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1st T20I (N), Auckland, December 18, 2020, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(18.5/20 ov, T:154) 156/5

New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

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Well, that's about it from the first T20I. Thanks so much for joining us, and we look forward to having you back on Sunday. Take care!

"Great performance from the lads. Started out brilliantly with the ball," Santner says. "When guys come in and step up like Jacob did today, it's great. It looked like a tough surface and our bowlers gave an excellent account of themselves. The energy in the field was outstanding. We'll take the momentum into Hamilton with some of our big players coming back. We're looking forward to the World Cup in India and want to give guys opportunities. We'll make at least four changes next game and let's see how we go."

In the start, we lost too many wickets. If you lose the Powerplay in T20s, it gets very difficult to come back," Shadab says. "We have youngsters in the top order and they will learn quickly. The wicket was a bot two-paced and bouncy and it took some time for our batsman to adjust. We looked a bit rusty today and in the next game, we're determined to do better."

Jacob Duffy is Player of the Match for his four wickets. "It was very daunting at Eden Park. The lads have been awesome and made me feel comfortable above and beyond," Duffy says.

Right, so Pakistan did well to post 153 after that horror start, but this is the sort of pitch you'd want to put 200 on the board for. 20 for 4 doesn't give you much room for error, and neither do New Zealand. Pak may take positive but this is a clinical, ruthless win for New Zealand. And they have their best players coming back for the second game

Wahab Riaz to Santner, SIX runs

gets underneath this one, and finishes it off with a flourish! Another bouncer from Wahab and Santner was waiting for this one. Helped it on its way and watched it sail over fine leg. NZ go 1-0 up in the series

Wahab Riaz to Santner, no run

hits him on the pads. Another dot ball. This is a tight over from Wahab, though you suspect it's come too late

Wahab Riaz to Santner, no run

bouncer. Nearly took the NZ captain's helmet off with it. Decent pace, too

Wahab Riaz to Santner, 2 runs

chipped over cover and they jog back for a couple. New Zealand a boundary away now

Wahab Riaz to Santner, no run

Tried to make room for himself but Wahab bowls a yorker outside off

end of over 1815 runs
NZ: 148/5CRR: 8.22 RRR: 3.00
Mitchell Santner4 (3b)
James Neesham15 (10b 2x6)
Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-0-27-2
Haris Rauf 4-0-29-3
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Santner, 1 run

gives himself room, Afridi follows him but it's smashed back to long-on. Expensive over, and NZ need just 6 off 2 overs now

Liam: "I don't think those extra 2 runs will have as much of an impact as the extra 8 runs the drop of Chapman cost Pakistan.." Yep

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, 1 leg bye

angling down legside, and he gets a legbye down for a single. Seems to have rolled his ankle, though. Pakistan review, but I can tell you in advance, that's not out

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, SIX runs

In the slot - this has been a poor over from the usually dependable Shaheen. Right in the slot and Neesham clobbers it over cow corner. Sails into the stands for a maximum

"Don't say it! Please... don't anybody say it!" Apologies, Ben.

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, no run

slower ball Neesham tried to poke it down to third man, but finds himself beaten

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, 1 wide

bouncer, but he's taken it too far. Well above his head and the umpire calls wide

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, no run

slower ball, Neesham watchfully defends

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Neesham, SIX runs

whoa, that's classy. Rare occasion that Shaheen misses his length, and Neesham gets it right off the middle over Shaheen's head. Lands square on the rope and he's begun the over with six! Asking rate under six for the first time now

Mahd: "I have a feeling those 2 less runs are going to make a difference today" NZ will feel they're due some luck after, you know, those extra runs in the final over of that World Cup final

end of over 176 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 133/5CRR: 7.82 RRR: 7.00
Mitchell Santner3 (2b)
James Neesham3 (5b)
Haris Rauf 4-0-29-3
Wahab Riaz 3-0-37-0
Haris Rauf to Santner, 2 runs

flicked away deftly through the onside, and the cap off the over with a couple

Haris Rauf to Neesham, 1 run

runs it down to third man

Haris Rauf to Neesham, no run

dabbled to short third. Another tight over as the asking rate climbs slightly again

Haris Rauf to Santner, 1 run

short, it pops up into the air. He had no control over that shot. Lucky not to see it go straight to a fielder

Gaurav Sharma: "*Giggles at Champan typo*" Can I pass it off as a pun? Probably not...

Haris Rauf to Chapman, OUT

full toss smashes into the from pad, and it's given! New Zealand review, but Chapman will be lucky to survive that. Yep, hit him in line, which was the only question, and Chapman's on his way

Mark Chapman lbw b Haris Rauf 34 (20b 4x4 1x6 35m) SR: 170
Haris Rauf to Chapman, 1 wide

wide down legside. Pakistan can ill-afford this sloppiness right now

Haris Rauf to Neesham, 1 run

digs it out and hands Champan the strike

Rauf in. No Shaheen. Interesting

end of over 1616 runs
NZ: 127/4CRR: 7.93 RRR: 6.75
Mark Chapman34 (19b 4x4 1x6)
James Neesham1 (2b)
Wahab Riaz 3-0-37-0
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-0-13-2
Wahab Riaz to Chapman, FOUR runs

absolutely glorious batting from Chapman Moves away, creates some room and slaps Wahab over extra cover for a boundary! Expensive over that included some exquisite cricket from Chapman and a costly error from Faheem. NZ need under 7 an over now