Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The teams now move on to Abu Dhabi for the last two matches of the series. Pakistan one step away from wrapping it up, New Zealand one step away from making it interesting.... We will be back with our coverage too. Thanks for all your feedback and comments. Ciao ciao

"Our strength is aggression," Shahid Afridi says. "The only way of defence should be aggression. Everyone imbibed that. Batsmen played their part, bowlers played theirs. We were in a good position, so I came up the order to take advantage of the powerplay. Every game is a new game, so you have to keep repeating performances like this because we know New Zealand will want to come back hard. I have almost grown up in Sharjah. So thanks to the organisers and the crowd here.

Ahmed Shehzad is named Man of the Match. He says, "I have been hitting the ball throughout but the finishing touch was missing. But watching Hafeez, I got a lot of confidence. The pitch here doesn't bounce much - last match was a bit surprising - but I worked hard with the coaches to work on those areas."

"You could look at different areas but Pakistan batted brilliantly from start to finish," says Kane Williamson. "They hit a lot of boundaries and got a lot of balls from the middle. Our performance wasn't upto par. We didn't execute our plans well. We didn't get quite the height on our short balls. We are now going on to a different surface so we need to improve."

Shahid Afridi has led Pakistan to a massive 147-run win here to help team take a 2-1 lead in the series. This has been a refined performance from Pakistan and the foundation was laid by the batsmen. Shehzad's century, Afridi's fifty from No. 5, Sarfraz's late cameo.. it all added up to Pakistan's third-best total of 364. The chase was never going to be straightforward and once Pakistan took early wickets, it was just a matter of time. Misbah embraces Afridi at the boundary.. wonder what his thoughts would be on Afridi's captaincy here..

Bilal Ahmad: "Black caps lost only 1 wicket in Batting PP while pakistan lost 2... #positivity "

Shahid Afridi to Ronchi, OUT, that's the end! Afrid's 14th wicket for the year. He tosses it up and the batsman misses his slog.. It hits the off

L Ronchi b Shahid Afridi 41 (56m 40b 6x4 0x6) SR: 102.50

Shahid Afridi to Ronchi, no run, pushed through outside off, cracked off the front foot to short third man

38 | 2 Runs | NZ: 217/9 (148 runs required from 11.4 overs, RR: 5.71, RRR: 12.33)

  • Mitchell McClenaghan6 (9b)
  • Luke Ronchi41 (38b)
  • Wahab Riaz8-0-62-1
  • Shahid Afridi9-0-37-2
Wahab Riaz to McClenaghan, no run, looks to reverse-paddle the fast bowler! Makes no connection though.. He was meaning to play that off the backside of the bat..Interesting.. very interesting
Wahab Riaz to McClenaghan, no run, fires it in the blockhole, the batsman digs it out comfortably
Wahab Riaz to Ronchi, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, the batsman pushes it to extra cover for a quick single
Wahab Riaz to McClenaghan, 1 run, he manages to squeeze out the fuller delivery to third man
Wahab Riaz to McClenaghan, no run, he makes a good connection in this drive but hits it straight to cover! Moved his front leg out and punched it off the middle
Wahab Riaz to McClenaghan, no run, comes down the pitch to Riaz but doesn't get hold of this big shot.. bunts it to midwicket

37 | 6 Runs | NZ: 215/9 (150 runs required from 11.4 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 11.53)

  • Luke Ronchi40 (37b)
  • Mitchell McClenaghan5 (4b)
  • Shahid Afridi9-0-37-2
  • Wahab Riaz7-0-60-1
Shahid Afridi to Ronchi, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, catches the inside edge and runs to short fine leg
Shahid Afridi to McClenaghan, 1 run, whoaa! He goes for the switch-hit.. paddles it down to short third man
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Star Man Cometh

Shahid Afridi made 124 of 385 and 102 of 371 - Pakistan's two highest totals in ODIs and has followed that trend with 55 today of the 364

The Afridi effect


Pakistan's score during the batting Powerplay, the best in the series so far

Solid opener


No. of fifty-plus scores in 14 ODI innings for Ahmed Shehzad this year

Feeling blue in green


Younis Khan's average in ODIs since December 2012. He has a highest score of 58 from 12 innings