Player of the Match
Player of the Match
21dThe Report by Danyal Rasool

Pakistan clinch series 2-1, claim No. 1 spot on T20I rankings

In a high-pressure, series-deciding, tour-shaping, third and final T20I, Pakistan overpowered New Zealand by 18 runs, setting them a daunting 182 to win and then constricting them in the field

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Guptill
59(43) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
5 0 17 10 3 7 12 5
Fakhar Zaman
46(36) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %71%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 1 1 7 9 10 9 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Shadab Khan
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MJ Santner
O4
M0
R24
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.35, Second Session 20.35-21.55

Match days

28 January 2018 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Commentator: @sreshthx

END OF OVER:
20 | 16 Runs | NZ: 163/6 (19 runs required, RR: 8.15)

  • MJ Santner24 (12b)
  • TA Blundell3 (5b)
  • Faheem Ashraf4-0-55-1
  • Mohammad Amir4-0-23-1

10.39pm And as Sarfraz and the rest of Pakistan's squad pose for a team photo, it's time for us to say goodbye as well. It's been a long tour, but Pakistan did well to finish their trip on a high. New Zealand, though, would be pleased with their performances as well, barring the last two games. Overall, a terrific tour and an excellent series. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We loved bringing it to all of you. For now, it's good bye from me, Sreshth Shah. Toodles!

10.32pm We're almost ready for the presentation ceremony. Shadab Khan is the Man of the Match. He says: Thanks to Allah and my parents. I enjoy playing here. Got some experience at Big Bash, so good to use that here. Our top order didn't score well in the ODIs, but they did well in the T20s, so maybe that's the difference. I enjoyed my time in New Zealand. Time for the PSL now."

Mohammad Amir is the Man of the Series. He says: "Thank you, tough tour for us, and this win is special for us, especially after the ODI series. Happy for our fans. In this format we were using our variations. Credit to team management because we've been working hard on those techniques. The ODIs didn't go well, but this series win and this award means a lot. Thanks to my family and dear Allah."

Kane Williamson, the losing captain. He says: "They were outstanding, so credit to them. They batted well, got a score that's just about par, but the way they bowled was the difference. We know T20 is a fine line, and it was close-ish, but credit to them for doing well in all facets. We need to come into grounds, identify what we want to adapt on, all in all our bowling has improved, but with the bat it's always a challenge with the run-rate going high in this format. Our fielding is something we pride ourselves on, and we do want to do better there ahead of the tri-series."

Sarfraz Ahmed, the winning captain. He says: "Credit goes to my boys. It's not easy coming back after 6-0. Just told the boys, 'nothing to lose. We're 6-0, worse case we'll be 8-0'. Fakhar was great today, and the wickets in hand helped at the end. The way Haris, Amin batted are excellent. Being No. 1 in the world is all thanks to the hard work of my team and my team management. Thank you so much to the crowd for their support."

Pide Piper: "With all visiting teams (Pak, Ind, Eng) playing much better cricket in the later part of their away serieses, there seems a need to balance the gap between home and visiting teams. May be that can be done by letting the visiting team have a wicket of its choice while the home team can still enjoy an overall better understanding of the ground as well as the home advantage."

Farooq : "Dethroning the home side from number one spot and then claiming the same spot for yourself, that's full on medieval invasion guys. All hail King Sarfraz and his army"

10.25pm Celebrations all around the Pakistan camp. Sarfraz has asked his team to gather for a huddle. They move to No. 1 on the ICC T20 rankings. The huddle ends with shouts of Pakistan zindabad!. Smiles plastered around every member of the Pakistan team. Not easy to come back from 1-0 down in New Zealand. What's most heartening for the visitors, is that they've had an excellent show with both bat and ball over the last two matches. Martin Guptill's fifty might've given them a scare for a moment, but their bowlers clawed back with some terrific line-to-line bowling. We'll be back with comments from both captains, and the Man-of-the-Match award. Rather difficult decision for the match referee.

Ramis: "Love the energy shown by Sarfaraz. Showing how much it means to him to captain his country."

hadi: "Unnoticed but Umar Amin deserves a lot of credit for his 3 sixes down the order."

19.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, no run, full on middle stump, and squeezed back to the bowler. He can't hold on to it as the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's. Celebrations all around! Pakistan win by 18 runs!
19.5
4
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, FOUR runs, full on off stump, heaved over to the off side. Tries to play over cover but the thick edge takes it over short third man instead. Consolation runs

Sarfraz tells his bowler. "yorker daal yaar (Bowl a yorker, bro)

19.4
6
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, SIX runs, slogged! Back of a length on middle stump, stands tall and pulled off the back foot. Lands beyond long on
19.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, no run, full and wide outside off stump. Angling across him and through to the keeper
19.2
2
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, 2 runs, good length outside off, heaved over to the leg side. Another skyer, that's going to long on, and dropped by Fakhar. Grabbed it, but once again as we've seen all evening, it pops out of his hand. Smiles all around though
19.1
2
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, 2 runs, back of a length outside off, bunted doown the ground off the back foot to long on

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st32MJ GuptillKS Williamson
2nd52MJ GuptillAK Kitchen
3rd3MJ GuptillTC Bruce
4th2C de GrandhommeTC Bruce
5th39LRPL TaylorTC Bruce
6th6TA BlundellTC Bruce
7th29TA BlundellMJ Santner