full on middle stump, and squeezed back to the bowler. He can't hold on to it as the ball hits the stumps at the non-striker's. Celebrations all around! Pakistan win by 18 runs!
10.39pm And as Sarfraz and the rest of Pakistan's squad pose for a team photo, it's time for us to say goodbye as well. It's been a long tour, but Pakistan did well to finish their trip on a high. New Zealand, though, would be pleased with their performances as well, barring the last two games. Overall, a terrific tour and an excellent series. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We loved bringing it to all of you. For now, it's good bye from me, Sreshth Shah. Toodles!
10.32pm We're almost ready for the presentation ceremony. Shadab Khan is the Man of the Match. He says: Thanks to Allah and my parents. I enjoy playing here. Got some experience at Big Bash, so good to use that here. Our top order didn't score well in the ODIs, but they did well in the T20s, so maybe that's the difference. I enjoyed my time in New Zealand. Time for the PSL now."
Mohammad Amir is the Man of the Series. He says: "Thank you, tough tour for us, and this win is special for us, especially after the ODI series. Happy for our fans. In this format we were using our variations. Credit to team management because we've been working hard on those techniques. The ODIs didn't go well, but this series win and this award means a lot. Thanks to my family and dear Allah."
Kane Williamson, the losing captain. He says: "They were outstanding, so credit to them. They batted well, got a score that's just about par, but the way they bowled was the difference. We know T20 is a fine line, and it was close-ish, but credit to them for doing well in all facets. We need to come into grounds, identify what we want to adapt on, all in all our bowling has improved, but with the bat it's always a challenge with the run-rate going high in this format. Our fielding is something we pride ourselves on, and we do want to do better there ahead of the tri-series."
Sarfraz Ahmed, the winning captain. He says: "Credit goes to my boys. It's not easy coming back after 6-0. Just told the boys, 'nothing to lose. We're 6-0, worse case we'll be 8-0'. Fakhar was great today, and the wickets in hand helped at the end. The way Haris, Amin batted are excellent. Being No. 1 in the world is all thanks to the hard work of my team and my team management. Thank you so much to the crowd for their support."
Pide Piper: "With all visiting teams (Pak, Ind, Eng) playing much better cricket in the later part of their away serieses, there seems a need to balance the gap between home and visiting teams. May be that can be done by letting the visiting team have a wicket of its choice while the home team can still enjoy an overall better understanding of the ground as well as the home advantage."
Farooq : "Dethroning the home side from number one spot and then claiming the same spot for yourself, that's full on medieval invasion guys. All hail King Sarfraz and his army"
10.25pm Celebrations all around the Pakistan camp. Sarfraz has asked his team to gather for a huddle. They move to No. 1 on the ICC T20 rankings. The huddle ends with shouts of Pakistan zindabad!. Smiles plastered around every member of the Pakistan team. Not easy to come back from 1-0 down in New Zealand. What's most heartening for the visitors, is that they've had an excellent show with both bat and ball over the last two matches. Martin Guptill's fifty might've given them a scare for a moment, but their bowlers clawed back with some terrific line-to-line bowling. We'll be back with comments from both captains, and the Man-of-the-Match award. Rather difficult decision for the match referee.
Ramis: "Love the energy shown by Sarfaraz. Showing how much it means to him to captain his country."
hadi: "Unnoticed but Umar Amin deserves a lot of credit for his 3 sixes down the order."
full on off stump, heaved over to the off side. Tries to play over cover but the thick edge takes it over short third man instead. Consolation runs
Sarfraz tells his bowler. "yorker daal yaar (Bowl a yorker, bro)
slogged! Back of a length on middle stump, stands tall and pulled off the back foot. Lands beyond long on
full and wide outside off stump. Angling across him and through to the keeper
good length outside off, heaved over to the leg side. Another skyer, that's going to long on, and dropped by Fakhar. Grabbed it, but once again as we've seen all evening, it pops out of his hand. Smiles all around though
back of a length outside off, bunted doown the ground off the back foot to long on
waist-high full toss outside off, pulled over the infield and straight down the fielder's throat at deep midwicket. But, it's a no ball. Rumman was celebrating before he saw the square-leg umpire's hands stretched out. Free hit coming up
New Zealand need six sixes to win.
back of a length outside off, tries to pull but misses the shot due to the change of place. Sarfraz races it and congratulates hi bowler on a terrific over
back of a length outside off, drives with the bat's open face to the man in the deep
excellent bowling! Slower ball full outside off, angling across his bat once again. Tried another ramp shot, but misses
full on leg stump and going down the leg side as Blundell misses the leg-side ramp. The umpire calls it a wide
full and wide outside the off stump. Angled away from him and it's too much for Blundell. Tries to open the bat's face and run it down, but can't make contact
back of a length on middle stump, muscled down the ground to long on. Played off the back foot
full on off stump, lifted over the bowler's head, and falls just short of the boundary. The captain's not happy, saying 'that's not the right length'. Got his front foot out of the way and hit well inside out
Nauman: "who needs IPL contract ? when we are No.1 T20I side without one."
yorker on middle stump, squeezed away towards the leg side. That's all you can do with a delivery that lands there
Mohammad Waji: "Mohammad Amir has turned the game head over heels in that one over. Before that over sixes we're going like anything "
back of a length outside off, soars over Santner's head. Too short
overpitched on middle and leg, clipped gloriously off his toes, and races away to the cow corner boundary. Hit so well that wide long on had no chance!
overpitched full outside off, tries to drive this over cover but the ball goes past his outside edge. Loud appeal for caught behind, but turned down. Pakistan are reviewing. Replays suggest there's no contact, and that the noise came from bat hitting ground. We're not sure, though. The umpire is having a closer look. Remains not out.
Vaughan: "Taylor seemed pretty sure he didn't hit that, I wonder if the bat hit the ground at the same time the ball was passing, Pity there's no hotspot, that would have helped a lot there."
crashes into middle stump! The bowler gives Bruce the silent treatment after knocking him over. Perfect yorker on middle stump. That's unplayable.
Shams Omair: "Why didn't we check for the run out though if it was a runout was it possible the two wickets would go down on the same instance?" -- because that caught behind occured before the run out attempt
well improvised! Full toss on middle stump that the batsman meets by shuffling across to the off side. Ramps it over the keeper's head. These shots are easy to play in 2018
|Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 641|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.35, Second Session 20.35-21.55|
|Match days||28 January 2018 - night (20-over match)|