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2nd ODI, Nelson, January 09, 2018, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(23.5/25 ov, T:151) 151/2

New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
86* (71)
Full commentary

7:34pm That's all from our coverage. We hope you had a good time, particularly during the most engaging rain break we've had on our site for a long time. Here's hoping we have an uninterrupted game the next time. On behalf of Nikhil and Raghav, I take your leave.

Martin Guptill: We got off to a good start. Of course, losing Colin wasn't ideal. I spent most of my time during the break on the physio bed. Ross [Taylor] is quite a claming influnce. It was nice to have him there and see it through to the end.

Kane Williamson: Yeah it was a brilliant perfoemance. I think for the first half we were brilliant with the ball and then Pakistan showed resistance. It worked in our favour to have Guptill out there. Martin playing with that freedom was great to watch.

Sarfraz Ahmed: Very disappointing performance. Our batting didn't do well and we needed lower order to perform. It was very disapponting. [I know] the rain isn't in our hands, but when it came down the momentum was in our favour. We lost too many wickets in the first ten overs. Inshallah, we'll bounce back.

Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match.

7:17pm A lot of complex math later, New Zealand have won this. Pakistan's play was long term, and they expected their spinners to come in and strange New Zealand. Might have worked for them too after having them 64 for 2 in 14 overs. However, the rain changed that equation. To some extent, their own middle order batting changed that equation too. New Zealand could have easily been chasing 151 in 50 overs if Pakistan's lower order didn't come in and rescue them. A stunning assault from Hasan Ali, with his 30-ball fifty, and a calm innings from Shadab Khan who was forced to take more responsibility than he should be taking at No. 7. Pakistan crawled their way back in, but suddenly found everything about the game suited one man - Martin Guptill.

Raees to Taylor, 1 run

short ball at middle stump, pulled out to deep square and that's the win

Raees to Guptill, 1 run

yorker on leg stump, clipped to fine leg

Raees to Taylor, 1 run

yorker on off stump, squeezed into the off side

Raees to Taylor, no run

short and wide outside off, looks to cut and can't make connection. This was a slower ball and it gripped to climb over the bat

Raees to Taylor, no run

back of a length and angled across off, dabbed straight to point

end of over 233 runs
NZ: 148/2CRR: 6.43 RRR: 1.50
Ross Taylor43 (39)
Martin Guptill85 (70)
Shadab Khan 4-0-29-0
Hasan Ali 5-0-37-0
Shadab to Taylor, 1 run

good length outside off, driven on the up to long-off

That's hundred now between these two

Shadab to Guptill, 1 run

good length outside off, poked to point

Shadab to Guptill, no run

googly. Nicely done. He goes on the back foot for the cut and is forced to block it

If anyone's still keeping track, getting eight wickets is the only way Pakistan can win. New Zealand have beaten par even for nine wickets down.

Shadab to Taylor, 1 run

short ball outside off, chopped to sweeper cover

Shadab to Taylor, no run

short ball outside off, chopped straight to point

Shadab to Taylor, no run

good length on off stump, blocked on the front foot

end of over 2211 runs
NZ: 145/2CRR: 6.59 RRR: 2.00
Martin Guptill84 (68)
Ross Taylor41 (35)
Hasan Ali 5-0-37-0
Shadab Khan 3-0-26-0
Hasan Ali to Guptill, SIX runs

drops it short, gets punished. It's into Guptill's body, he's nicely under it and swings cleanly to send a long, loopy one over the boundary

Hasan Ali to Guptill, no run

another bouncer. Dug in too short. He leaves it alone

Hasan Ali to Guptill, 2 runs

top edge as he takes on the bouncer this time. Clears the keeper. Guptill was too far away from the ball for the hook

Wasim Qadir: "Yes, they are ahead but couple of wickets (which don't seem to be coming) can still change the scenario.."

Hasan Ali to Guptill, no run

bounce in the corridor, shapes to pull and is forced to let it go

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run

yorker just outside off, squeezed out to sweeper cover

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

short ball on middle stump, gets under this and looks to pull on the front foot. Ends up slicing it to deep square's left

end of over 2110 runs
NZ: 134/2CRR: 6.38 RRR: 4.25
Martin Guptill76 (64)
Ross Taylor38 (33)
Shadab Khan 3-0-26-0
Hasan Ali 4-0-26-0

At the end of the 21st over, New Zealand are 20 ahead of the par score should we lose this match to rain.

Shadab to Guptill, no run

good length wide outside off, slashes to try and drive this square on the up. Beaten

Shadab to Taylor, 1 run

tossed up outside off, drives to long-on

Shadab to Guptill, 1 run

short and turning away outside off, tapped through the covers

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