28 December 2010

New Zealand wins T20I series against Pakistan

Redeeming in an emphatic manner for their past torrid series, New Zealand were able to secure series win against Pakistan in the second T20I match at Hamilton by 39 runs. New Zealand batsman sparked as Pakistani bowlers failed to provide any kind of damage what so ever in order to dent their progress. 

Abdul Razzaq started with a perfect first off to the proceedings as he removed Jessie Ryder caught behind .But later on all the coming batsman in the line up had been ruthless, and extremely dominant. With sixes and fours flaying all around the park, Pakistan's bowler were of absolutely no idea what was going along their way. Guptill along with Franklin posted 91 run partnership for the second wicket, with Guptill being first to be dismissed at 44. Even after that, some extraordinary power display kept on coming with Styris contributed 34 off mere 14 balls, and Mc Glashan chipping in a quick 26 off 10 balls as they raced towards total of 185/7. Captain Ross Taylor remained not out on 30 at the end of the innings. The only bowler of some substance was Saeed Ajmal , who being reasonably economical bagged three wickets. Both spearhead pacers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul were spanked with atrocity as their economy surpassed 10.

Pakistan, while on the hand got off to a pacey start as Muhammad Hafeez posted six in the first over. Shahid Afridi also joined the party with posting a six in the next over, but got out just the next ball cleaned by Mills. Hafeez kept on keeping in pace with the run rate, but wickets kept on falling on the other side. Hafeez ultimately just four shy of half century ran himself out. This actually was the turning point in the game, after that none of the Pakistani batsman looked threatning.Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq went off cheapily, as their back bone was crumbling. Nathan Mc Cullum was the part of the demolition process who took some crucial wickets. Now, the only hope remained was Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq, despite posting few shots off the boundary could not resist for long. In the last over, there was again going to be a repeat show by Southee who was on a hatrick, could not repeat as Akhtar defied this feat and did some face saving. Pakistan finally ended up with 146/9. Nathan Mc Cullum bagged four wickets, and was named Man of the Match for his performance.


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