Murali Vijay* 13(49); | Lokesh Rahul 16(49);
Lungisani Ngidi* 2-0-6-0; | Morne Morkel 4-1-9-0
Trent Boult 0(0); | (0);
Faheem Ashraf* 3.3-0-22-3; | Mohammad Amir 4-0-28-2
Upul Tharanga* 39(37); | Danushka Gunathilaka 35(37);
Mustafizur Rahman* 1.5-0-14-0; | Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-10-0
Back live.. Pakistan have done superbly in the first part and now upto to Amir and Co. to defend this total. It is going to be tough, especially with Munro and Guptill at the top. Sarfraz has a quick chat with his team before they disperse. Guptill to take strike. Amir with the new ball. A slip in place and off we go..
Pakistan's batsmen have finally arrived in New Zealand. On a true pitch with short straight boundaries, the openers added 94 for the first wicket - the best stand for the opening wicket on this tour. Both fell within an over of each other, Shehzad for 44 and Fakhar Zaman for 50, but the platform was set, allowing Babar Azam (50*) and Sarfraz Ahmed (41) to capitalize. The hosts struggled with the dimensions of the ground and have let their batsmen chase down 202. A challenging target for New Zealand, but they will fanccy chasing this target down. Back in a while..
Trent Boult [3.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Hasan Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ben Wheeler to Faheem Ashraf, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faheem Ashraf, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Ben Wheeler to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Wheeler [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
Pakistan should get 200 here, that's a bare minimum
Seth Rance [3.0-0-34-1] is back into the attack
Back to over the wicket
Trent Boult [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Boult, from round the wicket
Ish Sodhi [2.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Ben Wheeler [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Mitchell Santner [1.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack
Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease
de Grandhomme to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Rance to Shehzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Seth Rance [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Mitchell Santner, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Spin from both ends now. Santner is into the attack
Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Time for spin and it's Sodhi who will get the first go
Seth Rance [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Ben Wheeler, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
One over for Rance and he's off, Wheeler replaces him, one slip in place
One slip in place
Seth Rance, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Two slips for Shehzad
Fakhar Zaman and Shehzad are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Boult will open the attack
Right, the players are out in the middle. Can Pakistan put up a defendable score on the board?
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult
Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat
It's been all too easy for the hosts and they have had the luxury of rotating their players. Kane Williamson, who was rested for the first game with a niggle, is expected to be back and Ross Taylor might sit out of this game. Colin Munro has been amongst the runs and so has Martin Guptill. With the bowlers running rings around the Pakistani top-order, the middle-order batsmen have had very little to do. Will we see a reshuffle in the batting order? Or will the series victory take first precedence?
18:10 Local Time: It's a been a difficult tour for Pakistan so far. Whitewashed 5-0 in the ODI series, they are on the verge of losing the Twenty20 international series as well. Batting has been the woe for Sarfraz Ahmed's side, the high of winning the 2017 Champions Trophy has been forgotten as the team struggles to put up decent totals in the Antepode nation. With very little to play for, the bowlers have hardly got a chance to exhibit their credentials. As the tour party reaches Auckland for the first time, Pakistan will have to play out of their skins if they are to dethrone the current world number one T20I team and keep the 3-match series alive.
PreviewIt has been a summer of just wins and more wins for New Zealand. After winning the first T20I against Pakistan, they have 13 victories on the trot across formats in this home season. And that despite some chopping and changing, forced or otherwise. That they go into the second T20I as favourites would be an understatement. Even more so given their opposition, Pakistan are dealing with a host of problems of their own.First amongst Pakistan's problems will be the failure against the new ball where they have lost crucial wickets consistently through the limited-overs games this series.And there will be no let-up this time around either. New Zealand have a rotational policy going for this series and in accordance to that they will have the services of Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson for this game.Needless to say then that Pakistan will have their task cut out once again early while batting. They will be eager to break the rut of losses in this series. They have threatened with a few good individual performances over the course of the series but haven't managed to run New Zealand close. The nature of the T20I format though ought to reduce the gap between the two sides, and Pakistan will be hopeful of those individual performances turning the game in their favour.Where: Eden Park, AucklandWhen: 19:00 Local time on January 25, 2018What to expect: Eden Park is one of the grounds where boundaries ought to flow but the pitch has a tendency to be sticky, which could restrict run flow.Team NewsNew Zealand: Kane Williamson, who missed the previous game with a niggle, is expected to be back and lead the side. Ross Taylor will be sitting out because of the rotational policy.Pakistan: Micky Arthur and Co. have the unenviable job of changing the batting overnight. They might experiment a touch with the batting order in a bid to beef up the top with experience in the absence of Shoaib Malik.Did you know?- New Zealand have won their last four T20Is against Pakistan. The last time Pakistan beat the hosts was in early 2016 in Auckland.- Colin Munro needs four runs to become the fifth New Zealand batsman to reach 1000 runs in T20 Internationals. If he gets there in his next innings (37th), he will be the second slowest among the five after Ross Taylor (51).- New Zealand have won eight out of the last ten T20Is at home with one match ending in a no result. This home season they have remained unbeaten across formats winning both the Tests, all eight ODIs and three out of the four T20Is.What they said"I think they're a pretty unpredictable team. When they come out and play to their potential, they can beat anyone, and you can see that in the results that they've had." - Colin Munro is not taking Pakistan lightly
Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Ahmed Shehzad, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Hafeez
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips(w), Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler, Kane Williamson
So, Pakistan have kept up to their inconsistency tag - brilliant in one and clueless in another. What do they have for us in the third T20I? That is on Sunday (January 28) and it promises to be an entertainter with the series on the line. Do tune in for that. For now, goodbye and take care!
Sarfraz: Very pleased today. Credit to the openers for setting it up and giving us the platform to finish. We had nothing to lose and that's why I elected to bat. All the top three batsmen played very well. All the bowlers bowled very well, especially bowling in this small ground. It is difficult to captain a side on such small grounds, you do not know what a good score is and what kind of field to set. So, I am happy with the win.
Williamson: Pakistan were excellent tonight in all departments. We were not good in any department. There is a lot of belief in the camp. Short format cricket, you are always under pressure. The seamers having being bowling really well. Today was just an off day. Pakistan were brilliant. We were not good with the bat. If we had wickets in the hand, we could have chased down 200 on these small grounds. There is always positive. Today gives us a chance to sit down and reflect on our performances.
Fakhar Zaman, Man of the Match: It was a first win after a long time, so very happy. The wicket was much better in our innings. We just took our time and then played our shots. We were talking about surving the powerplay and then take our chances. I enjoyed batting today.
21:15 Local Time, 09:15 GMT, 14:45 IST: How did Pakistan not win a game so far? They were simply outstanding today. Bossed all three departments and have kept the series alive. Having equalled their second highest T20I total, the Pakistani bowlers came all guns blazing. They had a plan to bowl at the body and they executed it to perfection, claiming three wickets inside the powerplay. Guptill battled his way through to 26 and was the highest contributor in the top-order, while 30s from Santner and Wheeler just delayed the inevitable. All the Pakistani bowlers were among the wickets, Ashraf being the pick with three. The visitors have finally arrived on tour and they have in style. Stick around for the presentations..
Faheem Ashraf to Ish Sodhi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Trent Boult, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Rance, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faheem Ashraf [3.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Seth Rance, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Amir to Santner, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mohammad Amir [3.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Rumman Raees [2.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack
Ish Sodhi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Hasan Ali to Ben Wheeler, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Hasan Ali [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Mohammad Amir [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack
Hasan Ali [1.0-0-3-0] is back into the attack
Ben Wheeler, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Mitchell Santner, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Glenn Phillips, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Third umpire called for a run-out check. Phillips did not slide his bat in. But his his foot has landed in the crease. Not Out!
Faheem Ashraf [1.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Guptill, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Glenn Phillips, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Hasan Ali to Tom Bruce, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Hasan Ali, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Faheem Ashraf, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Tom Bruce, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Raees to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Kane Williamson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Amir to Munro, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Slip goes to mid-wicket
Rumman Raees, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Guptill and Munro are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Amir will open the attack