1st T20I (D/N), Wellington, Jan 22 2018, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(15.5/20 ov, target 106)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
NZ Innings
Full commentary

7.00pm That was a disappointing performance from Pakistan, and even though they fought back really well in the second innings, their batting was a major let-down. New Zealand, as usual, clinical in execution, struggled early, so they switched their approach to caution and accumulation.

And when they were in sight, Munro launched. He would have become just the third batsman to four consecutive T20I fifties, but was denied it by one run. It was a tough pitch to play cricket on, with plenty in it for the bowlers. But for the sixth straight time on this tour, New Zealand have been too good.

Colin Munro is the Player of the Match: "Very pleasing for me, not something I'm used to, gave myself some time. A little bit up and down, but not a shocker. We spoke about trying to play straight, we went across the line and lost wickets. I've evolved in the last 12-18 months, I tried to premeditate in the shorter format, but reacting well. I was owed one (the hit on the wrists), hit Malik on the head."

Sarfraz Ahmed: "We lost too many wickets, and didn't recover for the full match. We assessed the pitch, if we don't have wickets in hand, we did lose. They bowled well. Our bowlers bowled well, if we scored 130-140 it would have been a good match.

Tim Southee: "Winning the toss on that wicket, and taking wickets was the plan. Not your typical Westpac wicket. He has been playing great cricket (Rance), he's shown he's worthy of playing in this team."

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 wide
dug in and called wide, too high. Munro fails to get to four successive fifties, ends up on 49 not out. But New Zealand take away a 1-0 lead in the T20 series.
Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs
136 kph, full delivery outside off, Taylor leans into a drive and caresses it away through cover for four. One to win, Munro needs one for the record. A block coming up?
Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs
132 kph, another boundary. Short around off, Taylor stands tall and pulls over midwicket for another boundary. Too easy, just five required, Munro needs one
Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs
Taylor's area, on off and middle, slogged away over midwicket
Hasan Ali to Taylor, no run
133 kph, good length outside off, pushed away towards extra cover. The field has been brought up to stop the run
Hasan Ali to Munro, 1 run
131 kph, good length outside off, punched to deep cover to move to 49
end of over 153 runs
NZ: 92/3CRR: 6.13 • RRR: 2.80 • Need 14 runs from 30b
Colin Munro48 (42)
Ross Taylor10 (9)
Shadab Khan4-0-18-1
Rumman Raees4-0-24-2
Shadab Khan to Munro, 1 run
dropped on the boundary! A googly on off, Munro slog-sweeps the ball to deep midwicket. Umar Amin jumps very late and drops an absolute sitter at this level. He got up late and made it look harder than it was. Just one
Shadab Khan to Munro, no run
short and wide, the googly maybe, 90 kph, Munro misses a cut
Shadab Khan to Taylor, 1 run
fullish delivery outside off, 87 kph, tapped in front of point for a run
Shadab Khan to Munro, 1 leg bye
strays down leg, Munro looks to hit the ball over midwicket but fails to make contact, one leg bye to third man
Shadab Khan to Munro, no run
on the pads, clipped to midwicket
Shadab Khan to Munro, no run
short down leg, worked to short fine leg

Shadab is back.

end of over 149 runs
NZ: 89/3CRR: 6.35 • RRR: 2.83 • Need 17 runs from 36b
Ross Taylor9 (8)
Colin Munro47 (37)
Rumman Raees4-0-24-2
Mohammad Nawaz1-0-14-0
Rumman Raees to Taylor, no run
135 kph, shortish and wide, dabbed towards point. The fielder leaps to his right to stop the ball
Rumman Raees to Munro, 1 run
full and quick, 133 kph, on off, worked to deep midwicket
Rumman Raees to Taylor, 1 run
131 kph, on the pads, worked away to deep midwicket
Rumman Raees to Munro, 1 run
short and wide, 132 kph, slashed to deep point. All over by the silence at the Westpac
Rumman Raees to Munro, no run
full and wide outside off, 132 kph, Munro drills a drive to mid-off. Absolutely hammered
Rumman Raees to Munro, SIX runs
six more. 132 kph, good length down leg, Munro picks it up and then shovels a heave over square leg. So easy
end of over 1314 runs
NZ: 80/3CRR: 6.15 • RRR: 3.71 • Need 26 runs from 42b
Colin Munro39 (33)
Ross Taylor8 (6)
Mohammad Nawaz1-0-14-0
Faheem Ashraf1-0-8-0
Mohammad Nawaz to Munro, 1 run
90 kph, shortish and wide, carved to deep point for one
Mohammad Nawaz to Munro, SIX runs
in the slot and outttta here, on middle and leg with some flight, full. Munro stays low and slog-sweeps the ball with so much ease over square leg
Mohammad Nawaz to Munro, FOUR runs
89 kph, knows Nawaz will bowl it shorter, outside off, swatted away over cover
Mohammad Nawaz to Taylor, 1 run
runs down and works the ball to deep square leg for a single.
Mohammad Nawaz to Munro, 1 run
flat on middle and off, Munro backs away and swats the ball to wide long-off, but just the one