Black Caps register nine-wicket win at Hamilton
New Zealand won the three-match T20I series against Pakistan with an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second T20I in Hamilton.
The hosts have a 2-0 lead in the series with the dead rubber third fixture to be played on Tuesday.
Electing to bat first, Green Caps once again found themselves struggling at 56-4 at one stage with Tim Southee taking quick wickets but the experienced Mohammad Hafeez made sure the side finish with a competitive total.
The visitors made 163-6 as the veteran all-rounder made 99 not out off 57 balls with 10 boundaries and five sixes to his name.
For the Black Caps, Southee was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 4-21 in four overs.
In reply, New Zealand were rarely bothered as they completed the run chase on the back of half-centuries from captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper Tim Seifert.
Seifert, who starred in the series opener with a half-century, continued his form in today’s game as he struck 84 off 63 balls which included eight boundaries and three sixes.
Williamson, who returned to the side for the remaining games in the series, hit eight fours and a maximum on his way to 57 which came off 42 deliveries.
Faheem Ashraf bagged the only wicket for the Shadab Khan’s side.
New Zealand have put on an emphatic performance with the bat and win the game by nine wickets. They have an unbeaten 2-0 lead in three-match series with a game left to go.
Cricket journalist Kamran Muzaffar blames poorly managed domestic season as the reason for team selection for the tour.
Thats where inapporopriately managed domestic Cricket can be so misleading.— Kamran Muzaffer (@Krick3r) December 20, 2020
Captain Kane Williamson reaches his half-century off 36 deliveries with seven boundaries and a maximum to his name.
Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert have put on a 100-run partnership for the second wicket. They need just 28 runs to win from 30 balls.
New Zealand are having fun with the Pakistan bowlers at the moment with Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert taking the attack to Shadab Khan’s side.
Samaa TV’s Shoaib Jatt shares his opinion on Wahab Riaz’s over
وہاب بھائی تھوڑا رن اپ ہی چھوٹا کرلیں— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) December 20, 2020
جتنی دور سے آتے ہیں اتنا لمبا چھکا کھاتے ہیں
The fans have something to say about that Wahab Riaz over earlier in which he was hit for 19 runs by Tim Seifert.
Hasnain on bench despite a great @thePSLt20 and recent series againt Zimbabwe series.While @WahabViki is burdening the team with his experienced bashing and poor senseless bowling_This Misbah @waqyounis99 combo is more than damaging@adeel_azhar @sawerapasha #PAKvNZ #NZvPAK— QA (@Qamar_110) December 20, 2020
Wahab se jaan chorao yaar #PAKvNZ— Ahmed dada 🇵🇰 (@_iamAhmedDaDa) December 20, 2020
Wahab riaz should also retire now same as amir did. We should now focus on young talent #PAKvNZ— Farhan (@Shkfarhan15) December 20, 2020
UPDATE: New Zealand were 91-1 at the end of 10 overs with captain Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert at the crease. They require 73 runs to win from 60 balls.
UPDATE: Second successive half-century for Tim Southee. He cross the mark in 32 deliveries and is playing extremely well at the moment.
A disastrous first over by Wahab Riaz as he is hit for three sixes by Tim Seifert.
Cricket fan is pinning his hopes on the spinners to level the series for Pakistan.
A cricket fan from Kashmir believes the missed Williamson chance may haunt Pakistan
Kane Williamson edges one and the ball travels between the wicketkeeper and the first slip to the ball. A chance goes missing for the visitors.
UPDATE: New Zealand are 35-1 at the end of four overs with captain Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson at the crease. They require another 129 runs to win in 96 balls.
WICKET: Faheem Ashraf gets his reward as Martin Guptill is caught for 21 off 11 balls. New Zealand were 35-1 in 3.4 overs.
New Zealand are clearly have their plan set out in the run chase.
There has been a stark difference in Mohammad Hafeez’s performance in the previous two games in the series and cricket statistician Mazher Arshad recalls it with a funny tweet.
0 (1) 99 (57) pic.twitter.com/v7yAKlnuMk— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 20, 2020
On the other hand, sports journalist Mirza Iqbal Baig shares his view on the Pakistan batting line up.
We can judge the batting depth of Pak team where Shadab Khan is coming at no 5. Pakistan’s batting lack experience. Now it all depends on Pak bowlers how they bowl on this small ground where top edge goes for a Six.#PakvsNz— Mirza Iqbal Baig (@mirzaiqbal80) December 20, 2020
The Black Caps are off to a flying start in the run chase thanks to hard-hitter Martin Guptill.
What a performance this has been from Mohammad Hafeez. He remains unbeaten on 99 off 57 deliveries and anchors Pakistan to a defendable total of 163-6.
A fan shares a picture of the talismen
Pakistan cricketing legend Sana Mir heaps praise on Mohammad Hafeez’s fighting knock.
WICKET: Tim Southee completes his four-wicket haul as he gets Faheem Ashraf caught for four. Pakistan 133-6 in 17.5 overs.
Sports journalist Zainab Abbas raves on Mohammad Hafeez’s timing in today’s game
Mohammad Hafeez timing it well.. #PakvsNz— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) December 20, 2020
WICKET: Khushdil Shah is caught at the boundary for 14 off 20 balls. Pakistan 119-5 in 16 overs.
UPDATE: Pakistan will be looking to step up a gear in their scoring as they were 107-4 at the end of the 15th over with Mohammad Hafeez and Khushdil Shah at the crease.
Sports journalist Qadir Khawaja believes Hafeez’s experience is all that matters.
UPDATE: What a performance this has been from Mohammad Hafeez. He scores a crucial half-century with a maximum.
It’s all happening here. Hafeez gets dropped but is nearly run out. A much reprieve for the Green Caps
Veteran journalist Aalia Rasheed says Mohammad Hafeez has the role of being the leader at this stage.
Director of PTV Sports Dr. Nauman Niaz weighs in on Abdullah Shafique’s performance so far.
There is nothing wrong with Abdullah. Talented he is. He has been handpicked without experience in domestic cricket. Batsmen need time to mature. More they play more they express situationally in tougher conditions. Selection is a science not done on whims & personal likes. 🙏— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) December 20, 2020
A Pakistan fan has an interesting question for Pakistan’s batting coach Younis Khan.
younis bhai aap copy main kiya likhtay hain?— main aap ki behan nahin (@shmyla) December 20, 2020
A cricket from India says Pakistan team can learn how to bat from Mohammad Hafeez.
Pakistan today’s 11 can learn batting from Hafeez #NZvPAK— Faiz mohammed (@faizmohd31) December 20, 2020
A Pakistan team fan is clearly missing Babar Azam in today’s game.
Pakistan top order is nothing without Babar anchoring the innings. #NZvPAK— Qas. (@QAS__786) December 20, 2020
WICKET: Captain Shadab Khan is caught for four off James Neesham’s bowling. Pakistan 56-4 in 8.2 overs.
UPDATE: Pakistan were 55-3 at the end of four overs with Mohammad Hafeez and captain Shadab Khan at the crease.
UPDATE: Pakistan cross the 50-run mark in 7.3 overs.
WICKET: Tim Southee gets his third as Mohammad Rizwan nicks the ball to Tim Seifert. Pakistan 33-3 in 5.4 overs.
Cricket journalist Shahid Hashmi believes inconsistent bounce has been the reason for Abdullah Shafique’s undoing in the series so far.
Bounce is tough to negotiate for Pakistan batsmen… feel for Abdullah Shafique…both matches he fell to bounce— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) December 20, 2020
Sports enthusiast Raza Haidery is finding this game strikingly similar to the series opener in Auckland.
Its deja vu for Pakistan all over again….struggling to score runs and losing wickets at an early stage. Abdullah Shafique goes for a duck#NZvPAK— Raza Haidery (@razahaidery90) December 20, 2020
UPDATE: Pakistan were 27-2 at the end of four overs with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez at the crease.
WICKET: Abdullah Shafique’s nightmare campaign continues as he departs after getting caught and bowled for a duck by Tim Southee. Pakistan 16-2.
WICKET: Tim Southee gets his revenge for the six earlier as he gets Haider Ali caught out for eight. Pakistan 16-1.
Aggressive intent straight away from Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali.
Some fans are criticising the sport for its nature by looking at the New Zealand’s playing XI for today’s game.
Santer who is captain of Nz in first T20 is not in Playing 11 in Second..!— Akash Mishra (@AkashMishra7459) December 20, 2020
Cricket is such an unfair game..😥#NZvPAK
Cricket journalist Sawera Pasha asks how Pakistan will fair against the New Zealand side which has brought back several of its key players for the game.
Pakistan won the toss&opts to bat first, Unchanged XI, whereas NZ brings back Williamson, Southee, Boult&Kyle Jamieson.— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) December 20, 2020
It will be interesting to see how Pakistan’s top order will handle the hostile pace attack of NZ this time around.
none the less, best of luck 🇵🇰! #NZvPak
Luke Ronchi and Waqar Younis, who were part of the Pakistan Super League-winning franchise Islamabad United once, were seen interacting with each other ahead of the game.
Here are the lineup for today’s match.
New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wicketkeeperk), Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
Pakistan XI: Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan (captain), Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
UPDATE: News coming from the centre is that Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat in Hamilton.
Pakistan’s top order collapsed dramatically as Jacob Duffy made a dream debut to his T20I career. Let’s see how the pace and bounce works this time around…
The hosts have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on the back of their five-wicket win in the opening game on Friday.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the second T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hamilton.