Player of the Match
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    23.6 and a wicket out of nowhere. Guptill's thrown it away. Short ball, it was there for the pull, but considering Shoaib's extra pace, he may have wanted to keep it down. Instead, Guptill went aerial. And holed out to the man at deep midwicket. It was a very good bouncer mind you, effort in that ball, just outside off, and caught Guptill by surprise and he was actually not looking at the ball when he played it. 112/3
    0.1 and Ryder is run out without facing a ball! Back of a length in line with middle and off, Guptill stays on the crease and pushes it to mid-on. Ryder comes out of the crease thinking of a single, and turns back too late. The throw from Misbah running across from midwicket was dead accurate and Ryder's short by more than a foot. Guptill made a start, but backed out. Ryder - out injured for two games, in a twitter rant, and now this. What horrendous luck! Misbah had one stump to hit and he did. 0/1
    12.6 Jamie's agonising stay at the crease gets out with a shot that typified the innings. It was just back of a length, not the right delivery for the pull, but Jamie's built so much pressure on himself, he resorted to his favourite shot to effect the jailbreak. He stayed on the crease and looked to pull/swing it in the air over midwicket. Alas, it got big on him as he went for the shot and the top edge popped up towards deep midwicket. All over for How. 53/2
    41.5 Captain gets captain. Finally an lbw goes Pakistan's way. Afridi slowed this one up through the air, landed it on middle and off. Taylor set himself up for the big booming slog sweep and missed. It did not look as plumb as the previous one, but umpire David upheld this after a good look. Afridi puts his hands up, he wanted that one. Taylor has a smile of resignation as he heads back. Replays say it was just clipping the top of off and middle. 192/6
    29.3 McCullum is gone in a mad swoosh into the Hamilton night. Afridi flights this one on middle and leg and gets it to turn ever so slightly. McCullum moved the front foot across and looked to hack high and across the line. He ended up getting a top edge that just went straight up and was taken safely at long on 131/4
    34.6 Styris is run out. Superb throw from short Younis at short fine leg. Taylor tickled it round the corner and set off for a quick run. Styris came across immediately, but it was always going to be tight. Younis just detonated the stumps with a laser throw. Styris tumbled in, diving full length, but to no avail. 150/5
    42.3 The last time I saw a left-arm green shirt bowl those thunder yorkers was when Wasim Akram was still playing. Riaz has produced a missile here and Franklin's done well to protect his toes. No such luck for the furniture. 143 kph, from the moment Riaz released it, this was headed only one place - base of middle and off. Riaz knew it. Franklin knew it. He moved the feet to the leg side and played all over it, mostly in hope. Stumps are crashed. Riaz roars. Spectacular. 194/7
    45.2 Nathan's perambulations at the crease come to an end. Again moves across to outside off stump before getting the front foot across to play the lap shot. Gul responds with a slow offcutter at 122 kph. Nathan did not make good contact with it, he seemed to play it onto the stumps. 222/9
    43.5 Oram's gone, and the screws are tightening here. Unlucky in a sense, he picked long on with inch-perfect precision. Backs away to the leg side again, Gul tries to york him but it is just off the mark, so Oram gets under it and times the lofted swing pretty well. Just not good enough to clear the ropes 207/8
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    46.5 Pakistan have won the series in style. Take a bow! Riaz has finished it off with one back of a length outside off, Bennett hangs back and looks to steer it square. Inside edge thuds into the stumps. 227/10
    16 (lb 8, nb 1, w 7)
    227 all out (46.5 Overs, RR: 4.84)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (JD Ryder, 0.1 ov), 2-53 (JM How, 12.6 ov), 3-112 (MJ Guptill, 23.6 ov), 4-131 (BB McCullum, 29.3 ov), 5-150 (SB Styris, 34.6 ov), 6-192 (LRPL Taylor, 41.5 ov), 7-194 (JEC Franklin, 42.3 ov), 8-207 (JDP Oram, 43.5 ov), 9-222 (NL McCullum, 45.2 ov), 10-227 (HK Bennett, 46.5 ov)
    Abdul Razzaq4.011904.75143000
    Shoaib Akhtar8.003214.00273010
    Wahab Riaz8.505135.77222151
    Umar Gul7.002824.00253000
    Shahid Afridi10.005525.50225000
    Mohammad Hafeez9.003403.77260110

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