At Napier, December 28. New Zealand won by six wickets. Toss: New Zealand
The match was overshadowed by an incident which led to Aqib Javed becoming the first player to be suspended for breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct. New Zealand were chasing 137 and had lost both openers for 30 when Jones gave a lobbed, gloved slip catch off a short-pitched delivery from Aqib. Umpire Aldridge called a no-ball, judging that it was above shoulder-height, a verdict supported by television replays. After the match, Aldridge reported the bowler to the referee, Peter Burge. The non-striker, Crowe, and a nearby fieldsman, Ramiz Raja, attended a 75-minute hearing, where Crowe said Aqib had called the umpire an effing cheat. To Aqib's defence that he was talking to himself, he commented: It was a funny thing to call yourself. Burge suspended the bowler for the next international.
Crowe's other major contribution to the day's entertainment was a match-winning 47 not out. New Zealand had kept Pakistan's score down on a pitch which was harder than in Wellington but grassy. Continuing wet weather reduced the contest to 42 overs each. Patel once again opened the attack with off-spin and, like the medium-pacer Larsen, conceded under two an over. More history was made when the first two decisions taken in New Zealand by a television umpire, Steve Dunne, came from successive deliveries, Shahid Saeed was narrowly out and Rashid Latif more comfortably home, both after run-out appeals.
Man of the Match: M. D. Crowe.