tries to sweep and gets a bottom edge that takes the ball to the fine leg boundary! NZ have won by ten wickets and these two have broken the world record for the highest partnership in T20 internationals for any wicket
9.55 pm Run chases rarely get any better than that. Guptill was muscular as always, Williamson precise. And they just did it with so much ease. The series is level at 1-1 with the decider in Wellington on Friday.
KaneBunce: "To bounce back from such a big loss and to set the world recoird for highest T20 partnership and win so convincingly shows the quality of the Black Caps."
Mukesh: "Can't imagine any other batsman in the world who can have a strike rate of 150+ without hitting a single six. You beauty!" He's talking about the Kane Train.
Ozair: "Oh NZ, you nailed it! What is it with you guys, are you in a record-breaking mode this year? Keep going as this is a total entertainment and well deserved one. George, you gotta publish this, okay?" Okay!
Emad: "Kane Train > Guldozer"
Sohan Pandey: "Binoy Sir, Which channel telecasting this match in India ??" No one, follow it here!
Afridi says his team did not bowl with enough variations and gives Guptill and Williamson due credit. "Four days is too much," he says about the break before the third game. Classic.
Williamson: "We made the improvements from the last game, bowling effort was good considering the size of the ground ... we wanted to mix it up (about Santner and Anderson opening the bowling) ..."
Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are sharing the Man of the Match award for putting on a world record stand in T20 internationals. "He had the power today!" says Guptill when asked about their contrasting styles.
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bowled wide outside leg, Williamson reaches for it and sweeps, hits it straight to short fine leg through
backs away towards leg and hits the ball hard towards wide long on, the fielder runs to his right to field
steps out and punches the ball towards midwicket
Hamish: "Is Williamson not one of the most complete batsman across all formats. All but 50 average in tests, near enough to 50 in ODI's and getting close to 40 in T20's. Great stuff from KW!"
short of a length and wide outside off, Guptill mis-hits the flat-batted slap in the air towards long off, Amir doesn't come in quickly enough to catch it
slower ball outside off, Guptill tries to steer to third man but misses
sprays the ball so wide outside off, to where first slip would have been really, Sarfraz had no chance
short ball, it's the short boundary on the leg side and Guptill nails the pull, hitting it flat and far onto the grass banks
banged in short, Guptill shapes to pull but then ducks under it
Ben: "Kiwi middle order still unproven!" Well if these two and Munro keep getting the job done ...
stays back this time to a short of a length ball outside off and cuts behind point
Williamson moves towards the off side to meet a fuller ball and drives the ball so smoothly to the wide long off boundary, I can watch him back all day and night
this time he connects with the sweep, hitting it behind square leg
tries to sweep but makes poor contact
goes back and towards leg to punch the ball to long on for a single
Amogh: "Guptill was scoring at a run a ball a few minutes back! His SR is 150+ now. Amazing!"
shot! steps out of his crease and flicks the ball off his pads to the deep midwicket boundary
whoops! Dropped. Williamson steps out and chips the ball tamely towards Malik's right at knee height, should have really caught that
Malik from around the wicket, bowled flat and straight, Williamson stays in his crease and dabs behind point
Emad: "Not to take away from Pakistan's performance in the first match, but it seems like the result was an aberration. NZL back to their ruthless best."
tries to cut a wide ball outside off but misses
worked off the pads towards square leg
width outside off stump, delicate from Williamson to complement Guptill's power, he goes back and cuts late, beating backward point to his left