Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JEC Franklin
62(75) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %35%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 4 2 1 2 1 0 9
Misbah-ul-Haq
93(91) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 1 0 1 5 0 4 17

Best performances - Bowlers

SB Styris
O9.0
M0
R40
W3
Eco4.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
O10.0
M1
R51
W3
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
49 | 14 Runs | PAK: 264/8

  • Sohail Tanvir14 (6b)
  • Misbah-ul-Haq93 (91b)
  • TG Southee10-0-70-0
  • SB Styris9-0-40-3

That winds up our coverage for this game, and I really enjoyed bringing you the action especially towards the end. On behalf of Abhishek Purohit and Sanjay Murari, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Stay tuned for more on the site, and do join us for the fifth match on February 3. Cheers!

Who is that talking about cliques in the Pakistan team! Afridi is heaping praise on Misbah, and Misbah is returning the compliment. Between them, they have won Pakistan a couple of memorable games here and they will fancy their chance to close the series out in the next game. Sid Ravindran's final bulletin captures the twists and turns of this game. While you wait for that, do check out our Chrome extension and the ESPNcricinfo toolbar.

Apologies for my slip up - there are indeed two more games to play, but Pakistan will still look to close out the series in the next game.

Misbah is Man of the Match: "Things have worked well for me in recent times. The wicket was really good today, I enjoyed batting here. I enjoy playing with Younis, even during the Tests and other ODIs in the past. The teamwork is coming through - the skipper is doing very well, the team is gelling well. We have a good vibe leading to the World Cup."

Afridi: "Credit to the bowlers, keeping things quiet with the new ball on this great batting track. 265 is still not an easy total, but Shehzad started off well. The way Misbah and Younis took on the responsibility in the middle overs was crucial. Great knock from Misbah."

Vettori: "We were 40 short on a very good deck ... Lack of resources, lack of runs. We used up most of our bowlers by the end of the Powerplay, and asking Scottie Styris to come on in the end was a tough call. I am struggling with the hamstring, will take a look at it again and take a call. Nathan McCullum's form offers us a lot of options, and Franklin continued his fine form."

New Zealand's woes continue. They were inconsistent today - with bat, and with ball. They probably needed 30 more runs on this track, and better lengths from the seamers. Styris bowling the 48th over left them prone for damage in the end.

48.6
4
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, He can't! Sohail has finished it off with another booming boundary. Why is he batting at No. 10? This is some tail that Pakistan have, it is hardly a tail. Short ball from Southee, angling across at decent pace. Sohail has figured out the short line of attack and pulls it majestically over the packed infield. Misbah and Sohail join hands mid-pitch and smile in relief. Majestic Misbah marches off with a masterly 93, his career-best score. What a finish. Pakistan 2 New Zealand 1. With two to play.
48.5
0
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short again, but no room this time for Sohail to play the steer. He still tries, mind you. Too close for comfort and he misses. Through to Baz. Another dot. Can Southee end the over on a high?
48.4
0
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short ball, well wide outside off stump and Sohail looks to swat it square. And misses! Drama everywhere.
48.3
2
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, 2 runs, better length, but Sohail is alert to the situation. It is fuller outside off, Sohail opens the face and runs it fine for a couple to third man. Bennett barely manages to haul it in, and save two runs.
48.2
4
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, boy, he can hit 'em! He can hit them with a straight bat. He can hit them with a horizontal bat. And he can hit them into the safest gap in the field - straight behind the bowler. This was short of a length and angling across Sohain who played an authoritative forehand slap back down the ground.
48.1
4
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs, and Sohail has smacked it back past the bowler with disdain! Length ball from Southee on leg stump, Sohail just drills it through mid on for four. Nobody moved. Vettori didn't have a chance, injury or not.

Southee comes on. New Zealand need to go for wickets here. Slip in place. Fielders everywhere. What a finish!

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

JEC Franklin
62(75) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %35%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
1 4 2 1 2 1 0 9
Misbah-ul-Haq
93(91) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 16 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
1 1 0 1 5 0 4 17

Best performances - Bowlers

SB Styris
O9.0
M0
R40
W3
Eco4.44
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
O10.0
M1
R51
W3
Eco5.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF