1st T20I (D/N), Wellington, Jan 22 2018, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(15.5/20 ov)106/3
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 25 balls remaining)
player of the match
Colin Munro
New Zealand

7.00pm That was a disappointing performance from Pakistan, and even though they fought back really well in the second innings, their batting was a major let-down. New Zealand, as usual, clinical in execution, struggled early, so they switched their approach to caution and accumulation.

And when they were in sight, Munro launched. He would have become just the third batsman to four consecutive T20I fifties, but was denied it by one run. It was a tough pitch to play cricket on, with plenty in it for the bowlers. But for the sixth straight time on this tour, New Zealand have been too good.

Colin Munro is the Player of the Match: "Very pleasing for me, not something I'm used to, gave myself some time. A little bit up and down, but not a shocker. We spoke about trying to play straight, we went across the line and lost wickets. I've evolved in the last 12-18 months, I tried to premeditate in the shorter format, but reacting well. I was owed one (the hit on the wrists), hit Malik on the head."

Sarfraz Ahmed: "We lost too many wickets, and didn't recover for the full match. We assessed the pitch, if we don't have wickets in hand, we did lose. They bowled well. Our bowlers bowled well, if we scored 130-140 it would have been a good match.

Tim Southee: "Winning the toss on that wicket, and taking wickets was the plan. Not your typical Westpac wicket. He has been playing great cricket (Rance), he's shown he's worthy of playing in this team."

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 wide

dug in and called wide, too high. Munro fails to get to four successive fifties, ends up on 49 not out. But New Zealand take away a 1-0 lead in the T20 series.

Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs

136 kph, full delivery outside off, Taylor leans into a drive and caresses it away through cover for four. One to win, Munro needs one for the record. A block coming up?

Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs

132 kph, another boundary. Short around off, Taylor stands tall and pulls over midwicket for another boundary. Too easy, just five required, Munro needs one

Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR runs

Taylor's area, on off and middle, slogged away over midwicket

Hasan Ali to Taylor, no run

133 kph, good length outside off, pushed away towards extra cover. The field has been brought up to stop the run

Hasan Ali to Munro, 1 run

131 kph, good length outside off, punched to deep cover to move to 49

end of over 153 runs
NZ: 92/3CRR: 6.13 • RRR: 2.80 • Need 14 runs from 30b
Colin Munro48 (42)
Ross Taylor10 (9)
Shadab Khan4-0-18-1
Rumman Raees4-0-24-2
Shadab to Munro, 1 run

dropped on the boundary! A googly on off, Munro slog-sweeps the ball to deep midwicket. Umar Amin jumps very late and drops an absolute sitter at this level. He got up late and made it look harder than it was. Just one

Shadab to Munro, no run

short and wide, the googly maybe, 90 kph, Munro misses a cut

Shadab to Taylor, 1 run

fullish delivery outside off, 87 kph, tapped in front of point for a run

Shadab to Munro, 1 leg bye

strays down leg, Munro looks to hit the ball over midwicket but fails to make contact, one leg bye to third man

Shadab to Munro, no run

on the pads, clipped to midwicket

Shadab to Munro, no run

short down leg, worked to short fine leg

Shadab is back.