Shahid Afridi will lead the Pakistan team © Getty Images
Shahid Afridi chipped in with 55 runs © Getty Images

Dec 14, 2014

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sharjah. I am Varun Arora and I will be bringing all the updates of the match to you here.

Pakistan will face New Zealand in the third One-Day International (ODI) which will be played at Sharjah on Sunday. Pakistan went down by four wickets in the second one-day in Sharjah on Friday, a game in which Misbah-ul-Haq hurt his hamstring leaving him doubtful for the third game, also in Sharjah on Sunday.

Fast bowlers Umar Gul (ankle) and Bilawal Bhatti (hand injury) were also sidelined and are returning home. Chief selector Moin Khan said Misbah had undergone a MRI on his injury.

“Misbah has gone through an MRI scan on his hamstring injury and has been retained until his medical report comes,” said Khan.

Shah took 27 wickets in the five Tests which Pakistan played — two against Australia and three against New Zealand — since October this year. The fourth and fifth matches will be played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday. The series is currently tied at 1-1, with Pakistan winning the first match by three wickets in Dubai, reported AFP.

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Pakistan have won by 147 runs. Luke Ronchi is the last man to depart. Afridi takes the wicket. Disappointing show by the visitors. They will look to come back stronger in the next match. For Pakistan, Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi were the heroes.
OUT! Ronchi b Afridi 41(40)


Another one bites the dust! Afridi gets him out bowled. Matt Henry fails to put up much resistance. Pakistan are just a wicket away from winning this match.
OUT! Matt Henry b Afridi 1 (3)


Sohali gets his third victim. Nathan McCullum has been dismissed. Younis Khan takes an impressive catch. The part-timer must be really happy with his contribution with the ball.
OUT!!Nathan McCullum c Younis Khan b Sohail 15(10)




Oh No! Shehzad picks up the wicket of Tom Latham. It was a flighted delivery from Shehzad and Latham who went for a big slog but was caught by Wahab Riaz at backward square-leg. Now, another one. James Neesham hands over Haris Sohail his second wicket of the ,match. Full delivery by Sohail, Neesham came down the track and handed Wahab another catch.
OUT!!Latham c Riaz b Ahmed Shehzad 34(48) and Latham c Riaz b Ahmed Shehzad 34(48






Corey Anderson is removed by Wahab Riaz. It was a short delivery which hurried onto Anderson as he tried to brush it away for a big one but taken comfortably by Shahid Afridi at mid-on. Luke Ronchi arrives at the crease. It will be really tough for New Zealand to win the match from this stage.
OUT!! Corey Anderson c Afridi b Riaz 19(16)




Haris Sohail has picked up the big wicket of Kane Williamson. It was a loopy delivery and Williamson straight forward catch to the bowler. Oh No !! Sarfraz has put down a top edge from Corey Anderson’s bat. It went really high but Sarfraz should’ve held on to it. Sohail deserved two from this over but he has to return with a single wicket.
Out!! Williamson c and b Sohail 46(52) [4s-6]





The 100 comes up for New Zealand. This is a small partnership building here for New Zealand. Remember? This is the venue where Williamson scored 192 in Tests. He needs to stick around but he needs some partner to contribute with him. New Zealand need 259 runs from 31 overs.






Ross Taylor hanged back on the back foot waiting for the short delivery to cut it but misses the quicker delivery from Afridi. This is a big wicket. Tom Latham comes in at No. 5.
OUT!! Ross Taylor b Afridi 31(25)





Ross Taylor is batting positively here. Few sixes already from him this evening. New Zealand this partnership to grow, this is their only chance to get the mammoth total posted by Pakistan.





Gone! Mohd. Irfan has taken the wicket of Martin Guptill. Afridi takes the catch. New Zealand staring at a huge defeat. Ross Taylor comes in for New Zealand.
OUT! Guptill c Afridi b Irfan 12(19)


Guptill and Williamson are looking to slowly establish a good partnership. The Pakistani bowlers are not showing complacency despite putting up such a big score.



Mohammad Irfan gets the first breakthrough for Pakistan. It’s the wicket of Anton Devcich who goes for a ambitious pull to the short ball but gets an inside edge which is taken by Sarfraz behind the stumps.
OUT!!Devcich c Sarfraz Ahmed b Irfan 0(4)






Corey Anderson’s figures- 10-0-96-1

Corey Anderson final over: 1,6,1,6,4,4. Pakistan collect 22 runs from the final over and end the innings at 364 for seven. This partnership 51 off 21 balls. New Zealand will be relieved that this innings has ended.




Pakistan get 14 runs from the 48th over bowled by Jimmy Neesham. Fours runs coming from the first ball of the McClenaghan’s 49th over. Oh! Good comeback two balls right in the blockhole. Now two back to back boundaries by Sarfraz. This is now the highest score by Pakistan against New Zealand and also the highest the highest score at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Single to end the over. 15 runs coming from this one.





McClenaghan has got the big wicket of Shahid Afridi on the last ball of the 47th over. It was a low full toss pitched wide outside off and Afridi sliced it straight to Williamson at covers. Third catch by Williamson in this match.
OIUT!! Shahid Afridi c Williamson b McClenaghan 55(26)






Umar Akmal who came in after the dismissal of Haris Sohail has ran himself out which has brought Sarfraz Ahmed on the crease. Now, Anderson pitched a full delivery outside off and Afridi whips it for a boundary and gets to his fifty from just 21 balls. His 38th ODI fifty.
OUT!! U Akmal run out (Guptill) 0(1)






Haris Sohail is dismissed after a useful cameo of 39 runs. Birthday boy, Matt Henry gets his third wicket of the match. It was a full toss and Sohail hits it Williamson at mid-off.
OUT!! Sohail c Williamson b Matt Henry 39(28)










The 50-run partnership comes up as Afridi hits Anderson for a boundary towards deep mid-wicket. That’s six. It was a slower delivery, Afridii just paused for a moment and buried it over mid-off. That was pure power. A boundary to end the over. 17 coming from this Anderson over. Pakistan have moved to 276 for four. Sharjah is loud today.




Sohail hits his first six of the match. It was short delivery by Neesham, Sohail pulls it for a flat six over deep mid-wicket.Two more from the last ball of the 42nd over. Pakistan get 10 from this one.







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Shahid Afridi takes on Corey Anderson and hits him for two sixes and a boundary. Pakistan ends the powerplay with 47 runs. Sharjah is buzzing with roars and cheers. The captain , Afridi is striking big.







Shehzad is dismissed by Matt Henry who is celebrating his birthday today. It was a bit short and Shehzad played a flat batted slap which was caught by Williamson at mid-off. Oh No! Shafiq too perishes. It was good length ball, Shafiq misses the line and the ball shaked the off stump. Hat-trick chance? Henry would love to get a hat-trick on his birthday. Haris Sohail is the new man for Pakistan. Shahid Afridi, is on the other end. Sohail survives the hat-trick ball as he pushes a length ball towards mid-on.
OUT!!Ahmed Shehzad c Williamson b Matt Henry 113(120) and Asad Shafiq b Matt Henry 23(40)




James Neesham pushes it full, Asad Shafiq makes room and smack it over the cover fielder for his first boundary. 11 runs from this over. So far, 17 runs from the two powerplay overs.










Ahmed Shehzad gets his century off 112 balls. His sixth hundred in 54 ODIs.







Oh No !! New Zealand have dropped the match here. Shehzad gets a fine edge and Ronchi who dived to his right dropped a tough chance.This partnership has now added 48 runs off 60 balls.




Nathan McCullum bowls a good length delivery which hits Shafiq on the pads as tries to sweep it. Huge appeal from New Zealand bowlers but the umpire doesn’t give it. They gave opted for a review now. It appeared to hit outside off and yes the replays tell the same story.







Asad Shafiq is the new man in. McCullum darts a loopy delivery outside off in the 25th over and Shehzad dances down the track and buries it over the cover fielder for a boundary. Pakistan have reached 150-mark in the 27th over.







Pakistan had already gathered 12 runs from the 22nd over bowled by Nathan McCullum but Younis Khan went for a ambitious hop and gave away his wicket as he was caught on long-on by Corey Anderson.
OUT!! Younis Khan c Anderson b McCullum 35 (39)




Shehzad just at his best. McCullum floats in an good length delivery, Shehzad shimmies down the wicket and hoicks it out the park for a gigantic six. The ball has been lost.








Ahmed Shehzad gets to his fifty in the 19th over. He has looked brilliant from the start today. Nathan McCullum bowled a quicker delivery outside off and Shehzad played a cracking cover drive. Now, Pakistan have also reached the 100 mark in just 18.1 overs. 300 looks good today





Younis plays a classy straight drive to end the 13th over bowled by James Neesham. Now, Shehzad plays a majestic cut short which pierces the field between third man and point fielder. Shehzad is looking good for a big score today.





Pakistan end the mandatory powerplay period on a decent note. Mohammad Hafeez’s wicket just stopped the fast flow of runs but still it a strong foundation laid by the openers. Younis has been defensive as he has only scored four runs off 12 ball.







Hafeez, you beauty! Short balls are getting dispatched for big ones. This time Corey Anderson comes up with a short one and Hafeez pulls it handsomely for a six. Oh no! Hafeez has given away his wicket here. A full delivery this time and Hafeez edges it to Ronchi behind the stumps.
OUT! Hafeez c Ronchi b Corey Anderson 33(26)





Hafeez and Shehzad have taken Pakistan past the 50-run mark in a matter of just overs 6.4 overs. Oh ! What a shot! It was a bit short from Matt Henry and Shehzad pulls it for a huge six. This is a brilliant start from Pakistan. Two runs to end the seventh over. 14 from it.




Pakistan openers are doing really well here, making full use of the powerplay overs. Now two boundaries from Hafeez from the sixth over. It’s raining boundaries in Sharjah,








Pakistan have got off to a decent start in the third ODI at Sharjah. Three boundaries coming off the last three deliveries of the fourth over bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan.




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Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Shahid Afridi( c), Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan.

New Zealand: Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor.

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