Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

KS Williamson
KS Williamson
84(86) 9x4 - 3x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
5 6 13 6 8 19 11 16
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
83(77) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 20 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
5 1 3 4 16 15 19 20

Best performances - Bowlers

AF Milne
AF Milne
O9.3
M0
R49
W3
Eco5.15
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali
O7
M0
R37
W2
Eco5.28
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: George Binoy

7.40 pm What an entertaining game we've just watched at Eden Park. Excellent partnerships from both teams, followed by big collapses, rain, a tense D-L equation, a massive umpiring mistake and a last-over finish. Would this game have finished differently had umpire Bowden heard the edge off Anderson's bat soon after the resumption? Perhaps. Pakistan had no reviews left to ask for a referral.

Ahsan Butt: "It won't be fair to decry about that decision. Pakistan has lacked the spark in their batting. Openers have failed, no late-innings hitting. Such an ordinary show from Pakistan at this crucial time of the season. Well deserved series win for the Blackcaps."

Jay: "As a Kiwi, we didn't deserve to win this game. Anderson should have been out, and pakistan should have won. Hollow victory. "

michael: "That was terrible batting at the end from NZ. Ronchi, Anderson and Santner all tried to be heroes rather than pick up singles to win the game."

Dave: "He was expensive bowling today, but Santer must be one of the finds of the summer in cricket"

Martin Guptill is Man of the Match for his runs and four catches. "A tough wicket to get your timing on," he says. "Pretty happy with the record, more happy with the win. Surface was a bit slow, hopefully the groundsman can bring it back up for Wednesday (against Australia)."

Azhar Ali: "We played good cricket, batted really well but could not finish the way we wanted, but we had enough on the board to defend. We were short by the way we were going we should have got 30-40 runs, we lost crucial wickets at times but 290 is a tricky score on this track. We tried hard but credit to New Zealand."

Brendon McCullum: "It was a really good game, we were under pressure when we had the ball in hand, Pakistan looked set for 340-350, I thought the way we closed off our bowling certainly helped our batting ... another wonderful stand from Kane and Gup and then it came down to a couple of important moments, we had a bit of luck at the end ... 290 is still a lot of runs and you have to bat well to chase down ... the rain probably helped us at the end, when it shortens the game it favours the batting team ... not too bad, got through it (when asked about his time in the field.)" He signs off by congratulation Pakistan for a hard fought series.

Cam: "Little harsh from Jay. You win some and lose some.Remember Adelaide ? Certainly not a hollow victory. NZ keeps finding ways to win. Well done."

Tim: "Harsh to call that a massive umpiring mistake, it was important, but not a really bad call. very understandable, and if Pakistan hadnt wasted thier review earlier... unfortunate, important call, but not "massive mistake""

Arslan Satti: "A decision like Anderson just ruins a prefect match and win. Sure NZ deserved to win as they played better cricket today BUT sadly that one decision ruined whole match for fans of either side"

Right, that brings our ball-by-ball coverage of this series to an end. But Australia are up next and New Zealand's summer of cricket moves on to its next and final course. That should be a cracking series. Thank you for all your emails today, thank you for returning to us after that technical glitch in the first innings, and thank you for reading. Cheers.

42.4
4
Wahab Riaz to Santner, FOUR runs, there it is! Santner clears his front foot and drives the full and straight ball between midwicket and mid-on to win the series 2-0 for New Zealand
42.3
0
Wahab Riaz to Santner, no run, he's beaten again! After that cool drive, Santner has played two rash slogs across the line, he tries to pull again but misses the good length ball that speeds over the stumps

Dave: "Milne instead of Henry?! Even after his heroics the other day? Harsh from Hess

42.2
0
Wahab Riaz to Santner, no run, short of a length and straight, Santner stays in his crease and pulls but gets beaten
42.1
4
Wahab Riaz to Santner, FOUR runs, what a cracking drive from Santner, this young man is so talented! He backs away towards leg to a good length ball right on the stumps and drives with power through cover, terrific timing and placement

Six to get off the final over. How are Pakistan still in this?! Wahab to bowl the final over.

END OF OVER:
42 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 257/7 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.11, RRR: 6.00)

  • Adam Milne0 (1b)
  • Mitchell Santner2 (3b)
  • Mohammad Irfan8-0-60-1
  • Wahab Riaz8-0-43-1
41.6
0
Mohammad Irfan to Milne, no run, what a finish from Irfan! Sends down a speedy delivery across the right-hander and beats Milne's steer to third man
41.5
1
Mohammad Irfan to Santner, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Santner slugs it towards long on with a flat bat
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Quick all out

1

No. of totals higher than Pak's 290 for which a team was all out with 15 or more balls left in the innings while batting first - Eng's 302 v NZ, Southampton, 2015.

First time ever

0

No. of times a team had two players taking four or more catches in an ODI innings, before New Zealand (Ronchi & Guptill) in this match.

two eighties

5

No. of times two batsmen got out in the 80s in an ODI inns for NZ, including today (Guptill & Williamson). Previous two instances were also against Pak.

Three in a row

1992

Last time NZ had won three consecutive ODIs in Auckland, before this ongoing sequence. They had won three in three in 1992 World Cup before losing to Pak in SF.