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Sports

Web Desk
November 1, 2018
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Pakistan down New Zealand by two runs in last-over T20 thriller

Sports

Web Desk
Thu, Nov, 18


ABU DHABI: Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

New Zealand needed six off the last delivery to tie the match but experienced batsman Ross Taylor managed just a boundary as New Zealand -- set 149 to win -- finished at 146-6 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The victory gave world number one ranked Pakistan their seventh consecutive win since July and 15th in 17 Twenty20 internationals this year.

Pakistan, who are on a roll after whitewashing Australia 3-0 in Dubai on Sunday, now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the last two matches in Dubai on Friday and Sunday.

Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 45 in Pakistan´s 148-6 after they won the toss and batted.

Taylor finished with a 26-ball 42 not out with three boundaries but could not keep the run rate down as New Zealand needed 53 in the last five overs.

That was in contrast from the first five overs of their innings, dominated by opener Colin Munro´s 42-ball 58 with three sixes and six boundaries.

Pakistan´s varied bowling, led by Hasan Ali with 3-35, pulled them back significantly.

Munro opened up in style, hiting two sixes and a four off Imad Wasim´s fifth over of the innings before greeting Hasan with a six and a boundary to complete New Zealand´s fifty in just 5.4 overs.

But Pakistan dismissed Glenn Phillips (12), Munro, captain Kane Williamson (11) and Colin de Grandhomme (six) as New Zealand stalled at 89-4.

Earlier, Pakistan lost in-form Babar Azam for seven in the third over while Sahibzada Farhan fell for one as they struggled to 10-2 before Hafeez and Asif Ali (24) lifted them during their 67-run stand for the third wicket.

Hafeez hit five boundaries and a six in his 36-ball knock while Asif´s 21-ball innings had a six and a boundary.

Pakistan managed 81 runs in the last ten overs with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed chipping in with a 26-ball 34 which had three boundaries and a six.

Imad Wasim smashed a six and boundary in the last over to finish with 14 not out while Faheem Ashraf made 10 not out.

For New Zealand, pace bowler Adam Milne finished with 2-28 while Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi and de Grandhomme took a wicket apiece.


End of live coverage


NEW ZEALAND 146/6 in 20 overs (Pakistan 148/6)

Shaheen Afridi to Taylor, 4 runs

Shaheen Afridi to Taylor, 2 runs

Shaheen Afridi to Taylor, 2 runs

Shaheen Afridi to Southee, 1 run

Shaheen Afridi to  Southee, FOUR

Shaheen Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

End of over 19: NZ 132/6

Hasan Ali to Seifert,  OUT

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run 

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

Hasan Ali to Taylor, FOUR

 Hasan Ali to Anderson, OUT

End of over 18: NZ 123/4

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, FOUR

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 2 runs

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Anderson, 1 leg bye

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 1 wide

End of over 17: NZ 112/4

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Anderson, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

End of over 16: NZ 103/4

Shadab Khan to Anderson, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to Taylor, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Anderson, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Anderson, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to Anderson, no run

Shadab Khan to Taylor, 1 run

End of over 15: NZ 96/4

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Anderson, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Anderson, no run

Hasan Ali to Anderson, no run

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Taylor, 2 runs

End of over 14: NZ 91/4

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Anderson, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, OUT,  a direct hit from point and CDG is gone. Shadab Khan, you beauty! 

Shaheen Shah Afridi to Taylor, no run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to de Grandhomme, 1 run

Shaheen Shah Afridi to de Grandhomme, 2 runs

End of over 13: NZ 86/3

Imad Wasim to de Grandhomme, 1 leg bye

Imad Wasim to Taylor, 1 run

Imad Wasim to Williamson, OUT,  chipped back to Imad, huge huge wicket for Pakistan. 

Imad Wasim to Williamson, no run

Imad Wasim to de Grandhomme, 1 run

Imad Wasim to Williamson, 1 run

End of over 12: NZ 82/2

Shadab Khan to de Grandhomme, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to de Grandhomme, no run

Shadab Khan to Williamson, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Munro, OUT,    ended up chipping it straight to long-on.

Shadab Khan to Munro, FOUR 

Shadab Khan to Williamson, 1 run

End of over 11: NZ 75/1

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, FOUR

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, 2 runs

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, 1 run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, 1 run

End of over 10: NZ 66/1

Shadab Khan to Munro, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Munro, no run

Shadab Khan to Williamson, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Williamson, 2 runs

Shadab Khan to Williamson, no run

Shadab Khan to Munro, 1 run

End of over 9: NZ 61/1

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run,

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, 2 runs

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, 1 run

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, 1 run

End of over 8: NZ 57/1

Shadab Khan to Munro, FOUR

Shadab Khan to Munro, no run

Shadab Khan to Munro, no run

Shadab Khan to Williamson, 1 run

Shadab Khan to Williamson, no run

Shadab Khan to Munro, 1 run

End of over 7: NZ 51/1

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, 1 run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

Mohammad Hafeez to Munro, no run

End of over 6: NZ 50/1

Hasan Ali to Phillips, OUT, bowled

Hasan Ali to Phillips, no run

Hasan Ali to Munro, 1 run

Hasan Ali to Munro, FOUR 

Hasan Ali to Munro, SIX 

Hasan Ali to Phillips, 1 run

End of over 5: New Zealand 38/0

Imad Wasim to Munro, FOUR

Imad Wasim to Munro, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, SIX 

Imad Wasim to Munro, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, SIX 

End of over 4: New Zealand 22/0

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, FOUR

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, FOUR 

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, 1 run

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, no run

End of over 3: New Zealand 12/0

Imad Wasim to Munro, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, 2 runs 

Imad Wasim to Phillips, 1 run 

Imad Wasim to Phillips, no run

Imad Wasim to Munro, 1 run,

End of over 2: New Zealand 8/0

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Phillips, FOUR

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, 1 run, 

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, no run

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, no run,

Faheem Ashraf to Munro, no run

End of over 1:  New Zealand 3/0

Imad Wasim to Munro, 1 run

Imad Wasim to Phillips, 1 run

Imad Wasim to Phillips, no run

Imad Wasim to Phillips, no run

Imad Wasim to Phillips, no run,

Imad Wasim to Munro, 1 run, 

New Zealand  0/0

PAKISTAN 123/6 in 17 overs

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PAKISTAN 123/6 in 18 overs

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT, straight up in the air high to Corey Anderson

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, SIX

Sodhi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

End of over 17: Pakistan 113/4

Southee to Shoaib Malik, no run

Southee to Shoaib Malik, no run

Southee to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

Southee to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs

Southee to Sarfraz Ahmed, FOUR

Southee to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run

End of over 16: Pakistan 106/4

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

Sodhi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs

Sodhi to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run

End of over 15: Pakistan 101/4

de Grandhomme to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, FOUR 

de Grandhomme to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run

de Grandhomme to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 wide

Shoaib Malik comes on to bat

Colin to Asif Ali, OUT, magnificent from Glen Phillips, a wicketkeeper.

Colin to Sarfraz, 1 run

End of over 14: Pakistan 92/3

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz, 1 run

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz, no run

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz, no run

Ajaz Patel to Asif Ali, 1 run

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz, 1 run

Ajaz Patel to Sarfraz, FOUR

End of over 13: Pakistan 85/3

Colin to Sarfraz, 1 run

Colin to Sarfraz, FOUR

Colin to Sarfraz,  no run

Colin to  Asif,  1 run

Colin to Sarfraz, 1 run

Colin to Sarfraz, no run

End of over 12: Pakistan 72/3

Milne to Asif Ali, no run

Milne to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run 

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, short, and cut away. Tim Southee dives to his left, and pulls off a stunner.

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR

Milne to Asif Ali, 1 run

End of over 11: Pakistan 72/2

Patel to Asif Ali, 1 run

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, SIX

Patel to Asif Ali, 1 run

Patel to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run

Patel to Asif Ali, 1 run, driven down to long on

End of over 10: Pakistan 61/2

Sodhi to Hafeez, no run

Sodhi to Asif Ali, 1 run

Sodhi to Asif Ali, no run

Sodhi to Asif Ali, wide, 1 run 

Sodhi to Hafeez, 1 run

Sodhi to Asif Ali, 1 run 

Sodhi to Hafeez, 1 run

End of over 9: Pakistan 56/2

Colin to Asif Ali, SIX

Colin Munro to Hafeez, 1 run

Colin Munro to Asif Ali, 1 run

Colin Munro to Hafeez, 1 run

Colin Munro to Hafeez, FOUR

Colin Munro to  Hafeez, no run

End of over 8: Pakistan 43/2

Ish Sodhi to Hafeez,  1 run

Ish Sodhi to Asif Ali, 1 run

Ish Sodhi to Hafeez, 1 run

Ish Sodhi to Hafeez, no run

Ish Sodhi to Hafeez, no run

Ish Sodhi to Asif Ali, 1 run  

End of over 7: Pakistan 39/2

Colin de Grandhomme to Hafeez, 1 run

Colin de Grandhomme to Asif Ali, 1 run

Colin de Grandhomme to Asif Ali, FOUR

Colin de Grandhomme to Hafeez, 2 runs

Colin de Grandhomme to Hafeez, no run

Colin de Grandhomme to Hafeez, no run

End of over 6: Pakistan 31/2

End of Power Play

Time Southee to Asif Ali, no run

Time Southee to Hafeez, 1 run 

Time Southee to Hafeez, SIX, first six of the game. What a fantastic shot! Peddle sweep. 

Tim Southee to Hafeez, no run, three dot balls in a row

Tim Southee to Hafeez, no run, good bowling

Tim Southee to Hafeez, no run

End of over 5: Pakistan 32/5

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

Mine to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, what a shot!

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

Milne to Asif Ali, 1 run

Milne to Asif Ali, FOUR

End of over 4: Pakistan 14/2

Another good over for New Zealand. 

Ajaz Patel to Hafeez, no run

Ajaz Patel to Hafeez, FOUR

Ajaz Patel to Hafeez, no run

Ajaz Patel to Hafeez, no run

Ajaz Patel to  Hafeez, no run

Mohammad Hafeez comes out to bat 

Ajaz Patel to Sahibzada Farhan,  OUT, hits straight to Munro. Easy catch. 

End of over 3: Pakistan 9/1

Milne to Sahibzada Farhan, 1 run

Milne to Sahibzada Farhan, no run, swing and miss

Milne to Asif Ali, 1 run  

Milne to Asif Ali, no run  

Asif Ali walks in to bat as Babar falls

Milne to Babar Azam,  OUT, big nick and Babar Azam is gone this time. That's a massive wicket for New Zealand. 

Milne to Babar Azam, no run

End of over 2: Pakistan 8/0

Time Southee to Sahibzada Farhan, no run

Time Southee to Sahibzada Farhan, no run

Time Southee to Sahibzada Farhan, OUT, did the ball hit the ground? gone for review, NOT OUT 

Time Southee to Babar Azam,  1 run

Time Southee to Babar Azam, 2 runs

Time Southee to Babar Azam, no run

End of over 1: Pakistan 5/0

Ajaz Patel to Sahibzada Farhan, no run

Ajaz Patel to Sahibzada Farhan, no run

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam, 1 run

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam, no run

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam, no run

Ajaz Patel to Babar Azam, FOUR

National anthems of two teams being played at the stadium. 

ABU DHABI - Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first vs New Zealand in the first Twenty20 International at Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. 

New Zealand have picked Tim Seifert as wicketkeeper, as well as Glenn Phillips, both of whom were among a number of players who were part of the A squad that faced Pakistan A.

Pakistan have brought in Shaheen Afridi for Usman Khan as the second seamer. Fakhar Zaman continues to sit out with knee injury.

Squads

Pakistan XI: Babar Azam, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

New Zealand XI: Glenn Phillips, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Tim Seifert (wk), Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel

After thrashing Australia 3-0 in the recently concluded Twenty20 International series, Pakistan will look to continue their domination in the format when they play New Zealand in the opening match of the three-match series here on Wednesday (today).

The match will be covered live here.

Pakistan seem to have mastered the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket under Sarfraz Ahmed, who has captained them to 26 wins in 30 matches. They are top of the ICC T20I Team Rankings and will be chasing their 11th successive series win.

ICC Preview: New Zealand will be without Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner, but even in their absence, they will look to exploit Pakistan’s perceived batting weakness, with Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner, being joined by the uncapped Ajaz Patel, the left-arm spinner, along with the pacemen – Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Corey Anderson, who impressed in New Zealand A’s clashes against Pakistan A. With the bat, New Zealand will be without the big presence of Martin Guptill – he has a calf injury – but Glenn Phillips, the wicket-keeper batsman, has been added to the side, and will hope to use his big-hitting abilities to good affect, alongside Colin Munro, who said he was relishing being back with New Zealand again. Despite that, it'll be a tough series for New Zealand, especially given they haven’t played an international match since April in England. But Pakistan’s have their chinks. This should be a fine series.

The hosts were head and shoulders above Australia in their three matches and kept them to scores below 140 each time.Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who claimed six wickets against Australia, can be a handful for New Zealand.

Imad Wasim is usually a fine support act, and given that newbie paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi has adapted well, New Zealand batsmen are expected to face a tough challenge.Pakistan have stuck with the same squad that whitewashed Australia. While they may juggle between Usman Khan and Shaheen for the role of the second seamer, there are not many changes expected. Opener Fakhar Zaman remains out with knee pain.

New Zealand will be without Trent Boult (paternity leave) and Mitchell Santner (knee injury), but even in their absence, they will look to exploit Pakistan’s perceived batting weakness with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi being joined by the uncapped left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, along with pacemen Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Corey Anderson.

With the bat, New Zealand will be without the big presence of Martin Guptill who has a calf injury. But Glenn Phillips, the wicket-keeper batsman, has been added to the side and will hope to use his big-hitting abilities to good effect, alongside Colin Munro, who is relishing being back with New Zealand again.

New Zealand have not played an international match since April in England.The forecast is partly cloudy. With the games being held at night, dew is also expected to play a role.

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