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2nd T20I (N), Dubai (DSC), November 02, 2018, Pakistan v New Zealand
(19.4/20 ov, T:154) 154/4

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

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"It's down to the effort of the players. We have a good balance, wih Hasan Ali at 10. We know we can get 150-160. So if we start well and if we don't let too many dot balls in the middle, we have the experience of Hafeez and Malik as well," Sarfraz Ahmed says. "The boys know well how to play this game. And they're learning day by day. Whether it's Babar or Fakhar or Faheem, they know where to field in the last overs. They know how to bat in the last overs. I don't need to do anything. Babar is in great form. We pick players in form in domestic cricket, that's how we brought Hafeez back and he's been doing very well as well. Asif Ali at No. 3 is because he's a good hitter, but we don't want him to play spin when he comes in at first so we've pushed him up the order and he's playing very well

"Creidt to the way Pakistan played. They have a clear pattern of play which they've executed here in the UAE," Kane Williamson says. "Thought the first half was clinical from us. Got a good score on the board. It's a game of really small margins. Maybe we could have been a little better with the batting side. But it's important to be a little bit better all-round. You're always looking for wickets but how you get them on different conditions is the quesiton and often in these conditions you have to squeeze the opposition. We weren't far away and it's important we make those adjustments and keep improving"

Shaheen Afridi is Man of the Match for his 3 for 20 in four overs. "[Bowling in the death?] Thanks to Allah that I've been performing well in the games so far. The coaching staff are helping me get better, get fitter, they help me bowl yorkers better, slower balls better. You have to look at the batsman's weak zones and bowl, especially in the death, and then then I concentrate on the slower balls. In the Asia Cup, I bowled with new ball, so I can do that as well. I just want to play for a long time for Pakistan"

11.10 pm Pakistan have set the record - 11 successive series wins in T20Is. And they get there by keeping a clean sheet while chasing under Safraz Ahmed's captaincy. They haven't lost batting second in 11 T20Is. Some of that is down to the fact that their bowlers rarely allow the opposition to get too much on the board. Shaheen Afridi fulfilled that part of the Pakistan magic potion tonight. And on the batting front, even though the required rate was tipping towards 10, Mohammed Hafeez stood firm and knocked the runs off in fine style. They are the World's No. 1 team and they've shown it off.

New Zealand weren't too far off in this game either. They got a better than par score. But they just weren't accurate enough with the ball. On a slow pitch like this, you need to go slower balls, hit back of a length and most importantly, target the stumps. Never give room. Never slide down leg. Pakistan's bowlers are insane at this. For New Zealand though, only Tim Southee looked to have adapted to conditions. They'll take a couple of positives in the batting department - the form of Colin Munro and the reintegration of Corey Anderson, who really played a blinder tonight - but that match-winning spark seems to be missing.

Milne to Hafeez, FOUR runs

launches it over cover and Pakistan win the game and the series! Half-volley sent soaring away by Hafeez, who has played a lovely little innings here

Milne to Hafeez, 2 runs

low full toss on middle Hafeez taps it to long-on and they pinch a second run as well. Poor throw from the deep. Munro, it looks like. Run-out chance missed again

Pakistan need six off four. They should do this... right?

Milne to Malik, OUT

taken at deep midwicket! Ooof, and it comes off a full toss too! Malik looks to end the game in one shot, but this is a big ground and he can't clear it.

Shoaib Malik c Phillips b Milne 10 (7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 142.85
Milne to Hafeez, 1 run

near-yorker on middle, he drills it to Southee at mid-off, they go for the run, and a direct hit would have had Hafeez

end of over 197 runs
PAK: 147/3CRR: 7.73 RRR: 7.00
Mohammad Hafeez27 (18b 2x6)
Shoaib Malik10 (6b 1x6)
Tim Southee 4-0-26-1
Colin Munro 3-0-22-1

Pakistan need seven off six and Milne will bowl the last over

Southee to Hafeez, 1 run

shapes to scoop, but the ball is too full and so he gets back upright and shovels it to deep midwicket

Jai Srivastava: "@Mark Dont be so harsh on NZ if they were poor today then why did the game stretched to the last over ?"

Southee to Hafeez, no run

slower ball outside off, Hafeez taps it to cover. But if he had let it go, this would have been a wide too

Southee to Malik, 1 run

smashes a slower ball to long-off

Khan Umar: "Hafeez and Imad are no myth. Had they been in Asia cup, it would have made a huge difference."

Southee to Hafeez, 1 run

drills the full and wide delivery to the sweeper cover

Southee to Malik, 1 run

yorker outside off, Malik bunts it down to long-on

Southee to Malik, 1 wide

looks for that wide-line yorker again but it doesn't quite pan out. Only Inches outside the guide line.

Southee to Malik, 1 wide

keeps the ball wide of the batsman shuffling across his stumps, but he's penalised for it by umpire Raza. Went just past the guide line

Southee to Hafeez, 1 run

slow, wide yorker - doesn't quite hit the mark - which allows Hafeez to squeeze a single to cover. Direct hit from Williamson at the striker's end, but Malik is home

end of over 189 runs
PAK: 140/3CRR: 7.77 RRR: 7.00
Mohammad Hafeez24 (14b 2x6)
Shoaib Malik8 (4b 1x6)
Colin Munro 3-0-22-1
Ish Sodhi 4-0-39-0

Pakistan need 14 off 12

Mark: "You'd think that NZ would have improved their performance after the first T20 but they have been worse tonight in just about every aspect of their game. Very frustrating for their fans."

Munro to Hafeez, 1 run

steps out and taps the shortish delivery to long-off

Chirag Sheth: "Performances like today's proves that Pakistan's winning track record in T20s is for a reason."

Ahsan Butt: "MOM for the 18-year kid, Shaheen Afridi, for sure."

Munro to Hafeez, no run

full on off stump, drives it back at the bowler

Munro to Malik, 1 run

knocks a back of a length ball to long-on

Munro to Malik, SIX runs

gets under the length ball (seems like a knuckle ball too) and clears long-on by a distance. Splendid hitting from Malik

Munro to Malik, no run

inside edge and it nearly goes onto the stumps. A rare quick delivery from Munro. And the new batsman isn't quite ready for it

Munro to Hafeez, 1 run

premeditates the reverse sweep, but a full ball on off stump only ends up at point

Munro again. Can he push the asking rate higher?

end of over 1717 runs
PAK: 131/3CRR: 7.70 RRR: 7.66
Mohammad Hafeez22 (11b 2x6)
Shoaib Malik1 (1b)
Ish Sodhi 4-0-39-0
Colin Munro 2-0-13-1

Pakistan need 23 off 18 now after that 17-run over.

Sodhi to Hafeez, 1 run

steers the shortish delivery through to the sweeper

Sodhi to Malik, 1 run

a bit of turn as Malik tries to cut the short ball and it darts so far away from him that he only just meets it with the bottom of the bat

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