It's all over! Good length delivery from Faheem, Chapman gently nudges it into the onside and they scramble for a couple. Fitting that it's Chapman who scores the winning runs for the tourists. 100th T20I win for New Zealand and what a way to do it. This is also the second-highest run-chase by a team against Pakistan in T20Is.
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
That's it from ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the fifth T20I. We hope you enjoyed our watch throughout the T20I series. Don't forget to join us again on Thursday when these two sides will be back in action at Rawalpindi for the first ODI. Until then, it's goodbye and goodnight from Momin and the rest of the crew.
Tom Latham: One of the best innings a lot of us have ever seen, hats off to Chapman. They [Neesham and Chapman] just worked out their partnership really well and kept piling the pressure back on the opponents. We spoke about how we want to improve from game to game. The prep for us wasn't ideal coming in but it's mightily satisfying that we ended with a series draw after being two-nil down. Unfortunately, Chapman is heading home [on being asked if Chapman is staying for the ODIs]. It's going to be a challenging ODI series and we are looking forward to the new challenge.
Babar Azam: I think we were 10-15 runs short after Rizwan revived the innings for us through the middle phases. The way Iftikhar performed in the batting department has been a major boost for us. Same goes for Imad how he carried his form from the PSL and chipped in with both bat and ball, it's been really helpful. We have a lot of positives from the series, especially how the young guns have come out and expressed. We have also understood the areas where we are lacking and we will try to improve. Special knock this from Chapman, congratulations to him. We will look to switch on for the ODIs and give our best there.
Mark Chapman is, expectedly, the player of the match as well as the series. 290 runs for him in five innings at a strike-rate of 165.7.
Mark Chapman: We are very happy with how we levelled the series tonight and finished the job. It took a bit of adjusting in the first two games and it's great to see that it worked out well. I was pretty thankful that Jimmy Neesham came out all-guns-blazing and took some pressure off me as well.
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Elky: "It's times like this when insomnia ain't so bad. Phenomenal work from Chapman with Neeshy in the wings."
Mohyuddin: "Defending anything below 220 on pindi pitch is difficult ask for any bowling side. Batters should be blamed by not providing decent total to bowlers.
Sathish Pichika: "Chapman tops the list of most runs scored in a T20 bilateral series! 290 (average 290) in 5 innings next is Leslie Dunbar (SER) 284 in 4 innings in Bulgaria 2022."
12.42pm: A run-chase of two halves, if that's one way to put it. New Zealand were dealt a couple of early blows when Shaheen struck twice in the first over to put them on the back-foot straightaway. They couldn't fully exploit the field restrictions and looked down for the count at 3/33 at the end of the powerplay. Chapman came in at No. 5 and began to inject impetus into the innings with Mitchell. The latter couldn't hang around for long, leaving New Zealand with 121 runs to get off the last 10. Neesham and Chapman then got together to string together a counterattacking stand as they took down both pacers and spinners. They brought the asking rate down from nearly 13 an over to under 10 and kept chipping away. Chapman was handed a second life by Shadab which proved to be a turning point as he soon after brought up a magnificent century, a contender for the all-time great innings from a New Zealander in T20Is. Neesham, too, played his part with a blistering 45* (25) as the tourists crossed the line and levelled the series.
Sunair: "For me, Faheem's first over where he gave away 14 was the turning point. Pakistan was in control before that. Should have brought a front liner to take wicket at that time and kill the game"
Andye: "Sensational batting from chapman! Picked apart pak's best bowlers with elegance. A must have for the ODI series!"
Faizan Ahmed : "This is all-time best partnership in T20I for the fifth wicket. Broke the record of Misbah-Malik stand back in 2007."
Length ball on the stumps, tries to guide it fine but gets a thick inside edge down to the keeper
Right, just needed 3 runs needed off the last over. What a stunning comeback this has been from New Zealand. Faheem to bowl.
Slower delivery onto the pads, chipped away into the leg-side to retain strike
Dug into the pitch, lunges back and pulls it towards wide long-on
New Zealand one hit away now
Full on off-stump, pumped towards mid-off for one
Fuller delivery, angling into the pads, splices his attempted lofted cover-drive towards long-on
Length ball outside off, creamed through the off-side towards sweeper cover
Pulled away with disdain! Shortish from Rauf, targeting his rib-cage, Neesham swivels on his feet and clobbers it in front of deep square leg
Just 12 off 12 needed now
Hundred for Chapman! Slower delivery outside off, tries to drag it into the onside but gets a thick leading edge that is skied back over the bowler and gets turfed in no-man's land. Chapman gets back for a couple and roars in delight as he reaches the glittering three figures. Only the 2nd batter to score a T20I hundred against Pakistan. Acknowledges the standing ovation from the Rawalpindi crowd.
High full-toss on the pads, nudged around the corner for one
An otherworldly straight drive! Full length, angled into the pads, Chapman maintains his shape and just lofts it supremely back over the umpire's head for another boundary
Length ball, shimmies down and splices it back to the bowler
Creamed for four more! Fuller again from Shaheen, Chapman stands tall and absolutely hammers it through extra cover to go into the nineties. Sublime batting this
Blasted over cover! Fullish delivery, into the stumps, gives himself some room, and absolutely blitzes it over the covers for four
Shaheen is back, 28 needed off 18
Decent finish to the over from the quick after conceding a boundary on the first ball
Full-toss, on the stumps, gingerly played back past the bowler for another run
Brutal yorker, angled into Neesham's toes who limps away to the non-striker's end
Fuller delivery outside off, creamed straight towards cover for one
Brad: "A team missing regulars like Williamson, Boult, Southee, Conway, Nichols, Seifert, Phillips, and Santner have really outplayed and outperformed the hosts by some distance. Take a bow Kiwis."
Banged into the pitch, does not bounce as much as Chapman tries to carve it away and it skids under his bat
Into the pitch, tighter line around the stumps, smoked down the ground again but finds long-on this time
Powered down the ground! 144 k's, on a length, Neesham shuffles away and tonks it with sheer power back over the bowler's head for four runs
36 needed off the last four. Ihsanullah to bowl the 17th from round the wicket.
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||5-match series drawn 2-2|
|Match number||T20I no. 2049|
|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||24 April 2023 - night (20-over match)|
Over 20 • NZ 194/4New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
|MS Chapman||not out||104||57|
|JDS Neesham||not out||45||25|
|Extras||(lb 1, nb 2, w 4)|
|Total||194(4 wkts; 19.2 ovs)|