Pakistan will play a five match ODI series against New Zealand in UAE © Getty Images
Pakistan will play a five-match ODI series against New Zealand in UAE © Getty Images

Dec 8, 2014

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Pakistan have snatched victory from the imminent jaws of defeat. Harris Sohail was the architect of this victory but Shahid Afridi must be commended for managing the unthinkable by virtue of holding his nerve. He didn’t give New Zealand a single opportunity in an innings that lasted 51 balls. He scored 61 without taking a risk. Thus Pakistan’s parched run of form in ODIs comes to an end. They had lost five on the trot prior to this incredible victory that has helped them take a 1-0 lead in the five- match series against New Zealand.

Just when it looked like Pakistan might win it with balls to spare Shahid Afridi has  been run out by a direct hit from Ross Taylor. New Zealand invariably produce brilliance in the field at moments such as this. Taylor’s direct hit comes as a ray of hope for New Zealand. Pakistan require 12 runs from 12 balls to complete a win that looked improbable for the longest time.
OUT! Shahid Afridi 61 (51) run out Taylor

As much as Harris Sohail should be complimented for soaking up the pressure, the innings from Shahid Afridi has been very uncharacteristic of him. He’s curbed his natural instincts for the team’s cause and that is a performance worthy of the man of the match award if he can bat through and take Pakistan home. Afridi’s registered his 37th One-Day fifty.

Pakistan have brought the required run-rate down significantly, needing only seven and a half runs an over in the last six overs. In modern day cricket with a batsman like Shahid Afridi at the crease, this is suddenly turned into a match which is Pakistan’s to lose.

Shahid Afridi and Harris Sohail’s partnership stands at 61 and in quick time. The duo have kept Pakistan in the game and slowly but surely they are beginning to attain a position of ascendency in the match. Pakistan require another 56 runs to win from 48 balls.

Despite their troubles Pakistan may have one last shot at the target of 246 with Afridi at the crease and Harris Sohail anchoring the innings from the other end. Afridi hasn’t quite got going yet but the fact that he seems prepared to see out the initial period and get his eye in, in the process, should auger well for Pakistan with 90 balls to and 101 runs to get. The mandatory batting powerplay has also been taken.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s arrival momentarily revived hope of a Pakistan victory but his cameo came to a premature end as he hit one straight down long-on’s throat. He looked in imperious form, toying with the Kiwi bowlers in his short stay at the crease but he only flattered to deceive.
OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed 26 (19) c Milne b Mccullum

Pakistan are struggling to gather any momentum into their innings. Their innings continues to follow the trend of people coming in to bat, eating up deliveries and then in an anti-climax throwing it away. Misbah ul-Haq was the most recent casualty courtesy a gem of a catch taken by veteran Daniel Vettori who’s had a fantastic match. Sarfraz Ahmed, arguably Pakistan’s best player on form has come in to bat at number seven. Pakistan require another 136 runs to win from 114 balls.
OUT! Misbah-Ul-Haq 13 (23) c Vettori b Neesham

That could be curtains for pakistan. Younis Khan swept Daniel Vettori and found Dean Brownlie stationed at deep square-leg to perfection. The much coveted wicket of Younis is vettori’s second for the innings. Pakistan fall deeper into the abyss with the wicket of Younis.
OUT! Younis Khan 4 (14) c Brownlie b Vettori

Pakistan innings is in tatters as Ahmed Shehzad follows Asad Shafiq back into the hut. Shehzad’s innings comprised three phases, the struggle against the pace of Milne, the counter attack at the fall of Hafeez’s wicket and finally the conclusion which was his own dismissal. Daniel Vettori struck in his second over. Its an uphill climb for Pakistan from here. They require another 200 runs from 216 balls with seven wickets in hand.
OUT! Ahmed Shehzad 28 (41) lbw Vettori

Jimmy Neesham is not the kind of bowler who sends shivers down your spine, in fact he basically bowls gun-barrel straight at medium pace. Asad Shafiq managed the unthinkable by hitting an apparently innocuous delivery straight to point, and it was hit air borne so he returns to the pavilion leaving Pakistan in a spot of bother.
OUT! Asad Shafiq 5 (17) c Devcich b Neesham

Ahmed Shehzad has suddenly found some rhythm in his innings. He has quickly moved on to 21 of 26 balls with a flurry of boundaries. He has momentarily shifted the pressure back on to the Kiwi bowlers and the pace of his innings is also allowing Asad Shafiq to settle down at the crease.

Pakistan have lost Mohammad Hafeez early in pursuit of 246. Hafeez never looked comfortable against the pace of Adam Milne, which seemed to have hampered his foot work against the gentler pace of Kyle Mills as well. Mills dismissed him off his stock delivery, which pitches and nips back into the right hander. Both bowlers are getting good shape with the ball to have the Pakistan batsmen hopping and gropping at the crease.
OUT! Mohammad Hafeez 6 (17) b Mills

Ross Taylor helped sew the New Zealand innings as he scored his 3rd consecutive hundred in One-Day cricket. It was also his 11th ODI ton overall. His efforts along with cameos from the likes of Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori and then Nathan Mccullum ensured New Zealand have a total to bowl at. Pakistan bowlers were disciplined through the innings except for the fag end. Harris Sohail did a commendable job in the absence of a fifth bowler, conceding a measly 39 runs from his quota of ten overs. Mohammad Irfan was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers, picking up three crucial wickets.


Ross Taylor registers his 11th ODI hundred, in the process guiding New Zealand to a respectable 246 for 7 in 50 overs. Taylor has been the shining light in an otherwise grim landscape for New Zealand and his efforts have propelled the New Zealand total to 246, which may well be a match winning score. Ross Taylor has had an incredible year in ODI cricket with three hundreds and 2 fifties in his last six innings. This is also his 3rd ODI hundred on the trot.

Ross Taylor is beginning to cut loose, recognising that although its a slow and sluggish surface, New Zealand will require a score close to 250 to challenge Pakistan. He took Umar Gul to the cleaners last over hitting him for a gigantic six over square leg and a boundary through cover. Taylor is closing in on his 11th ODI hundred. New Zealand are two short of the 200-run mark

Luke Ronchi’s promising little cameo has come to an end as he tried to play a pull shot off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan who’s having a fantastic game. This was Irfan’s third wicket for the match. The wicket also reiterates the point that Irfan’s probably the hardest bowler to pull and hook as he generates extra bounce from a reasonably full length.
OUT! Luke Ronchi 23 (26) c Younis b Irfan

Ross Taylor has notched up his 27th One-Day International fifty even as wickets continue to tumble around him. Taylor has been in prolific form, this being his third fifty in the last six ODIs, to add to that he has scored two hundreds in that period as well.

New Zealand are tottering at 120 for five having eaten up 32 overs. Their Innings has constantly flattered to deceive as every time they’ve looked like building a partnership they’ve invariably lost a wicket against the tide. The loss of regular wickets has kept their run-rate in check which has consistently meandered around four runs an over mark.
OUT! Jimmy Neesham 1 (8) lbw Afridi

New Zealand lose their fourth wicket on threshold of the 100-run mark at the half way stage. Tom Latham’s been run out trying to pinch a single. He showed desperation by diving in, in an attempt to save his wicket but to no avail as Younis Khan released the ball to the keeper in a flash who whipped the bails off before Latham made his ground.
OUT! Tom Latham 13 (20) run out Younis Khan

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham are rebuilding for the Black Caps since the loss of the untimely wickets of kane Williamson and Anton Devcich. Pakistan have pegged the New Zealand run-rate back and they’ve also managed to rush through the fifth bowlers quota of overs. Harris Sohail has already sent down five quiet overs. This will help them keep overs from their premier bowlers in the bank for the business end of the innings.

Kane Willamson’s been dismissed against the run of play, attempting to play an injudicious pull shot to a delivery that rushed onto him and hit him high on the bat. Mohammad Irfan gets the extra bit of bounce from a fuller length than others. He has accounted for the New Zealand skipper, his second wicket for the match. Pakistan are back in the game with the much coveted wicket of Williamson.
OUT! Kane Williamson 10 (19) c Sarfraz b Irfan

Kane Williamson has joined Anton Devcich in the middle and everything seems to be coming off the center of his bat. He is timing the ball like a dream and has looked untroubled by the Pakistan bowling which has been steady at best. New Zealand will look to keep wickets in hand to be able to take advantage of the lack of a fifth bowling option for Pakistan

Mohammad Irfan gets rid off Dean Browlie. It was an innocuous looking delivery wide outside off stump, asking to be belted for four but all Brownie managed was to hit it straight to point where Ahmed Shehzad pouched it safely.
OUT! Dean Brownlie 14 (14) c Shehzad b Irfan

New Zealand openers have been circumspect against Mohammad Irfan who has bowled a probing line but they have taken full toll of any lose deliveries dished out by Umar Gul who’s lacking a bit of rhythm on first glance.

Pakistan have asked New Zealand to take first strike, taking the dew factor into account, but its a double edged sword considering that chasing hasn’t been Pakistan’s area of expertise lately. They have opted to play just four specialist bowlers with Shahid Afridi slotted at number 8. The ban on Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling has affected their team composition greatly. It will be interesting to see who fills in for the fifth bowler. New Zealand have gone in with the horses for courses approach, playing two specialist spinners in Nathan Mccullum and veteran Daniel Vettori.


TOSS: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bowl

Teams:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, ,Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c),  Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi,  Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan.

New Zealand:  Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor , Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne and Daniel Vettori.


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium. I am Ankur Dhawan and I will be bringing all the updates of the match to you here.

Pakistan and New Zealand start a five-match one-day series in Dubai on Monday with the focus on building confidence and momentum for next year’s ICC World Cup, which is just two months away. It promises to be a keenly-fought contest after they ended honours even in both the three-Test series and the two-match Twenty20.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq admitted his team can build confidence and momentum. “This is one of our last chances before the World Cup, to look how we will go into the World Cup so the focus is on that,” said Misbah on Saturday.

“Pitches are different here [from Australia and New Zealand where the World Cup is being hosted] but I still think the confidence and the momentum of this series will help us and it will not matter even if we are playing on different pitches here.”

Pakistan have recalled experienced batsman Younis Khan after dropping him from the three-match one-day series against Australia which they lost 3-0 in October — also played in the United Arab Emirates. Misbah believes Younis will provide valuable experience, AFP reported.

New Zealand on the other hand had plenty of positives to emerge  from the batting department with both Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, shining and scoring 282 and 262 runs respectively with an average of 56.40 and 52.20 each. Thus, these men will hold the key to New Zealand’s chances in the ODIs.

Squads:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan and Zulfiqar Babar.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori.