All-round Afridi stars as Pakistan go 1-0 up

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All-round Afridi stars as Pakistan go 1-0 up

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by Ahson Afzal
Jan 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM
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    Match Report: 1st T20I: Pakistan vs Newzaland

    Pakistan 171 for 8 (Hafeez 61, Milne 4-37) beat New Zealand 155 (Williamson 70, Munro 56) by 16 runs



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    Pakistan innings:

    Pakistan started their 2016 on a winning note as they went 1-0 up in the three match T20 series vs New Zealand. Having won the toss, New Zealand invitedd Pakistan to bat first, and even though they started off slowly, Hafeez and Shehzad eventually gained momentum. Shehzad eventually fell after scoring 16 off 14; that did not affect Hafeez though, as he pummeled 18 runs off Corey Anderson in the very next over. However, Maqsood was stumped shortly after, failing to trouble the scoers and continuing his horrendous form.

    The New Zealand spinners kept Malik and Hafeez at bay for the next two overs, Malik finally found his momentum after hitting a six and a four versus the debutant Todd Astle but fell in the next over to the impressive Mitchell Santner.

    Mohammad Hafeez went on to complete his fifty and eventually fell on 61, but Shahid Afridi played an impressive cameo scoring 23 off 8 deliveries. Umar Akmal also joined the party, although he was dropped by Kane Williamson.

    Akmal and Afridi fell in quick succession, and while Imad Wasim hit 18 off 9 balls, the rest of the batsmen failed to contribute and Pakistan ended their innings on an impressive 171 at the end of their 20 overs.

    Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he picked up 4/37 in his 4 overs.

    New Zealand innings:

    Chasing 172 to win, the New Zealand openers were faced with a daunting task. Pakistan opened their bowling with Mohammad Amir, who was returning to international cricket after five years, and New Zealand collected 8 runs off the first over. Imad Wasim bowled the second over and Pakistan struck with the wicket of the inform Guptill through a run out. Amir should have had Williamson the fourth over, but he was put down by Afridi. Still, Pakistan kept a lid on the scoring, until Munro broke free against Umar Gul hitting him for 6, 4 , 6, 6 in 4 successive deliveries. While Williamson continued to struggle, Munro continued on his merry way, treating every bowler with disdain and reached his 3rd T20I fifty in the 9th over, which came off just 25 deliveries. He fell in the very next over, however, as he chopped on a Wahab delivery on to his stumps.

    From there on, none of the New Zealand batsmen could cash in and a flurry of wickets gave Pakistan the upper hand. Anderson was the first to fall, as he chipped a return catch to Imad Wasim, and then Elliot dragged an Afridi delivery on to his stumps. Afridi picked Ronchi just 3 balls later as he chipped a simple catch to Ahmed Shehzad at cover, and then Gul removed Santner, courtesy a stunning catch by Afridi.

    By this time, Williamson had finally found some momentum and punished Wahab for a six and four off successive deliveries. Amir was denied a wicket again, as Maqsood put down Todd Astle in the next over, and to put salt on to the wounds, was hit for successive boundaries by Kane Williamson.

    Umar Gul struck in the next over, however removing Astle with an inswinging yorker, and Amir finally picked up a wicket on his return in the next over as Matt Henry chipped a catch to Afridi.

    It left New Zealand with 17 to win off the last over, which was bowled by Wahab Riaz. Wahab struck gold immediately with Williamson's wicket on his very first ball, and Trent Boult chipped the last
     
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