26 December 2010

Southee's five takes down Pakistan to end New Zealand's losing streak

Tim Southee stars in New Zealand's win in the first T20I match against Pakistan to ensure they nullify their bad losing omen  which  kept them along for the past eleven matches. New Zealand won by five wickets  with 17 balls remaining. New Zealand's had earlier suffered plenty by the hands of Indian whitewash , and their first series loss to minnows Bangladesh.
Tim Southee broke Pakistan's backbone with five wickets followed by a hatrick. The fiery paceman at the end had figures of 5-18 in four overs. Along with Southee, Guptill was the key man for New Zealand's batting, scoring a pacey half century with four 4's and four 6's ensuring that the Black Caps sailed home with ease.
Pakistan, who batting first scored 143-9 were making smooth transition early in their innings, as they had rocketed to 58-1 in 5.5 overs. After that Southee's demolition process started, where he stuck five times in his nine deliveries. His amazing spell also included a hatrick removing Younis Khan, Muhummad Hafeez, and Umar Akmal at just 8th over of the innings. Umar Akmal was unfortunate to given leg before, which ultimately led Southee being the third bowler to secure a hatrick in T20 Internationals.
Visitors were reeling at 68-6, but the recovery came when Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul scored valuable 30 each to ensure Pakistan had a respectable total to defend. On the arrival of Black Cap's batsman, they made their intention clear when Guptill flayed 15 runs in Razzaq's opening over. After that Pakistani bowlers chipped in with wickets of Ryder and Brownlie, but Guptill kept along showing that he was un-deterred with all that and played some classy shots.  He was later dismissed on 54 when he was run out. But Taylor kept on making their scoreboard ticking,remained not out on 39 at the end of the match and easily managed to achieve the total at 17.1. Southee was awarded Man of the Match for his splendid bowling. 


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