Pakistan vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill, spinners keep Black Caps unbeaten in ICC World Twenty20

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 22 runs in Mohali. (Sharjeel 47; Milne 2/26, Santner 2/29).

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: March 23, 2016 6:48 pm
Live Cricket Score, Pakistan vs New Zealand, ICC World T20: Pakistan and New Zealand clash in Mohali on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters) New Zealand, after conceding runs at the start, pulled things back with their spinners in the middle overs. (Source: Reuters)

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 22 runs to maintain their unbeaten run in the ICC World Twenty20 2016. Electing to bat, New Zealand scored 180/5 and Pakistan, even after a Sharjeel cameo, fell short of the target by 22 runs in Mohali on Tuesday. (Full Coverage|| Fixtures||STANDINGS)

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As it happened!

2245 hrs IST: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 22 runs in Mohali. (Sharjeel 47; Milne 2/26, Santner 2/29)

2236 hrs IST: Pakistan need 39 from the last two overs now. They need a special effort to stay alive in the tournament

2230 hrs IST: WICKET! Endgame? Umar Akmal is out after scoring 24. Pakistan 140/5. Asking rate climbing now

2220 hrs IST: WICKET! Afridi goes big but finds Anderson in the deep. Sharp catch by the big man near the ropes. Pakistan 123/4

2213 hrs IST: BOOM BOOM TIME! Afridi launches Sodhi into the stands. Pakistan 115/3

2210 hrs IST: Afridi walks out to the middle, edge put down and he responds with a boundary

2208 hrs IST: WICKET! This was coming….Shehzad goes for the release shot but hits it straight to Guptill in the deep. Pakistan 96/3

2205 hrs IST: New Zealand doing a fine job with the ball, concede only 15 from the last four overs. Spinners pulling it back for the Black Caps

2200 hrs IST: At the half-way mark, Pakistan 89/2. New Zealand have done well after getting rid of Sharjeel, slipped in some tight overs

2154 hrs IST: WICKET! Santner strikes as Latif miscues his big hit to Elliot in the deep. Pakistan 79/2

2152 hrs IST: Ish Sodhi with the ball and he bowls a tight first over. It will be interesting to see how Pakistan play New Zealand spinners

2147 hrs IST: Important Shehzad takes the responsibility now. Pakistan can’t afford to lose another wicket and fritter away the early advantage in the chase. He has Khalid Latif for company

2144 hrs IST: WICKET! The breakthrough New Zealand were looking for, Sharjeel miscues and is out after scoring a 25-ball 47. Pakistan 65/1

2141 hrs IST: Shehzad joins the act now. Ends the over with a boundary. Pakistan 61/0 after five overs

2138 hrs IST: Sharjeel doing bulk of the scoring there. Anything directed at his body is pulled, flicked or muscled to the ropes. Exciting cricket

2136 hrs IST: That’s FIFTY for Pakistan, in fourth over of the innings

2128 hrs IST: Just the kind of start Pakistan wanted in this chase. Sharjeel in a destructive mood today, throwing his bat at everything

2124 hrs IST: Pakistan off to a flying start, collect 15 from the first over. Sharjeel looking good for Pakistan in the stiff chase

2100 hrs IST: New Zealand post 180/5 against Pakistan in Mohali. (Guptill 80; Sami 2/23, Afridi 2/40)

2055 hrs IST: SIX! Taylor with the much needed hit. Right in the slot, and he gives it a whack

2052 hrs IST: Grant Elliot is the new man in for New Zealand.

2050 hrs IST: WICKET! Ronchi down the track and hits it straight to Malik. Sami picks his second wicket

2046 hrs IST: Two overs to play, New Zealand 160/4. Should get 180+ from here on

2042 hrs IST: Ronchi and Taylor need to cut loose now. New Zealand got off to a flier, important they finish well

2038 hrs IST: With two wickets, chance for Pakistan to retrict New Zealand at death

2035 hrs IST: WICKET! Anderson miscues the big hit to the fielder in the deep. Afridi with the breakthrough. New Zealand lose two in quick succession

2029 hrs IST: WICKET! Guptill, trying to run-down the short delivery to third-man, drags it back onto his stumps. Sami scalps the dangerman who is out after scoring 80

2024 hrs IST: Guptill show keeps New Zealand brisk against Pakistan in Mohali. The opener moves to 69 off only 41. New Zealand, 116/2 in the 14th, are heading towards a big total

2020 hrs IST: Irfan back into the attack for his third spell. Bowled spells of one over each before this

2014 hrs IST: 12 coming off the Afridi over. New Zealand 93/2 after 11 overs

2012 hrs IST: FIFTY for Guptill, off only 33 balls. This is his 13th fifty in this format. He holds key for the Black Caps here

2008 hrs IST: Pakistan fightback with two quick wickets after poor start. Guptill’s wicket, and pressure would be on New Zealand

2006 hrs IST: WICKET! Afridi strikes in his first over as Munro reverse-sweeps straight to Sharjeel Khan in the deep. 75/2

2003 hrs IST: Colin Munro is the new man in. Left-right combination in the middle for New Zealand

2001 hrs IST: WICKET! Williamson mistimes the drive to Afridi, Irfan gives Pakistan the much-needed breakthrough. New Zealand 62/1

1954 hrs IST: New Zealand score 55/0 in the powerplay overs. Guptill doing bulk of the scoring in those overs

1950 hrs IST: Five quiet balls and Guptill launches spinner Wasim into the stands. New Zealand 44/0 after five overs

1947 hrs IST: As seamers struggle, Afridi introduces spin. Imad Wasim to bowl his left-arm spin

1942 hrs IST: Guptill gets New Zealand off  to a brisk start, moves to 21 off 15. Pakistan under pressure, leak runs in the powerplay

1937 hrs IST: Irfan concedes 13 from his first over. New Zealand 14/0 at the end of two overs

1935 hrs IST: SIX! Guptill gets hold of that one and hits a gigantic hit

1932 hrs IST: Tight start by Amir, concedes only one

1930 hrs IST: Plenty of support for Pakistan today, more than what it was for India during the Test match against South Africa last year

1927 hrs IST: New Zealand openers Williamson and Guptill out in the middle, Amir with the new ball for Pakistan

1926 hrs IST: Pakistan in a huddle, it’s a very crucial game for them. The ‘Group of Death’ leaves no room for a complacent step. Need to get the job done to keep their semis hopes alive

1920 hrs IST: The two teams are out for the National Anthems. We are moments away from live action now

1906 hrs IST: The team sheets are out

PAK XI: Shehzad, Sharjeel, Latif, Akmal, Malik, Sarfraz, Afridi (c), Imad, Amir, Sami, Irfan

NZ XI: Guptill, Williamson (c), Munro, Anderson, Taylor, Elliott, Santner, Ronchi, Milne, McClenaghan, Sodhi

1900 hrs IST: TOSS! New Zealand get the spin in their favour and they have elected to bat first. They are unchanged for this fixture, and Pakistan have made two changes – no Wahab Riaz and Hafeez in XI

1850 hrs IST: Wasim Akram feels the new ball will swing and it won’t turn as much as it has in other parts of the country so far. That said, Akram feels, it will come nicely onto the bat

1848 hrs IST: Team combination could get interesting for New Zealand. How do they play? Same combination – heavy on spin or include the likes of Boult and Southee? Some calls to make

1840 hrs IST: Toss is 20 minutes away in Mohali

1830 hrs IST: Half-an-hour to go for the big match – Pakistan vs New Zealand

Build Up

Script goes awry for Pakistan’s evergreen hero

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Shahid Afridi addresses press conferences in a manner none too different from the way he plays his cricket: in a hurry. ‘In a hurry’, in fact, doesn’t quite capture it. Tabadtod, a Hindi/Urdu adjective which can loosely be translated as — but contains more crunch than — “at a breakneck speed”, comes closer.

Ish effect – A household suddenly torn by loyalties

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At another end of the country, far way from Panchkula, when India were playing New Zealand in Nagpur last week, the Sodhi household was in a dilemma. They, like most in the country, had always ardently supported for India.

No Chacha cricket, only Chacha Chicago in Mohali

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Just as Mohammad Bashir approaches the main gate at the I S Bindra Stadium in Mohali, the Pakistani cricket fan, fondly called Chacha Chicago, is approached by a group of seven to eight youngsters. With the Pakistan cricket team training inside the stadium, Bashir knows it will be long wait as he is also offered lunch by the Indian fans outside the stadium.

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