ICC World Twenty20 - 18th match, Group F

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)

0.1

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven well but straight to cover

0.2

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, short in length outside off, 129. kmph, forced off the back foot but can't beat backward point

0.3

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, full pitched around off stump, Akmal drives sweetly - all the three shots have been well struck- but again straight to mid-off

0.4

Mills to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, full in length but sliding down the pads, flicked to long leg region

0.5

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, on a length, around the middle stump line, Akmal leans forward to defend

0.6

Mills to Kamran Akmal, 5 runs, pushed towards mid-on for a single but there is a direct hit at the non-striker's end and the ball runs away to the boundary!

End of over 1 (7 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (93 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 4.89)
Kamran Akmal    7* (6b)      KD Mills    1-0-7-0
Shahzaib Hasan    0* (0b)     

1.1

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, full in length outside off stump, driven on the up to mid-off

1.2

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, short in length, on the middle and leg, short-arm pull to deep square-leg region for couple of runs

1.3

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, full in length, around the off stump, Akmal moves back and across to turn it to backward point

1.4

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, not all that short of length, Akmal shapes for his short-arm pull but wisely decides against it at the last minute and ends up stabbing it away to the on side

1.5

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, stands up tall to push the length delivery to cover

1.6

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, full again but well outside off stump and Akmal lashes it over point with his typical airy square drive that he plays so well .

End of over 2 (6 runs) Pakistan 13/0 (87 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 4.83)
Kamran Akmal    13* (12b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0
Shahzaib Hasan    0* (0b)      KD Mills    1-0-7-0

2.1

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, 130.4 kmph lifting delivery and the debutant hops to keep it down on the on side. Akmal says something and Shahzaib nods

2.2

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 no ball, Two slips watch as Shahzaib allows the length delivery to curve through to the 'keeper

2.2

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, Top-edges the pull to fine-leg boundary and these are his first runs in international cricket. It was the short-pitched delivery on the off stump and he went for the pull

2.3

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, attempted yorker and Shahzaib digs it out

2.4

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, length delivery moving in towards off and middle, pats it to the off side

2.5

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

Subhan: "Pakistan should chase the target as early as possible to boost up their NRR which will come into effect for this group for sure (if Pakistan wins today).. Pakistan has really become highly unpredictable.."

2.6

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 run, full in length on the middle stump line, retains the strike with a little dab to midwicket

End of over 3 (6 runs) Pakistan 19/0 (81 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.76)
Shahzaib Hasan    5* (7b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-13-0
Kamran Akmal    13* (12b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-6-0

Vettori to bowl now.

3.1

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, 2 runs, flighted outside off stump, Shahzaib went for the big shot, didn't time it well but it lands safely in deep extra cover region

3.2

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, 2 runs, Ah! another mishit as Shahzaib is beaten in flight but he had enough meat on it to just clear mid-on

3.3

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, SIX, Third time lucky and what a hit from the debutant. He stretched forward, reached the pitch of the flighted delivery and swing it high over long-off.

3.4

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, the quick arm ball, skidding towards middle and off, defended

3.5

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, leans forward to defendt

3.6

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 wide, pushed well down the off side

3.6

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, flighted around the off stump, leans forward to defend

End of over 4 (11 runs) Pakistan 30/0 (70 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 4.37)
Shahzaib Hasan    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-11-0
Kamran Akmal    13* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-0-13-0

4.1

Mills to Kamran Akmal, SIX, Superb shot from Akmal. It was full and straight, Akmal leaned into it and lifted it deliciously straight. And he holds his pose.

4.2

Mills to Kamran Akmal, OUT, But he is gone now. Mills hurled a short-pitched delivery and Akmal swivelled to pull, hit it cleanly but straight to deep square leg

Kamran Akmal c Guptill b Mills 19 (18m 14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 135.71

4.3

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, 3 runs, short in length and outside off stump, Razzaq stands up tall to play a nice-looking punchy stroke through covers

4.4

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 run, lifting delivery outside off, Shahzaib stands up tall, gets on top of the bounce and guides it down to third man

4.5

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, no run, short delivery outside off stump, pushes inside the line

4.6

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, no run, shaping away from the off stump and it curves past the outside edge. Ooh s and aahs from Mills

End of over 5 (10 runs) Pakistan 40/1 (60 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.00)
Abdul Razzaq    3* (3b)      KD Mills    3-0-23-1
Shahzaib Hasan    16* (14b 1x4 1x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-11-0

5.1

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, fullish, homing in on the off stump, jabbed off the outer edge to backward point

5.2

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, Shahzaib shows us another glimpse of his talent. It was a short-pitched delivery on the off stump, he rocked ball to unfurl a feisty pull shot. One bounce and over the ropes.

5.3

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, SIX, Even better. What a stunning upper cut. Lifting delivery outside offstump and he cut it up and over backward point. Very stylishly done.

5.4

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, He continues to lash away merrily. Yet another Pakistani player who shines on his debut. They have a great tradition and history of doing this. It was slightly short and Shahzaib drag-pulls it through midwicket.

5.5

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, full in length and moving in towards middle stump, defended on the front foot

5.6

Butler to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, lovely yorker just outside off stump, stabbed to the off side

End of over 6 (14 runs) Pakistan 54/1 (46 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 3.28)
Shahzaib Hasan    30* (20b 3x4 2x6)      IG Butler    1-0-14-0
Abdul Razzaq    3* (3b)      KD Mills    3-0-23-1

6.1

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, outswinger around the off stump, pushed to cover point where a tumbling stop is made

6.2

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, length delivery just outside off stump, defended to point

6.3

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Shahzaib flirts with it and is beaten. He is not happy with himself, practices defending it in the V

6.4

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, yorker length and dug out quietly to the off side

6.5

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, FOUR, Wallop! What a bundle of talent. It was slightly short and Shahzaib swiveled off the front foot to pull it high over midwicket boundary. The crowd roar.

6.6

Mills to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, digs in the bouncer and Shahzaib ducks

End of over 7 (5 runs) Pakistan 59/1 (41 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.42, RRR: 3.15)
Shahzaib Hasan    34* (25b 4x4 2x6)      KD Mills    4-0-28-1
Abdul Razzaq    4* (4b)      IG Butler    1-0-14-0

7.1

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, no run, full on the off and middle, defended to cover

7.2

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slows up the pace, tosses it up more, driven to cover

7.3

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, turning away from Razzaq who square drives it to deep point

7.4

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, no run, lunges forward to push it to the off side

7.5

Vettori to Shahzaib Hasan, 1 run, the arm-ball on the off stump, cut away to deep point

7.6

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, nicely flighted delivery, slower through the air, Razzaq was sucked into a forward prod and edged the waft. Very good delivery.

Abdul Razzaq c †McGlashan b Vettori 5 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

End of over 8 (2 runs) Pakistan 61/2 (39 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.62, RRR: 3.25)
     DL Vettori    2-0-13-1
Shahzaib Hasan    35* (27b 4x4 2x6)      KD Mills    4-0-28-1

8.1

NL McCullum to Shahzaib Hasan, OUT, Oh what have you done Shahzaib? He pushed it towards midwicket and set off for a suicidal single. He was obviously sent back as the ball had not gone too far away from Brendon McCullum who fired in a fast throw to McGlashan who removed the bails. Gone. A very fine debut comes to an end. He packed in quite a few entertaining and thrilling hits in his action-packed innings.

Shahzaib Hasan run out 35 (37m 28b 4x4 2x6) SR: 125.00

Afridi is in. His favourite shot? He says, "Any shot for a six!"

8.2

NL McCullum to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, He starts off with a four. He leans forward to play a fine paddle sweep. Now, a leg slip moves in.

8.3

NL McCullum to Shahid Afridi, no run, low dipping full toss, hit well to the right of Nathan McCullum who makes a stunning diving stop. What a athletic pair of brothers

8.4

NL McCullum to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, turned through the on side for a single

8.5

NL McCullum to Shoaib Malik, no run

8.6

NL McCullum to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, floated full on the middle and leg, Shoaib sweeps it hard for his first boundary

End of over 9 (9 runs) Pakistan 70/3 (30 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.77, RRR: 2.72)
Shoaib Malik    4* (2b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-9-0
Shahid Afridi    5* (3b 1x4)      DL Vettori    2-0-13-1

9.1

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-off for a single

9.2

Vettori to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Another fine piece of bowling from Dan. Again, he slowed up the pace, looped it up ever so slowly outside off, Malik was early into his drive, tried to check it but ended up chipping it straight to cover

Shoaib Malik c BB McCullum b Vettori 4 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

9.3

Vettori to Younis Khan, no run, leans well forward to defend down the track

9.4

Vettori to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted outside off and Younis plays his favourite sweep to get off the mark

9.5

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, shuffles towards off stump, pushes it through midwicket for a single

9.6

Vettori to Younis Khan, no run, quicker one, on the middle and off, punched back to the bowler

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 73/4 (27 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.30, RRR: 2.70)
Younis Khan    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    3-0-16-2
Shahid Afridi    7* (5b 1x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-9-0

10.1

Butler to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, fullish, on the middle and leg, flicked to deep backward square-leg region

10.2

Butler to Shahid Afridi, no run, low dipping full toss, pushed back to the bowler

10.3

Butler to Shahid Afridi, no run, the bouncer on the middle stump and Afridi goes down under

10.4

Butler to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, lunges out to drive hard past the non-striker, who ducks, and down to long-on

10.5

Butler to Younis Khan, 1 run, full and straight, works to wide midwicket for a single

10.6

Butler to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Slower one attempted but it will be picked up from the wide midwicket boundary. Afiridi waited for it before he pulled it to the boundary

End of over 11 (8 runs) Pakistan 81/4 (19 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 2.11)
Shahid Afridi    14* (10b 2x4)      IG Butler    2-0-22-0
Younis Khan    2* (4b)      DL Vettori    3-0-16-2

11.1

Vettori to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on the middle and off, driven to long-off

11.2

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, lovely slow delivery, Afridi is upto the task, though, he waits before working it through wide mid-on

11.3

Vettori to Younis Khan, no run, drifts towards middle stump, defended on the front foot

11.4

Vettori to Younis Khan, 1 run, lunges forward to tap it past square leg for a single

11.5

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, the arm-ball curving in to the middle, Afridi picks it, goes back to defend it to the on side

11.6

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower in the air, outside off stump, cut away to deep point

Vettori leaves the ground

End of over 12 (4 runs) Pakistan 85/4 (15 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.08, RRR: 1.87)
Shahid Afridi    16* (13b 2x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-20-2
Younis Khan    4* (7b)      IG Butler    2-0-22-0

12.1

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, short and wide, Afridi reaches out, takes the bottom-hand off the handle so that he completes the arc and reaches the ball, cuts it wide of sweeper cover

12.2

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, from round the stumps, full and outside off, Afridi reaches out to drive wide of long-off for two more runs

12.3

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Franklin tries a slower one and Afridi reads it early and dismisses it to extra-cover boundary. It was well outside off and he lashed it away

12.4

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, 3 runs, full and again, well outside off, Afridi reaches out to slice it high over backward point

12.5

Franklin to Younis Khan, no run, shuffles towards off stump and guides the full delivery to point. Just four runs away from victory.

12.6

Franklin to Younis Khan, 2 runs, moves towards off stump and flicks it past square leg for couple of runs. Just 2 more.

End of over 13 (13 runs) Pakistan 98/4 (2 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.53, RRR: 0.28)
Younis Khan    6* (9b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-19-0
Shahid Afridi    27* (17b 3x4)      DL Vettori    4-0-20-2

13.1

NL McCullum to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, What a win for Pakistan. They rediscovered their flair and the tournament has come alive. It was floated full and outside off stump and Afridi went for the big slog sweep, top edged it high over midwicket. McCullum ran back and the deep midwicket fielder ran in and they collided as the ball landed between them. Both seem to be ok, though.

Vettori: Why they batted first? "I discussed with a few guys and we thought if we can get a good total, we can apply some pressure. They bowled really well, have a varied attack. we never got the momentum going. It's incredibly difficult to defend a total less than 100.

YOunis: It was a good toss to lose. I would have batted first. Razzaq gave us break through. Then Afridi and Gul. We chased int in 13 or 14 overs; it would help our run rate."

Man of the Match UMAR Gul: "It was a special day. We bowled the first six overs very well and took three wickets. Later on, captain told me to go for the wickets. We practice hard for the yorkers and slower ones. Aquib javed (bowling coach) helps and also the movies [Videos] of watching Wasim bhai and Waqar bhai."

When Pakistan play like this, they are such a delightful team to watch. Great for international cricket. Let's see what tomorrow brings. Till then, this is Sriram Veera, signing off. Alvida!

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Jun 13, 2009

Pakistani fans cheer for their side, New Zealand v Pakistan, Group F, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 13, 2009

Pakistani fans cheer for their side

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Jun 13, 2009

Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan confer during their innings, New Zealand v Pakistan, World Twenty20 , The Oval, June 13, 2009

Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan confer

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