result
1st T20I (N), Dubai, Nov 12 2009, Pakistan v New Zealand T20I Series
(18.3/20 ov, target 162)112
Pakistan won by 49 runs
player of the match
Imran Nazir
Pakistan

So a depleted New Zealand succumb to a 49-run defeat. One-sided affair here. Let's hope for some competition tomorrow.

A strong opening stand would have made a world of difference for New Zealand but they just gave it away. Aamer kept them guessing with his pace but you have to say that some of those top order dismissals were quite soft. There was no-one to take charge and show the way with an attacking innings. Pakistan did really well to put them under pressure and not let the game slip away. Stay with us for the presentation.

Ramiz Raja introduces half the population of Dubai which is present at the presentation ceremony. They give away a host of awards.

Imran Nazir is the Man of the Match

McCullum: "I thought we let the momentum slip after the first few overs. We should have kept them to 130-140. I thought I got away to a decent start but hit one straight to the fielder. I'm sure we will bounce back tomorrow."

Afridi: "There was pressure, after losing the last two ODIs. I thought the guys did a great job. I thought our score was enough. I'm very happy with the support we've got."

Thanks for your company. We'll see you tomorrrow for the final T20. Cheers.

18.3
W
Afridi to Southee, OUT

that's the end of the game, Bond pulls a good length delivery and the ball travels flat and quick to deep midwicket, Malik takes it low and close to the turf, no doubt about that, Redmond won't bat because of his groin injury

Aaron Redmond undefined null (nullb nullx4 nullx6) SR: 0
18.2
Afridi to Southee, no run
18.1
6
Afridi to Southee, SIX runs

Southee shows how it's done, comes down the pitch and deposits it over deep midwicket

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 106/8CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 28.00 • Need 56 runs from 12b
Shane Bond1 (1)
Saeed Ajmal3-0-18-2
Shahid Afridi3-0-15-1
17.6
W
Ajmal to McCullum, OUT

chips down the track to deposit it over long-on, he gets underneath the ball but doesn't get enough elevation, easy take for Gul

Nathan McCullum c Umar Gul b Saeed Ajmal 22 (24m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 104.76
17.5
Ajmal to McCullum, no run

goes for the slog and he ends up chopping the ball onto his pads

17.4
1
Ajmal to Bond, 1 run

turns it down to gully

17.3
3
Ajmal to McCullum, 3 runs

makes room and slams it over cover and the fielder just manages to run across and boot it away before the rope

17.2
2
Ajmal to McCullum, 2 runs
17.1
2
Ajmal to McCullum, 2 runs

goes for the slog sweep but it isnt enough to beat Nazir at deep midwicket

end of over 173 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 98/7CRR: 5.76 • RRR: 21.33 • Need 64 runs from 18b
Nathan McCullum15 (16)
Shahid Afridi3-0-15-1
Saeed Ajmal2-0-10-1
16.6
W
Afridi to Butler, OUT

he fires this one towards the pads on seeing the batsman make a bit of room, the ball clips his pads and hits the top of leg stump, Butler seemed to suggest that he wasn't ready, by the time he looked up Afridi was ready to deliver, perhaps he should have backed away

Ian Butler b Shahid Afridi 1 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25
16.5
1
Afridi to McCullum, 1 run

flashes hard and the top edge drops short of cover point

16.4
1
Afridi to Butler, 1 run

fires it on the stumps and he just manages to chop it away

16.3
Afridi to Butler, no run

the googly hits the pads first but down the leg side, Afridi appeals

16.2
1
Afridi to McCullum, 1 run

clipped to deep square leg

16.1
Afridi to McCullum, no run

checks his shot down to cover