New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd T20I: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 48 runs

Pakistan, after posting 200/4, beat New Zealand by 48 runs in the second T20I to level the series 1-1 in Auckland.

New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 toss Pakistan beat New Zealand by 48 runs in 2nd T20I

Pakistan cruised to a 48-run victory over New Zealand and levelled the series 1-1 with one more T20I to be played between the two nations. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam scored quickfire half-centuries in the second T20I while Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad contributed with 40s which gave Pakistan a big total of 200 for 4 at the Eden Park. At a small ground, New Zealand lost regular wicket which slowed down the scoring pace and did not threaten Pakistan’s defence. The bowlers were also on the top and continued to bowl with aggression. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan were off to a brisk start thanks to Fakhar and Shehzad. Both took the attack to New Zealand bowlers and got boundaries at will. Fakhar scored a half-century while Shehzad was out after making 44. Babar and Sarfraz then took over from them to take Pakistan closer to 200. The Pakistan captain fell for 41 but Babar hit a four off the final delivery of the innings and completed his half-century and Pakistan’s 200. New Zealand lost Munro and Williamson early and then Guptill followed them too. Ben Wheeler, Mitchell Santner and de Grandhomme did try to bring New Zealand close but lost their wickets in the process

New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd T20I at Eden Park, Auckland

  1. 2:48PM
    25 Jan, 18

    Faheem Ashraf gets Ish Sodhi and Pakistan win the 2nd T20I by 48 runs. This is a comprehensive victory for Pakistan in the second T20I against New Zealand. They have levelled the series and will take a lot of confidence from this win

  2. 2:40PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Mitchell Santner

    WICKET! Mohammed Amir removes Mitchell Santner and any hopes of New Zealand winning the game. Santner is beaten for pace there as he tries to pull the ball. A feather off the bat and the catch goes to Sarfraz behind the stumps. Taken

  3. 2:36PM
    25 Jan, 18
    New Zealand still in it

    150 up for New Zealand with Santner and Sodhi at the crease. They need 51 off 16 delivery and it is gettable if they keep getting those boundaries

  4. 2:26PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Ben Wheeler

    Hasan Ali breaks the stand. He makes sure there is no comeback from New Zealand. Ben Wheeler tries a pull shot but it is quick. It takes the bottom edge of his bat and crashes into the stumps. 7th wicket falls for New Zealand

  5. 2:19PM
    25 Jan, 18

    Ben Wheeler and Mitchell Santner are taking on the bowlers. Sixes and fours coming at ease for them. Brilliant batting considering the match situation. Can they make a match out of this from here?

  6. 2:10PM
    25 Jan, 18
    New Zealand comeback?

    New Zealand are 80 for 6 after 11 overs. Ben Wheeler and Mitchell Santner are batting for them and will try to move closer to the target which is still too far away.

  7. 2:02PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan on top!

    Pakistan have made this match too easy for themselves. Shadab Khan picks up the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme and now New Zealand are 64 for 6

  8. 1:53PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Martin Guptill

    Pakistan on fire at Eden Park! Shadab Khan strikes now and it is the big wicket of Martin Guptill. It is wide towards the off-side and Guptill goes after it. It is full and Guptill slashes hard at it. It takes the top-edge and flies to short third-man. Easy catch and Guptill has to depart

  9. 1:48PM
    25 Jan, 18
    New Zealand 49/3

    End of the powerplay and New Zealand are 49 for 3. They would have liked to have more than this without losing three wickets. Guptill is still there so they can still have some hope of chasing down this big total but it won't be easy.

  10. 1:47PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Bruce gone

    Bruce departs! Good fielding from Haris Sohail to run-out Bruce. He picked the ball and had only one stump to aim at. He is bang on target to catch Bruce short! He was trying to hit a pull shot but managed to hit to midwicket and set off for a single.

  11. 1:41PM
    25 Jan, 18

    DROPPED! Pakistan cannot afford this. Bruce is the man who gets a lifeline. It was slashed hard and it flew to straight to third man where Rumman Raees is stationed. He puts down the catch. Sarfraz is not ready to believe it. Serious let go this. What more? It has gone for six.

  12. 1:38PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Kane Williamson

    Pakistan have their tail up as Kane Williamson falls. A top delivery from Rumman Raees. Just good length to which Williamson tries to play a flick as well. He did complete the shot but straight to midwicket. A good catch from Haris Sohail. Wicket for Pakistan

  13. 1:36PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Colin Munro

    Mohammed Amir gives Pakistan an early wicket. Colin Munro is out LBW. He walked across his stumps to play the flick shot. It is a full delivery and Munro misses his shot. He is hit on the pads and umpire has no doubt in his mind that it will hit the stumps. Gone

  14. 1:26PM
    25 Jan, 18
    No-ball from Raees

    First error of the Pakistan bowling! Rumman  Raees has overstepped on the second last delivery of the second over. Munro on strike for the free-hit! Full from Raees and Munro has hit it for four! Pakistan paid the price of that no-ball.  Extra delivery and four runs

  15. 1:19PM
    25 Jan, 18
    New Zealand chase begins

    Pakistan players are out of the field. New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are making their way out to the middle. Mohammed Amir has the ball in his hand. New Zealand are chasing 202 to win this game this stand will be crucial for them

  16. 1:06PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan 201/4

    Babar Azam with a boundary off the final delivery of the innings to reach his half-century and Pakistan reach 200. This a very challenging total but Pakistan need to bowl very well because it is a small ground.  New Zealand know they can chase this down with the line-up they have. Brilliant batting from Pakistan to reach this mark. Fakhar and Shehzad gave that terrific start and them Babar finished it up

  17. 12:59PM
    25 Jan, 18

    WICKET! Sarfraz Ahmed gone after an entertaining knock of 41. He tried to clear the ropes off Wheeler but it was a slower delivery that did the trick. Munro takes the catch. Pakistan still not there. They need a few hits to reach 200

  18. 12:49PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Can Pakistan come alive at death?

    Rance has been erratic in this over. He has already bowled a couple of wides in this over and now Babar Azam with a six off a full toss. These are crucial overs at this small grounds. Even the mistimed hits will for sixes here. Pakistan need all  they can score

  19. 12:47PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan on the charge

    Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed are stepping on the paddle to get some quick runs for their team. They need them as only three overs remain in the innings. Pakistan are 168 for the loss of two wickets. A late burst can see them get closer to 200 run total

  20. 12:33PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan pushed back

    The two wickets have slowed down Pakistan. Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam have not been able to keep the same scoring rate as Fakhar and Shehzad. Pakistan are 130 for 2 after 14 overs. They need a big finish here with wickets in hand so they can get a score closer to 200

  21. 12:22PM
    25 Jan, 18

    Fakhar Zaman is gone after making his half-century. Colin de Grandhomme has a wicket in his first over. A slower delivery which is short on the leg stump. Fakhar tries to pull it but he is too early into the shot. He top edges it to fine-leg fielder who takes an easy catch. A good innings comes to an end

  22. 12:18PM
    25 Jan, 18
    WICKET! Ahmed Shehzad

    Ahmed Shehzad has holed out in the deep! A brilliant innings for Shehzad of 44 runs. Recalled into the side and he has delivered. But this intelligent bowling from Rance. After getting hit for a six, he bowls slightly slower delivery and Shehzad goes after it. He doesn't get the power he would have liked on it and sends a catch to the fielder

  23. 12:13PM
    25 Jan, 18

    FIFTY! Fakhar Zaman has played a brilliant innings for Pakistan and reahced his half-century off just 26 balls. This is the kind of start that Pakistan had missed on this tour. He has played his natural game and not let the bowlers get on top of him. He reaches his fifty with a single

  24. 12:10PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan openers make it count!

    Ish Sodhi applies some brakes on Pakistan's scoring rate. That one over from Santner was crazy. Only three runs from the Sodhi over. Fakhar has to wait for his half century here. Seth Rance has come on to bowl the ninth over for New Zealand. Ahmed Shehzad on strike for Pakistan

  25. 12:07PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Fakhar Zaman breaks free

    FAKHAR ZAMAN IN MURDEROUS FORM! He has taken Santner to all sides of the park in the first over itself. Three sixes in that over. 22 runs in total and Santner is searching for a line to bowl here. Fakhar has raced to 49* off just 23 balls. Pakistan batsmen showing great intent and not playing according to the bowling. Stunning stuff

  26. 12:01PM
    25 Jan, 18
    Opening act for Pakistan

    Two overs and Pakistan moved fast! 14 runs from the fifth over and 13 from teh sixth. Brilliant batting from Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad. Both Rance and Wheeler punished. End of the powerplay and Pakistan will be very happy to have a score of 57 and not lost a wicket. Ish Sodhi the legs-spinner wil bowl for New Zealand now

  27. 11:50AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Wheeler gets going!

    Change in bowling! Ben Wheeler is into the attack after only one over to Rance. Wheeler has been impressive in his short international career so far. And he begins well again. Only five runs of his first over. That over had some pace in it with Wheeler hitting the 140 mark constantly. Brilliant start.

  28. 11:46AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan's highest partnership

    Boult is keeping it tight at the other end. Fakhar Zaman did try to open his arms in the third over but Boult's line and length has been superb. Decent start from Pakistan with 25 runs from the first three overs. More importantly they have not lost any wickets here. This 25-run stand is the highest opening partnership for Pakistan on this tour! Let that sink in

  29. 11:40AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Seth Rance give 12 runs

    A bit expensive over from Seth Rance. Two fours in that over and both from Ahmed Shehzad. He also ran a three in that over. Nice start from Pakistan and they need to build on this. Pakistan 18/0 after 2 overs

  30. 11:39AM
    25 Jan, 18
    NZ vs PAK Live Score

    Trent Boult gives only six runs in the first over. Fakhar Zaman with a four in that over. Most delivery were on the good length. Seth Rance to bowl the second over for New Zealand. 

  31. 11:35AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Trent Boult with the new ball

    Trent Boult has the new ball and he will bowl to Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman. Pakistan are trailing 1-0 in the series and this match is a must-win for them. Boult to Fakhar now!

  32. 11:32AM
    25 Jan, 18
    Pakistan and New Zealand playing XIs

    Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman RaeesNew Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult