6th ODI, Auckland, Feb 5 2011, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(44.1/50 ov, target 312)
New Zealand won by 57 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
PAK Innings
Full commentary

For the moment, this is Abhishek signing off for now, along with my colleagues Sanjay and Sahil. Have a look at Nitin's bulletin, which should capture all the action from the game for you. Keep the feedback coming. Cheers!

That brings us to the end of what has been a thrilling series. Don't forget to join us for the big one, the World Cup. England and West Indies have some unfinished business in Australia and Sri Lanka, and you can tune in for all the action from those series tomorrow.

Shahid Afridi receives the series trophy. Umar Akmal takes it and they all huddle down for the team photos, flashing victory signs. It looks a pretty happy Pakistan unit in the middle, and that is so heartening to see.

Afridi: 'We enjoyed our tour. All the best to NZ for the World Cup."

Taylor: "We have enjoyed having Pakistan in the country. Look forward to playing you in the World Cup. Thanks to the crowd for the support. We hvae got some momentum with this win."

Jesse Ryder, the Man of the Match: "Good to get a few in the middle of the bat. Feel No 3 is a good position for me to get some runs."

Hang on for the presentation.

It finally took a dead rubber for everything to click for New Zealand. Ryder, Styris and Nathan led a batting onslaught either side of the middle-order stutter, and then the fast bowlers struck at vital moments to give their side a victory with a comfortable margin.

Bennett to Umar Gul, OUT
Jamie shows How it is done, Gul went for the hoick over midwicket, got it off the toe end of the bat, and the ball went miles in the air, against the backdrop of the evening sky at Auckland, but it had to come down, and How took a well-judged catch, and New Zealand have another win, only their second in 16 games
Umar Gul c sub (JM How) b Bennett 1 (12m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
end of over 442 runs
PAK: 254/9CRR: 5.77 • RRR: 9.66 • Need 58 runs from 36b
Shoaib Akhtar2 (6)
Umar Gul1 (1)
Tim Southee8-0-47-0
Hamish Bennett8-0-46-3
Southee to Shoaib Akhtar, no run
now he backs away and has a go once more, but this is the slower one, of course it misses the wickets as well
Southee to Shoaib Akhtar, no run
throws his might at it, but does not make contact as the ball again misses the stumps
Southee to Umar Gul, 1 run
spirited down the ground for a single
Southee to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run
thumped down to mid on, Southee is keeping them full and up to the stumps
Southee to Shoaib Akhtar, no run
Shoaib goes miles outside leg stump, and then looks to swipe at a full delivery that somehow contrives to miss leg stump
Southee to Shoaib Akhtar, no run
pacy full delivery but down the leg side, he gets into a tangle as he tries to flick it fine

Amir Yunus: "Misbah is missed."

end of over 4311 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 252/9CRR: 5.86 • RRR: 8.57 • Need 60 runs from 42b
Shoaib Akhtar1 (1)
Umar Gul0 (0)
Hamish Bennett8-0-46-3
Tim Southee7-0-45-0
Bennett to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run
stays on the crease to a full pitched ball and thick-edges it down to squarish third man
Bennett to Shahid Afridi, OUT
Nathan has held on to a scorcher here, how has he survived this one? Afridi had mowed it brutally down the ground, Nathan was in the way at deepish mid off, and put his body behind the line of the ball, and went down with the booty, he now has a toothy grin, but he wouldn't want to be in the way of these missiles often, Pakistan;s chances end with Afridi's departure
Shahid Afridi c NL McCullum b Bennett 44 (70m 35b 4x4 2x6) SR: 125.71

square leg in the circle now

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run
135 kph bouncer, Afridi had again made room outside leg stump, and was surprised with the short one as it sailed past him
Bennett to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs
take that! Afridi brings up 250 with a loft over long on's head, just cleared the front leg, backed away outside leg, and even though Bennett followed him, the momentum deposited the ball into stratosphere
Bennett to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
this one has gone wrong too, Afridi was ready for it, saw it early and hammered it over extra cover for a boundary
Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run
Bennett continues to get his slower ones on target, it bounces gently over Afridi as he misses out the heave
end of over 426 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 241/8CRR: 5.73 • RRR: 8.87 • Need 71 runs from 48b
Sohail Tanvir30 (32)
Tim Southee7-0-45-0
Hamish Bennett7-0-35-2
Southee to Shahid Afridi, OUT
has Southee pulled off a stunner? He has, Afridi got one in the blockhole and dug it out close to the stumps, Tanvir was pretty slow to get going, and what's more he did not slide his bat in, in fact it got stuck inches short of the crease, and Southee removed the bails with a horizontal leap, super stuff from the quick man, Pakistan sink further
Sohail Tanvir run out (Southee) 30 (44m 32b 5x4 0x6) SR: 93.75
Southee to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
Shahid gets the boundary for the over, Southee helps him with a nice easy full toss on the leg stump, and Afridi thwacks it backward of square leg, one foot in the air as he plays the shot
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run
almost makes it three in three, but Tanvir stretches it out to extra cover and they take a single
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, no run
another low full pitched delivery outside off stump, he cannot get the bat down in time and another precious dot ball results
Southee to Sohail Tanvir, no run
right in the blockhole, Tanvir cannot do much about those, is beaten as he tries to squeeze it to point, Afridi frets at the other end
Southee to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
turns this full toss down to fine leg, wants a second, the throw is off target too, but Tanvir does not want to take the risk

The Batting Powerplay has been taken. Southee from round the stumps

end of over 4111 runs
PAK: 235/7CRR: 5.73 • RRR: 8.55 • Need 77 runs from 54b
Sohail Tanvir29 (29)
Shahid Afridi29 (27)
Hamish Bennett7-0-35-2
James Franklin8-0-50-3
Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run
teasing one full and wide outside off, Tanvir has a go and misses, don't know whose good fortune it is
Bennett to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
murders another fuller and slower one but straight to sweeper cover