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Pakistan tour of New Zealand 2016
1st ODI, New Zealand vs Pakistan at Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand (24 Jan 2016)
New Zealand

280/8 (50) RR:5.6

New Zealand won by 70 runs

MOM: Henry Nicholls
Pakistan

210/10 (46) RR:4.57

50.0 - Anwar Ali to Boult, FOUR, and NZ end with a boundary. How apt. Outside edge runs away fine. Finish with 280 in the end

49.4 - Anwar Ali to McClenaghan, FOUR, another full toss and another boundary. This time though, McClenaghan converted it into one by advancing. Slotted it over extra-cover

49.2 - Anwar Ali to McClenaghan, FOUR, yes please! McClenaghan got into position for a scoop and couldn't believe his luck after receiving a full toss. Chipped it easily over the infield down fine

48.4 - Riaz to Matt Henry, FOUR, anywhere will do. That's the mantra. Shortish outside off, tries to heave it hard, gets a top edge which runs away fine

47.5 - Imad Wasim to Matt Henry, FOUR, slogs wildly, the ball has gone in a diagonally opposite direction than he intended but the result is good enough. Flew off the top edge and cleared third man

47.0 - Anwar Ali to McClenaghan, FOUR, now improvises. Gets into position for the scoop, and effortlessly chips it over short fine leg

45.0 - Anwar Ali to Matt Henry, FOUR, attempts another slower bouncer but gets it down the leg-side, Henry waits for it this time and slaps the pull behind square

42.1 - Anwar Ali to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, scorched! He was waiting for it. Short delivery and Nicholls is in position early. Blasts the pull behind square

41.3 - Riaz to Matt Henry, FOUR, take that! How's that for a shot. Short ball and Henry has pulled it well in front of square. Wide of long-on and bounces just once before going over

38.0 - Azhar Ali to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, Pakistan are letting this slip. This partnership continues to pile on the runs. Just takes a couple of steps out of his crease to meet the pitch and drives it straight of mid-off

33.2 - Azhar Ali to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, edged, no slip, and it runs away. Fooled Santner with a wrong 'un as he tried to blast the drive, got the edge but there wasn't any man catching

32.5 - Imad Wasim to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, shimmies down the track, gets close to the pitch while leaving enough room to belt a drive past mid-off. The fielder was much wider and it rocketed past him

27.3 - Riaz to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, this time the third man fielder is beaten to his other side. Santner hops back and runs it down very fine

27.1 - Riaz to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, glided away behind backward point and .. oh .. that's sped away. Timed it pretty well. Short of length outside off, Nicholls waits for it, uses all the pace and just guides it with an open bat face. Easily beat third man

24.4 - Amir to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, that's so well timed, despite hitting Amir on the boot in his followthrough, it comfortably races to the ropes. A bit too full from Amir, Santner presses forward and punches it straight back. Leaves Amir a bit ginger. Hobbling a little

21.0 - Amir to Ronchi, FOUR, the shots keeps flowing from Kiwi blades. Getting your eye in, anyone? Pitched up and angled away wide of off, the length was full enough to warrant having a go. Ronchi leans across, not much feet, and blazes it through the covers

19.4 - Anwar Ali to Corey Anderson, FOUR, that's a forehand smash down the ground. Short ball angled away wide of off, Anderson stands tall and thumps the flat-batted swat past the non-striker

18.3 - Amir to Corey Anderson, byes, FOUR, that's took off like a plane from the runway. Zooms up from halfway down the pitch, whirs over Anderson's attempted pull, and over the leaping Sarfraz as well.

14.2 - Riaz to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, flies away off a thick edge over slip. Skiddy short of length delivery outside off, Nicholls tried to use the pace on it and glide it fine, but got it much finer than he bargained for. Lucky boundary

13.1 - Anwar Ali to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, driven away! Whenever the length has been full, it has been punished as far as I can remember. Can't let these rare opportunities pass by. Dished up outside off, Nicholls leans across and creams it wide of mid-off

9.1 - Anwar Ali to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, Anwar Ali introduces himself with a half-volley outside off. Like pressing the release valve after all the pressure. Nicholls lays into it. Good stride across before unleashing a drive through extra-cover

7.0 - Irfan to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, this will convince Irfan further that pitching up is futile. Actually the length wasn't the problem as much as the line. It ended up on Nicholls's pads. He effortlessly whips it wide of mid-on for some easy runs

6.3 - Irfan to Henry Nicholls, FOUR, now this sends a message. A message that I am not intimidated by all this. Well directed short ball gunning for the throat of the batsman, Nicholls rolls his wrists on the pull to keep it along the carpet and hits it behind square. Enough timing on it to beat fine leg to his right

2.4 - Irfan to Latham, FOUR, beautiful. Slightly overpitched outside off, Latham gets a good stride towards the ball and punches it through extra-cover. The balance, the timing, everything was there

0.5 - Irfan to Guptill, FOUR, flashed away! The first real loosener and boy, didn't Guptill eat it alive. Short and wide, throws his bat at it and slashes it past cover-point

49.0 - Riaz to McClenaghan, SIX, dear me. That's a deathening blow. Too predictable from Riaz. McClenaghan waited for the slower short ball to arrive and slammed it over deep mid-wicket for a flat six

48.0 - Imad Wasim to Matt Henry, SIX, deposited over mid-wicket. Sliding on from a length towards middle, Henry slaughters it across the line

46.3 - Anwar Ali to Matt Henry, SIX, lofted and clears long-off. This is a nightmare for Pakistan. Full ball around off, Henry swings through the line and makes a good enough connection

45.5 - Riaz to Matt Henry, SIX, third six of the over. Quick short ball climbing awkward towards Henry's chest, he brandishes a makeshift pull, flies off the top edge over fine leg assisted by the wind

45.4 - Riaz to Matt Henry, SIX, fire being met with fire here. Right in the slot on a good length around off, Henry has clouted it over deep mid-wicket. Huge that

45.2 - Riaz to McClenaghan, SIX, he's got that alright! Nailed it. Looked like he was waiting for the short ball, soon as it arrives he pulls it ferociously over deep backward square. Just over the leaping fielder

4.3 - Irfan to Guptill, SIX, and bang! He's clubbed that like a golfer in the driving range. What a swing of the willow. Seemed like Guptill had decided as the bowler was running in that this one has to go. Gets it in the slot, clears his front leg and swipes it over wide mid-off. Huge hit

44.2 - Anwar Ali to Henry Nicholls, out Bowled!! Chopped on! Length delivery outside off, Nicholls tries to blast it against the angle from round the wicket, only presents half of the bat on the drive, and drags it onto the timber off an inside edge. Henry Nicholls b Anwar Ali 82(111) [4s-7]

38.4 - Irfan to Mitchell Santner, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Why wasn't this done earlier? Kept feeding the partnership with some rubbish spin bowling rather than getting the quicks on. Irfan back into the attack, and straightaway pays dividends. He does what he's been doing all day long i.e. troubling batsmen with bounce. Lifts spongily from a short of length, lobs off the top-edge of Santner's pull, and straight towards Sarfraz who had no problems despite the ball swerving in the wind. Mitchell Santner c Sarfraz b Irfan 48(63) [4s-5]

22.1 - Amir to Ronchi, out Caught by Sarfraz!! There you go. Just too many strokes. It's like they have decided to jump off the cliff together. Goes flashing at a slightly short delivery angling away outside off. He is undone by the extra bounce which has been on offer all day. And nicks it through to the keeper. Ronchi c Sarfraz b Amir 5(7) [4s-1]

20.4 - Amir to Corey Anderson, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Oh, appalling cricket. Every ball he faced, he looked like getting out. And now the inevitable has transpired. Can anyone please explain this approach, because I ain't got a clue. Back of a length delivery outside off, Anderson tries to punch it through the off-side on the front foot, ended up playing well away from the body and edged it behind. Corey Anderson c Sarfraz b Amir 10(19) [4s-1]

15.5 - Anwar Ali to Elliott, out Bowled!! He's done it again. Oh Anwar Ali, what a ripper! That's an even better delivery than the one which got Williamson, got it to jag back in sharply from a fullish just outside off. Elliott, like Williamson, left a huge gap while attempting a drive. The ball sneaked through it, and pegged off stump back. Elliott b Anwar Ali 0(2)

15.3 - Anwar Ali to Williamson, out Bowled!! I can't even begin to explain how big a wicket is this. The calming influence of Williamson has been taken out of the equation. Loose stroke, something which you don't quite associate with him. Fraction full outside off, Williamson aims a drive, tries to play it away from the body leaving a huge bat-pad gap, nips in slightly to take a thick inside edge and sends the leg-stump for a walk. Williamson b Anwar Ali 10(17)

5.2 - Amir to Latham, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Pakistan are very upbeat about a review. Plenty of fielders suggesting to Azhar that he should go for it. And the captain obliges. So what have we got here. The thing in contention here is if Latham has gloved one through to the keeper. Not much evident on Hot Spot. Oh wait, RTS has cleared the picture. Big spike as the ball went past glove. Latham sees it and is already halfway to the hutch. Again a short ball doing the trick. Whirs off the pitch, beats Latham for pace as he attempted to pull it from over his right shoulder, caught a bit of glove as it flew through to Sarfraz. He knew it straightaway. So did Latham. Latham c Sarfraz b Amir 11(15) [4s-1]

5.0 - Irfan to Guptill, out Caught by Riaz!! Irfan has his retribution. The towering pacer has undone Guptill with a lifter. Short ball well directed towards Guptill's right shoulder. He tries to pull it away but is slightly rushed. Also got big on him, took a thick top-edge and ballooned in front of fine leg. Riaz rushes forward, steadies himself and plucks it. Guptill c Riaz b Irfan 11(17) [4s-1 6s-1]

27.0 - Imad Wasim to Mitchell Santner, 2 runs, that's been lobbed off a thick top-edge, mid-off is running back, long-on is running to his right, will anyone get there? Oh brilliant effort. Babar Azam put in the dive with both hands rushing across from long-on but couldn't hang on. Would have been a stupendous catch. Well flighted delivery outside off, Santner tries a slog-sweep but skies it off a thick top edge. The breeze comes to his aid here

9.2 - Anwar Ali to Henry Nicholls, no run, a chance has gone down at slip. Hafeez it is. Nice head-high catch, he grabbed at it and down she went. A good length ball angled away outside off, Nicholls is drawn into a loose drive away from the body, takes the outside edge and should have been number three down

30.0 - Riaz to Henry Nicholls, 1 run, slower ball, on a full length outside off, Nicholls jams it in front of cover and rushes across to complete a half-century. Tough runs. Runs which weigh a lot more than others

44.5 - Corey Anderson to Riaz, FOUR, Riaz finally connects with one, back of a length and on the stumps, Riaz makes room and clatters it back over the bowler's head, rolls away to the fence in a jiffy

42.5 - Matt Henry to Sarfraz, FOUR, this is turning out to be an expensive over from Henry, he goes short as Sarfraz backed away, he waits on it and helps it past short third man for a boundary

42.4 - Matt Henry to Sarfraz, FOUR, much needed for Sarfraz, backs away to a short ball and pulls it over square leg, beats the fielder in the deep for a boundary

35.5 - Mitchell Santner to Sarfraz, FOUR, that's nicely done by Sarfraz, tossed up and on the stumps, Sarfraz gets down on his knees and sweeps it behind square on the on-side for a single

34.4 - Corey Anderson to Babar Azam, FOUR, much needed boundary from Azam, short and on the stumps, he swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side for a boundary

29.0 - Williamson to Maqsood, FOUR, lovely shot, excellent use of the crease from Maqsood, makes room outside leg and cuts a well flighted delivery past cover, two men give chase, but the ball beats them to the ropes

26.0 - Matt Henry to Babar Azam, FOUR, that ruins the over from Henry, leg-stump half-volley, flicked in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence in a hurry

23.2 - Matt Henry to Hafeez, FOUR, cracking shot, banged in short and onb the stumps, Hafeez swivels across and pulls it behind square on the on-side, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

20.3 - Corey Anderson to Babar Azam, FOUR, lovely shot, the slower ball from Anderson, width on offer though, Azam waits on it anbd chops it square behind point, beats the diving fielder and rolls away to the fence

19.2 - Mitchell Santner to Babar Azam, FOUR, Santner drops one short and on the stumps, Azam swivels across and pulls it over mid-wicket, Boult gets across from deep mid-wicket, pulls the ball back in, but it then trickles away and hits the ropes

19.1 - Mitchell Santner to Babar Azam, FOUR, nicely played by Azam, he's looking to be positive, comes down the track, doesn't get to the pitch, but goes through with the shot, clears mid-off and rolls away to the fence

18.3 - Corey Anderson to Babar Azam, FOUR, lovely shot, fraction too short and just outside off, Babar swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats the fielder in the deep

4.4 - Matt Henry to Azhar Ali, FOUR, that should release the pressure, Azhar runs down the track, makes room and swings it through the line, clears cover, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

41.2 - Boult to Anwar Ali, SIX, that's a good old fashioned slog from Anwar, picks up the length, clears his left leg and heaves it wide of mid-wicket for a maximum. Pakistan need many more of those

24.5 - Elliott to Hafeez, SIX, that should relieve some pressure off Hafeez, length delivery outside off, Hafeez gets a big stride forward and goes through with the swing, just has enough to clear long-on, much needed boundary for Pakistan

7.3 - Boult to Azhar Ali, SIX, cracking shot, too straight from Boult, ends up drifting onto Azhar's pads, he picks up the length and swings it through the line, sends it sailing over the deep backward square leg fence

46.0 - Boult to Irfan, out Bowled!! New Zealand win by 70 runs. Boult finishes with four wickets. This was pitched up and nipped away a fraction, Irfan limply pushed forward, the ball goes past the outside edge and flattens the off-pole. A duck for Irfan and Pakistan have been bundled out for 210. Irfan b Boult 0(3)

45.3 - Boult to Amir, out Bowled!! Boult is loving this, he's having a ball at the tail! Amir made room for an expansive drive, Boult followed him slightly with a full toss, the attempted drive goes all awry, gets a thick outside edge and the ball crashes into the stumps. The zing bails take a rattling, New Zealand are one wicket away. Amir b Boult 0(5)

43.4 - Boult to Anwar Ali, out Caught by Latham!! Anwar falls, that should be the end for Pakistan. The short ball is doing the trick for Boult, Anwar made room and muscled it towards deep mid-wicket, he didn't bother to keep it on the ground, simple catch to Latham in the deep. Anwar Ali c Latham b Boult 16(22) [6s-1]

43.2 - Boult to Sarfraz, out Caught by Corey Anderson!! Another batsman falls to a catch in the deep, is this the final blow for Pakistan's hopes? This was full and on the stumps, Sarfraz backed awya and heaved it across the line, doesn't get hold of the shot, Anderson moves across to his left and clings onto the catch. First wicket for Boult. Sarfraz c Corey Anderson b Boult 30(29) [4s-3]

37.3 - Mitchell Santner to Imad Wasim, out Caught by Ronchi!! Wasim has been strangled down the leg-side. This was pushed through by Santner, ends up drifting onto Wasim's pads, he looks to flick, there was a sound as the ball went past the pad, Hot Spot picks up a tiny speck as well. Ronchi does well to move across to his right and grabs the ball. Pakistan are falling away now. Imad Wasim c Ronchi b Mitchell Santner 1(4)

36.4 - Corey Anderson to Babar Azam, out Caught by Henry Nicholls!! That's an awful shot from Azam and Pakistan lose another one. This was banged in short and just outside off, Azam cleared his left leg and aimed an almighty mow over mid-wicket, doesn't get anywhere near the middle of the bat, it goes high and over mid-wicket. Nicholls gets under it and he doesn't drop those. Babar Azam c Henry Nicholls b Corey Anderson 62(76) [4s-6]

32.1 - Elliott to Maqsood, out Caught by (sub)Milne!! Soft dismissal for Maqsood, third wicket for Elliott. He's made up for the loss of McClenaghan with the ball, this was banged in short and on the stumps, Maqsood was surprised by the length, goes for the pull, doesn't get hold of the shot, gets a thick top-edge, high and towards long leg, Milne settles underneath and takes a simple catch. Pakistan lose a wicket against the run of play. Maqsood c (sub)Milne b Elliott 10(16) [4s-1]

26.3 - Williamson to Hafeez, out Caught by Matt Henry!! Hafeez succumbs and yet another part-time option gets a wicket for New Zealand. This was a lot flatter and just outside off, Hafeez came down the track and drills it hard, didn't get the elevation needed, ends up offering a chest-high catch to Henry at long-on, the partnership has been broken. A dejected looking Hafeez walks back to the hut. Hafeez c Matt Henry b Williamson 42(56) [4s-1 6s-1]

11.0 - Elliott to Ahmed Shehzad, out Caught by Williamson!! Elliott has two and Shehzad has thrown his wicket as well. This was full and shaped away slightly from outside off, Shehzad was looking to go over mid-off, doesn't get hold of the drive, it went off the toe-end, simple catch for Williamson - at the edge of the circle. Ahmed Shehzad c Williamson b Elliott 13(23)

8.4 - Elliott to Azhar Ali, out Caught by Matt Henry!! Azhar has thrown his wicket away! This was the off-cutter from Elliott, Azhar was looking to heave it over the on-side, gets a thick top-edge, high and towards mid-on. Henry settles under it and holds it reverse-cupped. Azhar spotted the slower ball, but the execution went all awry. Azhar Ali c Matt Henry b Elliott 19(35) [4s-1 6s-1]

30.5 - Elliott to Babar Azam, 1 run, banged in short and on the stumps, pulled away past square leg for a single, brings up Azam's fifty as well