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Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st T20I at Lahore, PAK v NZ, Apr 14 2023 - Match Result

1st T20I (N), Lahore, April 14, 2023, New Zealand tour of Pakistan
(15.3/20 ov, T:183) 94

Pakistan won by 88 runs

Player Of The Match
11 (5) & 4/18
Match centre 
Scores: K Vairavan | Comms: Shashwat Kumar
Scorecard summary
Pakistan 182/10(19.5 overs)
47 (28)
3/32 (4)
47 (34)
2/30 (3.5)
New Zealand 94/10(15.3 overs)
34 (27)
4/18 (3.3)
20 (24)
2/2 (1)

12:43am Right. That will be that from us for tonight. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. Until next time, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Vairavan and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo! Goodbye, goodnight and take care!

Babar Azam, Pakistan captain: (On playing 100 T20Is) I had never expected this. I still remember the journey of starting off here as a ball-boy on the side-lines, and to now be here, it is a huge honour. It was a team effort. Two wickets fell early but then Fakhar and Saim built the innings. The more you appreciate Saim, it is less. He is learning and dominating. Good luck to him for the future and I hope he can continue this. The pitch was assisting the bowlers so it was a good batting performance (to get that score). We had a complete bowling unit and the way Shaheen and Zaman started, Haris bowled and the way our spinners bowled was excellent. Always helps to have more bowling options.

Tom Latham, New Zealand captain: (How difficult was it to adapt) Our preparation was not ideal but we will not use that as an excuse. We did not quite adapt to the conditions early enough. We did well up top and in patches with the ball. On that surface, the score was slightly above-par. We did not build partnerships with the bat and once the rate went up, we had no choice but to go hard. (On Henry) He was fantastic. He was the only one who knew he got a hat-trick. Lot of guys have not been here and it is about taking the learnings from this game and adapt quickly tomorrow.

Haris Rauf, Player of the Match: It was important to put up this performance because I was playing after long for Pakistan. On this pitch, I tried to bowl stump-to-stump. If you start well, like Shaheen and Zaman gave today, you gain a lot of confidence. Your role gets defined a lot more when you have such a good bowling attack. (On which of his wickets was the best) All my wickets were good (chuckles).

12:21am Well, that turned into a fairly one-sided contest in the end. At the half-way stage, it felt that New Zealand had a chance. But once they lost three wickets inside the powerplay, the writing was on the wall. None of their batters got going and with Pakistan's pacers firing on all cylinders, they never really established a foothold in the game.

That said, the longish nature of this T20I series will give the Kiwis plenty of opportunities to turn things around. They will have to think of a riposte soon, though, with the next game slated for Saturday. They could put this down as a bad day at the office, while Pakistan can, conversely, look at this as a thoroughly professional display.

Haris Rauf to Lister, OUT

yes, he can! And he does it with an absolute corker! Length delivery that is angled into middle and off stump. On pitching, though, it nips away. Lister has no clue about it and misses the ball by a mile as it clatters into the stumps! Best T20I figures for Haris Rauf as well, and he, like the entire Pakistan bowling attack, have simply been too hot to handle tonight!

Ben Lister b Haris Rauf 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0

Can Rauf clean Lister up here?

Haris Rauf to Sodhi, 1 run

full delivery fired into the pads. Sodhi walks across and then plays all over it as the ball pings off his leg into the on side

Haris Rauf to Sodhi, 2 runs

back of a length delivery on leg stump. Sodhi nudges it into the leg side and has enough time to canter back for the second

Rauf to bowl out

end of over 152 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 91/9CRR: 6.06 RRR: 18.40 • Need 92 from 30b
Ben Lister0 (2b)
Ish Sodhi0 (1b)
Imad Wasim 1-0-2-2
Haris Rauf 3-0-15-3
Imad Wasim to Lister, no run

tossed up on a full length outside off stump. Lister comes half forward and prods it into the off side

Imad Wasim to Lister, no run

no hat-trick for Imad! Fired into middle and leg stump. Lister comes forward and pushes it down the ground

Lister to face the hat-trick ball

Imad Wasim to Henry, OUT

and he has nicked it through to Rizwan first ball! Length and darted into middle and leg stump. Henry comes down the track and seems to get a feather through to Rizwan, who takes it superbly. The umpire raises his finger but Henry reviews because, well, why not! A clear spike as the ball is close to the bat, and Imad, all of a sudden, is on a hat-trick!

Matt Henry c †Mohammad Rizwan b Imad Wasim 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 0

Hat-trick hero Henry is now out in the middle, hoping for some heroics with the bat

Imad Wasim to Milne, OUT

taken comfortably at deep mid wicket! Slowed up just a shade on middle and leg stump. Milne's eyes light up and he looks to smear it over deep mid wicket. He is not to the pitch of the ball, though, and ends up toe-ending it towards deep mid wicket Iftikhar gets under it and does the rest!

Adam Milne c Iftikhar Ahmed b Imad Wasim 3 (5b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 60
Imad Wasim to Milne, 2 runs

full and at the stumps. Milne works it into the leg side and scampers back for a brace

Imad Wasim to Milne, no run

full and darted into leg stump. Milne swings and misses as the ball hits the pads. Going down leg, though

Imad gets a bowl now, as soon as two right-handers are at the crease

end of over 147 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 89/7CRR: 6.35 RRR: 15.66 • Need 94 from 36b
Ish Sodhi0 (1b)
Adam Milne1 (2b)
Haris Rauf 3-0-15-3
Faheem Ashraf 2-0-17-1
Haris Rauf to Sodhi, no run

very full delivery just outside off stump. Sodhi hangs back and prods it towards backward point

Sodhi joins Milne

Haris Rauf to Ravindra, OUT

cleans him up! Pace is pace, yaar! Full, straight, you-miss-I-hit stuff from Rauf! This one is angled into middle and off stump. Ravindra swings for the hills but loses his shape completely. He is also awfully late on the stroke as the ball thunders into the stumps!

Rachin Ravindra b Haris Rauf 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 13m) SR: 40
Haris Rauf to Milne, 1 run

back of a length delivery on off stump. Milne goes back and runs it down to third man to get off the mark

Haris Rauf to Milne, no run

searing yorker just outside off stump. Milne is late on the stroke and can't get his bat down in time. Luckily for him, it just sneaks past off stump!

Milne is the new batter at the crease

Haris Rauf to Neesham, OUT

straight to backward point! Rauf has his revenge! Very full delivery outside off stump. Neesham opens his bat face, uses the pace and gets a decent piece of it. The only problem, though, is that he has laced it straight to Masood at backward point! But hang on...the umpires think this might be a bump ball, and go upstairs. The soft signal is out, though! That came to Neesham on the full, and left his bat on the full, nestling into backward point's palms eventually!

James Neesham c sub (Shan Masood) b Haris Rauf 15 (8b 2x4 1x6 17m) SR: 187.5
Haris Rauf to Neesham, SIX runs

shot! Slower delivery that lands right in the slot outside off stump. Neesham picks it early, swings through the line and deposits it over long on!

Rauf to continue from around the wicket

end of over 136 runs
NZ: 82/5CRR: 6.30 RRR: 14.42 • Need 101 from 42b
James Neesham9 (6b 2x4)
Rachin Ravindra2 (4b)
Faheem Ashraf 2-0-17-1
Shadab Khan 3-0-29-1
Faheem to Neesham, 1 run

back of a length delivery outside off stump. Neesham stands tall and tugs it towards deep mid wicket for one

Faheem to Neesham, no run

back of a length delivery just outside off stump that does not get up at all. Neesham has a hack at it and is bewildered as the ball goes well underneath his flailing blade

Faheem to Neesham, FOUR runs

slower delivery dug into the track on leg stump. Neesham has all the time in the world to wait for it and smash it past deep square leg for four!

Faheem to Ravindra, 1 run

full delivery angled across outside off stump. Ravindra shanks it towards mid off and collects a single

Faheem to Ravindra, no run

back of a length delivery just outside off stump. Ravindra scuffs it towards extra cover and sets off for the single. Neesham, though, is not interested, and sends him back

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Saim Ayub
47 runs (28)
6 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
1 four1 six
Fakhar Zaman
47 runs (34)
4 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
13 runs
0 four1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Haris Rauf
MJ Henry
Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultPakistan led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 2045
Hours of play (local time)21.00 start, First Session 21.00-22.30, Interval 22.30-22.50, Second Session 22.50-00.20
Match days14 April 2023 - night (20-over match)
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Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Win Probability
PAK 100%
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Over 16 • NZ 94/10

Ben Lister b Haris Rauf 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0
Pakistan won by 88 runs
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