Skied and taken! Slower delivery in the slot, Ravindra gets inside the line and tries to loft it over the leg-side, the bat twirls in his hands and Babar gobbles it safely running from the cover region. 11th wicket of the series for Rauf and the first in front of his local crowd
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||PAK||16.67||-||-||0||1/40||0.97||16.67|
That's it from ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the fourth T20I. We hope you enjoyed our watch. Don't forget to join us again on Monday when these two sides will be back in action at Rawalpindi for the fifth and final T20. Until then, it's goodnight from Momin and the team and a very happy Eid to everyone celebrating. Adios!
11.15pm: It was enterprising while it lasted. New Zealand got off to a flyer courtesy a flurry of boundaries in the first couple of overs. Pakistan turned to Imad early in the piece and he delivered the goods, plucking out two wickets inside the powerplay. Despite back-to-back wickets, New Zealand notched up 50 runs in the first six overs. Imad struck for the third time to peg back the visitors and was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts. Chapman and Bowes, however, then combined to string together a handy 54-run stand with the latter bringing up a wonderful maiden fifty in the format. He was dismissed by Shaheen in the 14th over before Chapman stole the limelight and took down the Pakistan bowlers. New Zealand looked set for a total in the vicinity of 180 with Chapman unbeaten on 71* before rain and a whole lot of hail intervened which meant the play had to be called off prematurely.
11.05pm: Right, we have news and it's not a good one. The match officials have re-evaluated the conditions and they have called the game off. Television visuals from the ground suggest that massive puddles have formed on the outfield and further play won't be possible, unfortunately.
Anish: "Nepal needing 11 wins out of 12 to qualify for the ICC CWC Qualifiers in Zimbabwe and Nepal did exactly the same winning 11 out of 12 ODIs. That was huge atleast for Nepali fans."
Cowan: "Can't forget the 2 test matches roughly 2 weeks apart when NZ beat England by 1 run and Sri Lanka by 2 wickets on the final ball of the match"
Not something we see on a cricketing day quite often:
Abhi: "Moment of the year for me was when the Aussies won the women's world cup to continue their dominance/ The overall success of the inaugural SA20"
TJ: "Adam Zampa's maiden mankad in the BBL. Greatest moment so far for me." Ah, didn't quite go Adam's way
Hafiz Sajid Ali: "The moment when Ish Sodhi hit 6 on the last delivery to get his team to play super over against Sri Lanka… You remember the moment or not?"
Noman: "Afghanistan winning series against Pakistan has to be the moment of the year. What a moment of joy for the Afghan people back home."
hsan: "We had a Rinku moment this year." That really was quite something, wasn't it?
M Ahmad : "The PSL 2023 final was a bloody good day for franchise cricket." It sure was
Paras: "It's the same western disturbance that's across Northwest India and Pakistan that has affected both IPL match and this match."
10.40pm: While we wait for the rain (hail?) to halt, let's discuss some cricketing moments of 2023 so far, shall we? For me, the South African women's side qualifying for a home final is right up there.
Junaid: "I think it's over, it's hailing cats and dogs in Pindi." We have our fingers crossed for an eventual resumption, Junaid
Omar Shah: "Rain stopped here in my area near Rawalpindi, I hope it stops in the stadium as well. "
Hayyan: "Could have kept the matches in Karachi, no chance of rain here whatsoever for a month."
10.25pm: Geez, it's turned into a proper hailstorm now. The Pindi outfield has turned totally white in a matter of moments. The ground staff, too, are ducking for cover.
And we are going off as the rain has gotten much heavier now. Boos from the crowd but it's really pouring down at the moment. Here's to hoping it's just a passing shower.
Looks for the blockhole this time but serves up a high full-toss on leg-stump, Chapman has shuffled away and glides it towards sweeper cover
Jahanzeb: "I am 5-6km away from the stadium and it's raining heavily here. I hope the rain stays here"
Heaved into the orbit! Advances down the wicket to this gentle-paced length ball, swings through the line and it sails high and handsome over the deep midwicket boundary. Chapman into the 70's now
Pace-on this time, targeting his pads, Ravindra is rushed by the extra pace and collects a leg-bye
Slower delivery, keeps a touch low as it sneaks through Ravindra's attempted slog
A slight drizzle going across the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as we see the ground staff readying themselves on the sidelines
Well-directed yorker, homing into off-stump, Ravindra does well to dig it out
Off-cutter, in the slot for Ravindra to attempt a leg-side heave, gets beaten by the lack of pace and swings through fresh air
Fuller again from Shaheen, spliced into the on-side from Ravindra and they scamper back for two more
Huge appeal as Chapman gets rapped on the back-pad. Very full from Shaheen and it's angled into the leg-stump. Chapman fails to clip it and the appeal is turned down by the umpire. Pakistan decide to go upstairs. Replays suggest that it's umpire's call on wickets hitting so the on-field decision is retained.
SK: "Pretty ironic how Kiwi's star players Glenn Phillips, Conway, Southee, Boult aren't playing this series, but their team is doing fine without them... and Phillips and Southee aren't even picked by their franchises."
Cut away for four! Short and wide outside off, this was asking to be hit and Chapman just hangs back and times it in front of backward point. No chance for the sweeper cover fielder to cut this off
Slower delivery outside off, advances down the track to heave it away but gets beaten by the lack of pace
Attempted yorker on leg-stump, Chapman stoops low to ramp it over short fine, cannot get any bat on it as it's too wide down the leg-side
Yorker length this time, outside off, dug out nicely into the off-side
Fuller delivery wide outside off, Chapman converts it into a full-toss and creams it through the off-side for two
Drilled for four more! Fuller delivery, just outside off, Chapman stands tall and maintains a stable base as he crunches it sweetly past the bowler to fetch yet another boundary. To pour salt on Pakistan's wounds, Zaman has overstepped and it's a free-hit loading up
Absolutely crunched! Picks up the off-cutter, waits on the back-foot for it to arrive before thrashing it in front of sweeper cover. No chance stopping that as Chapman brings up a brilliant half-century
Pumped downtown! Attempted yorker turns into a juicy full-toss on off-stump, Chapman shuffles across and just thumps it back over the bowler's head to bring up 1,000 runs in the format
Fierce bumper, middle and off-stump line, stoops under it this time
Fuller and angling down leg, Chapman goes down on one knee and tries to ramp it over, it's just a bit too wide for him to connect
Hayyan Abdullah: "If New Zealand have done their homework then they should know for sure that below 200 Target is pretty much chasable here in Rawalpindi and with ease."
Change of pace on a length, Ravindra is through his shot way too early, it keeps a tad low and thuds his left thigh before rolling towards thirdman
Zaman to bowl the 17th
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to field first|
|Series result||Pakistan led the 5-match series 2-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 2048|
|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 days||20 April 2023 - night (20-over match)|
Over 19 • NZ 164/5
|MS Chapman||not out||71||42|
|Extras||(lb 4, nb 1, w 4)|
|Total||164(5 wkts; 18.5 ovs)|