball 82 to power New Zealand to a total of 196, and by the end of his second over, when he pulled up with cramps, had picked up two wickets to help reduce Pakistan to 36 for 4.

A good start is critical in a chase of such magnitude, and Pakistan did not make one. Failing to get on top of a short ball from Trent Boult, Mohammad Hafeez sliced a high catch into the point region. In the next over, Ahmed Shehzad picked out deep square leg while looking to pull Anderson, before Mohammad Rizwan ran himself out hurtling needlessly from his crease. Shoaib Malik struck three sweetly-timed fours off Boult, but the required rate brought out a miscued slog in the next over; Anderson had his second, and New Zealand were firmly on the road to victory.

In the end, Anderson was not required to come back onto the field as New Zealand wrapped up the match with close to four overs still remaining. Only two Pakistan batsmen reached double figures as they only just scraped past the 100 mark.

This was surely not the finish Pakistan had envisioned when Shahid Afridi chose to bowl after winning the toss. But the portents were clear right from the first ball of the match, which Martin Guptill flat-batted to the cover boundary. Carrying on from where he left off in Hamilton, Guptill tore into Anwar Ali, who replaced Umar Gul in Pakistan's seam attack, spanking him for another four and a six off the last two balls of the first over.

With Guptill in an equally punishing mood against Imad Wasim's hitherto unhittable left-arm spin, New Zealand reached the half-century mark as early as the start of the fifth over. They could have gotten there earlier, had more if not for Mohammad Amir's efforts to tie up Kane Williamson at the other end, bowling with pace and giving him no room.

Guptill was looking unstoppable until Afridi brought himself on and pulled things back with his skiddy topspinners from just back of a length. He forced Guptill to miscue a slog-sweep and hole out, and gave away only seven runs from his first two overs. In between, a brilliant piece of fielding from Rizwan at midwicket ran out Colin Munro at the non-striker's end.

Not long after, Williamson had holed out off Wahab Riaz, and Ross Taylor had retired hurt with a side strain. But New Zealand still had the momentum, with Anderson already underway with two fours and a six off his first twelve balls.

Anderson was not at his most fluent, but his method of clearing his front leg to make swinging room brought him rich dividends whenever anything was pitched in his hitting zone. All four of his sixes flew over the arc between deep midwicket and long-on, with those two fielders made to look like spectators.

With the leg-side boundary packed and a sweeper square on the off-side, third man was usually inside the circle. This gave Pakistan's seamers little margin for error when they tried to fire in the yorker, as Anderson made room, freed his arms, and carved the ball over or wide of that fielder for four of his six fours, with Wahab, who went for 43 in his four overs, receiving special attention for this form of punishment.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Huss on January 24, 2016, 1:55 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan team is that they not only have a useless captain but a bad coach who has poor man management skills. Therefore the team feel insecure thus affecting performance. Agreed there are also some dead wood in the team who have long passed their 'used by' date. With the unprofessional outfit like the PCB there little hope for Pakistan cricket

  • Imran on January 24, 2016, 1:09 GMT

    Very bad performance by pakistan.. Very good by NZ. Time for some changes.. Try this team.. 1- sharjeel 2- Babar Azam 3- Hafeez 4- Umar Akmal 5- Sarfaraz 6- shaoib Malik 7- Aamir Yaman 8- afridi 9- imad Wasim 10- wahab 11- Amir

    For a long time I supported Ahmad Shahzad but honestly speaking his performance has bn great in limited overs recently.. In test he is good. I hope PSL might get him some form and confidence.

  • Jay on January 23, 2016, 16:42 GMT

    Pakistan are going through the same issues with selection that India are going through. Too much favoritism is ruining the sport in our part of the world. This match was lost mainly due to PAK batting. Guys like Shehzad, Afridi, Hafeez etc are wasting everyone's time. How many more chances will they keep getting from the PCB ? Lastly, the coach shouldn't be blamed here. Waqar Younis can only take the horse to the river, he cannot make it drink the water there. I hope I make sense.

  • Junaid on January 23, 2016, 13:27 GMT

    Thank God, I didn't comment before this match & My Energy & sense of humor is still Intact !

  • Mohidin on January 23, 2016, 12:25 GMT

    Two worst defeats in T20 and no immediate solution.Lot of youngsters tried ,even Rizwan we all were supporting made a fool of himself.In recent years it is the bowling attack which supported sub standard batting performance but that too failed on this occasion. one must also give lot of credit to NZ team out standing performance with their superb batting and bowling, long may it continue on Indian pitches and grounds.

  • india on January 23, 2016, 12:24 GMT

    well played nz team from an india fan

  • india on January 23, 2016, 12:19 GMT

    anderson is a good t20 batsmen only in nz

  • Jamshed on January 23, 2016, 9:16 GMT

    Poor show Pakistan! Time for the PCB to get rid of the 'Ad' heroes. Afridi, Hafeez, Shehzad and the like. Time to induct wicket takers. Time to replace the bearded bowling coach. Time not to succumb to player pressure. No doubt senior players have become lethargic. Checking Afridi's tenure in international cricket, its 20 years. Vow! In other countries 20 year experienced have their sons in the field. Afridi doesn't want to leave. He is immature, his moves are too obvious. The rival captain very easily traps him 9 out of 10 times.

  • Qazi Iqram on January 23, 2016, 7:16 GMT

    The problem I see with Pakistan is poor assesment .You can never make out the logic behind there decision making.Anyways they need to let go of some players for good.Hafeez being one of them.Yes he made 60 something in the first T20 but that is his story of life,play one good inning and be there for next 10 matces just on that merit.

  • Mike Gillatt on January 23, 2016, 7:14 GMT

    It would be nice for some subcontinent fans to give credit where credit is due. If its not the grounds are too small, its the pitches dont suit, and if its not that the players selected aren't any good and nor are the coaches. The Blackcaps are a good team. They beat Pakistan in the UAE which was meant to be a fortress. Ive spent all summer reading the negativity of the Sri Lankan fans and now the Pakistani fans. Might be time to get behind yiur team and for a few of you grow up

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