Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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"Very tough game. After we lost Hafeez as a bowler, it was difficult to get the fifth bowler," Misbah-ul-Haq says. "The way Haris and Shahid went about it, it was really a wonderful performance. We are looking to try different things because this is the last series before WC. We will try more things in coming games. We have to take chances at this stage. Sarfraz could be really helpful down the order, he plays spin and big shots under pressure really well.. we are looking for that role for him in Australia. The partnership was really special. The temperament of Haris for the way he bowled for very good. And that helped him well in batting as well. And Shahid played a tremendous knock according to the situation."

"Yeah, I think on the back of Ross' superb knock we had a reasonable total on the board but we didn't do the job well with the ball," says Kane Williamson. "We picked up the wickets early but couldn't finish the job. There are some positives, lot of things to learn by playing in this part of the world. Pakistan played extremely well and deserved to win. Vettori's was an outstanding catch and an important one too. We certainly want to win every game we play, we want to put out this team as much as possible."

"I tried my best. Thanks to Shahid bhai, it didn't feel like I was playing in international cricket during that stand," Haris Sohail, who is the Man of the Match, says. "He supported me really well. Vicky bhai and Mushy bhai gave me confidence.. they told me that I would bowl. I wanted to play a long innings like this and it worked out well."

A wonderful contest. New Zealand had the upper hand once they dismissed the first six Pakistan batsmen for only 124. But then that partnership between Haris Sohail and Shahid Afridi - uncharacteristic in its flair but utter important.. It slowly ground New Zealand out. That after New Zealand's innings had followed the same pattern with Ross Taylor leading them to 246. Sohail, in fact, played the mirror role perfectly to bring up his maiden half-century... and what an important one that was! Add to that his 10 overs of economical bowling. Pakistan would also have been pleasantly surprised by the restraint Afridi showed during the chase, scoring 61 important runs.

lefty: "poor captaincy by Williamson. Fine leg and third man needed to be much finer for at least the last 5 overs. Needed a short cover and short mid wicket for the same period. And once it got down to a run a ball had to have the most of the fielders stopping one. Elementary stuff really"

Saad: "Happy to see team didn't rely on the bigs Younis and Misbah to bail them out. They took responsibility."

Neesham to Haris Sohail, FOUR runs, short ball, Sohail finishes it with a boundary over fine-leg. Fantastic knock from Sohail and he deservingly gets to hit the winning runs

Umar Gul has his helmet on but i don't think it's needed now

Neesham to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, slower delivery on the pads, Riaz dabs it to square leg for a quick single to level the scores

Neesham to Wahab Riaz now.

Neesham to Haris Sohail, 1 run, short delivery outside off, the batsman ramps it to third man for an easy single

Easy from here. Three runs are all they need. Neesham in conference with Williamson.

49 | 9 Runs | PAK: 244/7 (3 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.97, RRR: 3.00)

  • Wahab Riaz8 (5b)
  • Haris Sohail80 (107b)
  • Kyle Mills10-2-54-1
  • James Neesham9-0-56-2
Mills to Wahab Riaz, no run, looks to swing down the ground but misses it completely.. Mills keeps appealing for a caught behind but no one else shows interest
Mills to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, nicely crashes it to third man and calls for a second as it's Vettori down there. The throw comes in at the striker's end.. Could be a run-out..It's a tough one.. His dive has saved him
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So Long!


Number of months after which Afridi has faced more than 25 balls in an innings. Last time was during his 76 v WI in July 2013