Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 7 Runs | PAK: 158/5 (23 runs required, RR: 7.90)

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed11 (8b)
  • Shoaib Malik15 (13b)
  • Adam Milne4-0-26-2
  • Mitchell McClenaghan4-0-43-0

Tune into ESPN Match Day to find out what went wrong for Pakistan in that manic chase, north-east corner of the web page.

10.50pm A shoddy batting display from Pakistan, to say the least, save Sharjeel Khan. A blistering start from Sharjeel but Pakistan have ended in a disastrous whimper. New Zealand weren't sensational with the ball, frequent and regular loose deliveries, but were good in the field and field placements and stuck to the basics. Pakistan failed to find the boundary in the last 5.1 overs, symbolic of their struggles. Akmal and Shehzad just tightened up in the middle. Nonetheless, credit to NZ for keeping it simple. Not much to say, except for the fact that Pakistan lost it more than NZ winning it.

Guptill, the Man of the Match: "A bit of tightness in the hamstring (reason for being off the field). We found early that the wicket was good than what we have been playing on. Wanted to be aggressive and it paid off for us. Got to keep playing the same way, we got enough power in our batting line-up to keep going. The new ball came on a bit more, hopefully we can keep it going."

Kane Williamson: "Nice to play on a really good surface, the batting unit played their roles really nicely and the bowlers pulled it back nicely after a tough start. Slightly above par, 180 wicket on any wicket can be a touch chase. They certainly played well in the first 6. We played on a couple of wickets that spun viciously but the spinners adapted here. Good bunch of lads, nice we are playing well and our strengths have been playing some smart cricket.

Shahid Afridi: "First of all, want to congratulate him (Williamson). The bowlers bowled well in the middle, we played well in the first 6 but after that we didn't. Easily we could have scored more than 6 but we didnt. We tried to hit the ball, tried to go for the boundary and we played a lot of dot balls. We still keep repeating the same mistakes, every game we are making the mistakes. We have to forget this game and focus on Australia. "

Milne to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, another full toss on middle and leg, not sure what more you can ask for. Sarfraz mows to midwicket for a run. New Zealand have qualified for the semis in the process

Shoddy batting display

Milne to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, speared in the blockhole on middle, driven to long-on. What an anti-climax

Afridi with his hands in his head

Milne to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, a legcutter on off and middle, slapped to point for a couple.

Tim: "no boundary since last 5.2 overs. So disappointing."

Milne to Shoaib Malik, no run, a slower delivery outside off, Malik is through the shot and misses.
Milne to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, another full toss on middle and leg, bunted to cover. Looked like it was over the waist.
Milne to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, a low full toss on leg, pushed down to long-on, just the two. Amazing how Pakistan have failed to find the boundary

The last over. Milne will finish.

19 | 9 Runs | PAK: 151/5 (30 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 30.00)

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed7 (5b)
  • Shoaib Malik12 (10b)
  • Mitchell McClenaghan4-0-43-0
  • Adam Milne3-0-19-2
McClenaghan to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, smeared to midwicket and that should be the game.
McClenaghan to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, another brace. A low full toss on leg, can there be a worse delivery? But all Sarfraza can do is flick to fine leg for two. All gone to pieces
McClenaghan to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, a good bouncer on middle, swatted away to square leg. Just the two. Stunning end-over bowling

Shahed : "Pakistan should've sent Sarfaraz place of Khalid Latif, may be. " - Definitely

McClenaghan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, very full on middle, not sure the shot selection of that with four fielders deep on the leg side. Worked down to fine leg
McClenaghan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, a full toss outside off, but Malik walks across and works to square leg. Just the two

Sushil: "Not conceding a boundary in the 16,17 and 18th over of a T20 game is some serious death bowling."

McClenaghan to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, short on middle and leg, slogged away straight to deep midwicket

18 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 142/5 (39 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.88, RRR: 19.50)

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed1 (1b)
  • Shoaib Malik9 (8b)
  • Adam Milne3-0-19-2
  • Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-34-0
Milne to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, good delivery. Sarfraz backs away and Milne follows him. Sarfraz taps a cut to point. Just the one, a great over. Almost vanquishes Pakistan's hopes
Milne to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, superb yorker on off, jammed away to cover

Big trouble as Sarfraz enters. Sarfraz batting four positions too low.

Manish: "Never thought I will see U Akmal struggle this badly to time the ball. He is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball in Pakistan.."

Milne to Umar Akmal, OUT, Akmal's struggling innings ends, and has done his side quite some damage in the process. Another full toss on middle, he just lobs it in the hands of long-on. Guptill takes an easy catch

Umar Akmal c Guptill b Milne 24 (37m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Milne to Umar Akmal, no run, another dot ball. Akmal struggling. Short outside off, Akmal misses a routine pull.

Gowtham: "Both the Mitch-s going for plenty in their first over but winning it with some impressive bowling in their second spell"

Milne to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, a full toss on middle, swatted away to deep midwicket, two more. Still no boundary. Pak sinking quickly

Khurram: "These two not being able to hit the boundaries, this is not the case of playing all 20 overs. Come on!!"

Milne to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, great execution. Speared in the blockhole outside off, crunched to deep point

No boundaries in more than two overs, Pak need more than two in this one. Milne has the ball. Could be the match-defining moment.

17 | 8 Runs | PAK: 137/4 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 14.66)

  • Umar Akmal22 (23b)
  • Shoaib Malik7 (6b)
  • Mitchell McClenaghan3-0-34-0
  • Ish Sodhi4-0-25-1
McClenaghan to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, good delivery. Short on off, Akmal pulls to square leg for a couple. Good over again from McClenaghan.
McClenaghan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, slapped off the back foot straight to the sweeper cover. Just the one.

Pak in need of a boundary

Rizwan Zafar : "Umar Akmal not middling it today, going at less than run a ball and not finding gaps. "

McClenaghan to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, short and wide, a nice cut towards third man but Santner puts in a great dive to prevent two more runs.
McClenaghan to Shoaib Malik, no run, ooh, beats the bat of Malik. Good length on off, Malik tries a cheeky dab to third man but is beaten

Farhan: "Surely Akmal needs to use the long handle now! He has been in for a while."

McClenaghan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full toss outside off, Akmal gets too much bat on his cut and therefore the sweeper cover cleans up easily

Ashokkumar Ramk: "With the pressure building up, Even the slow bowlers are looking threatening. Look at how Sodhi is bowling those flat deliveries and giving just singles."

McClenaghan to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, full on off, driven to long-on, a fumble from Anderson at long-off allows the second run

A boundary an over atleast required from here.

Where are the boundaries?


No. of boundaries hit by Pakistan in the last five overs when the require run rate was 11.60. They just scored 35 runs and lost the game by 22 runs

Explosive start


Runs scored by Pakistan in the Powerplays, which is their best in World T20 and joint-best against top-8 teams in all T20Is.

Rare opening success


No. of 50+ opening stand for Pakistan in their last ten T20I innings, before this match. Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shahzad have put up fifty-run p'ship today.

Expensive Amir


Mohammad Amir's economy in this match, which is the worst when he has bowled all four overs in T20Is and third-worst overall.

WT20 topper


No. of wickets for Afridi in World T20s - most by a bowler. He has gone past Malinga (38) with his dismissal of Corey Anderson.

Guptill vs Pak


Runs scored by Guptill against Pakistan in T20Is, which is the third-highest by a batsman against a particular team. Guptill has scored 424 v SA & Duminy 378 v Aus.

Rocking openers


No. of partnerships of 50 or more between Guptill and Williamson, in their last 10 innings they opened together in T20Is including today.

Advantage NZ on recent form


NZ's win-loss record against Pak in their last four T20Is. Overall, Pak lead 8-6 in the previous 14 T20Is; 4 of those wins came in the first four matches between them.