Dean Elgar 86(240); | (240);
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 18-4-39-1; | Mohammed Shami 12.3-2-28-5
Josh Hazlewood 0(3); | (3);
Tom Curran* 9.2-0-35-5; | Jake Ball 10-0-58-0
Tom Blundell* 3(5); | Mitchell Santner 24(5);
Mohammad Amir* 4-0-23-1; | Faheem Ashraf 4-0-55-1
Back live.. New Zealand have been set a stiff target. Guptill has a new partner with him today - Williamson. The onus will be on these two to get them off to a good start. The floodlights have taken effect. Aamer Yamin to start and not Amir. A slip in place and off we go..
20:31 Local Time: So Pakistan, who were looking shaky at one stage, have ended their innings with some pyrotechnics and have managed to get to 181, with 58 runs coming off the last 4 overs. The top-order got off to a stable start but didn't really turn up the heat as far as quick scoring was concerned. Fakhar Zaman and Sarfraz accelerated but lost their wickets in quick succession. With four overs to go, Haris, Amin and Yamin played a bunch of timely cameos that gave Pakistan the impetus at the death to put up a more-than-competitive total on the board. A thrilling run-chase awaits us after the innings break, as the series hangs in the balance. We'll be back in a jiffy...
Tim Southee [3.0-0-24-0] is back into the attack
Aamer Yamin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Boult to Faheem Ashraf, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Faheem Ashraf, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Ish Sodhi to Umar Amin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ish Sodhi [3.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
Trent Boult [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Umar Amin, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Santner to Sarfraz, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Colin de Grandhomme [3.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
The loudspeaker plays Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley! This DJ has some great taste in music.
Haris Sohail, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Santner to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Tim Southee [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Mitchell Santner [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme [2.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack
Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Ish Sodhi to Babar Azam, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mitchell Santner, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Ish Sodhi, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Trent Boult [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease
de Grandhomme to Shehzad, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Trent Boult, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Fakhar Zaman and Shehzad are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Southee will open the attack
Three changes for New Zealand: Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, and Seth Rance are out; Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, and Tim Southee in. As for Pakistan, Aamir Yamin replaces an injured Hasan Ali.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Anaru Kitchen, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Blundell(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
‘It would be nice to do the damage first up with the ball’ - Kane Williamson after losing the toss and being asked to bowl. The game is on!
Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat
This just in: Hasan Ali is out of the playing XI after twisting his angle whilst playing some soccer yesterday. That's a bit of a setback for Pakistan. We wish him a speedy recovery.
This is Rishi Roy, a sentient being who has adjusted his sleep cycle to New Zealand standard time over the past week, along with Akshay Maanay and Siva, and we'll be bringing you the final limited-overs fixture of this tour. So sit back and relax (with a snack and a cold lager perhaps). We'll be back with the toss and teams in a moment...
Good evening folks and welcome to the deciding T20 International between New Zealand and Pakistan at the picturesque Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. After a 0-5 drubbing in the ODI series and a loss in the first T20I, Pakistan's batting finally woke up, giving them a chance to redeem themselves in a largely underwhelming tour so far. The Black Caps have been clinical in this series, but the lone blip in the last game has given Pakistan an opening. Can the ever-so-volatile Pakistan surprise us again and end the series on a high? Or will New Zealand prove that the loss at Eden park was simply an aberration?
Preview: Batting revival was always going to be key for Pakistan to bounce back in the Twenty20 International series in New Zealand. Especially after Pakistan became the first side ever to inflict a 5-0 whitewash and then were whitewashed by the same margin in the very next series. Their problems mounted when they were swatted aside in the first T20I but a clinical show in the second game means they now have a chance to end the tour end with a silverware.Pakistan's top four - Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam - all came up with handy contributions in Auckland to give the bowlers the much-needed cushion. Pakistan did well to rectify the problem of losing too many wickets upfront.For New Zealand, Trent Boult, Seth Rance, Ben Wheeler and Mitchell Santner all went for plenty and that meant the batsmen were left with too much to do. It'll be crucial the bowlers step up in the series decider like they've done so far against the touring side.The Pakistan win was something the series desperately needed. New Zealand will be well aware that they can't afford a slip-up and suffer a series loss in front of the home crowd. Pakistan will also be aware that they need to be far more consistent than just a one-off win in between a series of losses.What to expect: A clear day is expected to welcome the team for the contest.Team news:New Zealand: The hosts have adopted a rotation policy for this series to manage the workload of their bowlers. They will, however, contemplate fielding the best possible XI with the series on the line. There is no clarity yet if Colin Munro will recover in time for the clash from his injury. Tim Southee has been included in the squad for the all-important clash.Pakistan: After their win the last game, it's highly unlikely the Pakistan think-tank will make any changes.What they said:"That's been our plan throughout the series in the first six overs to actually survive. Openers won't be able to do that in the One Day International series but in this particular match we managed to do that. Because of that, we got a lot of confidence from the opening stand and also from the fact that how our batters performed well in the death overs of the game and that what give us a lot of confidence" - Babar Azam.
New Zealand (From): 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, Tim Southee, Anaru Kitchen, Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees, Umar Amin
Pakistan needed six games to arrive on tour but they did so with a bang and will now leave with some silverware. Brilliant comeback after losing the first game of the 3-match series. The series win also takes them to the pinnacle of the T20I rankings. A good reward for them considering their recent form - W W W W W W L W W L W W W W L W W (today) - this is since the 2016 T20 WC. That's all from us today. This is Akshay Maanay signing off on behalf of my co-commentator, Rishi Roy(@_rrroy) and scorer Siva. Goodbye!
Sarfraz: Credit goes to my boys. The way we came back from 6-0, credit to everyone. We just told the guys to play your natural game. Zaman, Shehzad and all the bowlers performed. If you have wickets in hand, our lower order can capitalize. Once again the credit goes to my boys (for achieving the No.1 ranking). Thanks for the crowd for supporting us.
Williamson, New Zealand Captain: Credit to Pakistan, they were outstanding. We weren't at our best. It was the pressure that they put us under. They batted very well and had an above-par score on the board. They were disciplined on the field and that, I think, was the difference. There are a couple of things we would look to do differently, but credit to Pakistan again, they were really good. (About Pakistan scoring 110 runs in the last 10) Its about coming to the ground and making sure you adapt to the surface because every venue throws a different challenge at you. There is the breeze factor at these grounds and you want to be at the right end too. All in all, the bowling performance was an improvement. With the bat it is always a challenge when you see the run-rate grow. Taylor and Bruce gave us momentum when the run-rate was soaring but it is a pity we didn't get closer than we did. We were rusty on the field and we need to do better in that area in the future, especially in the tri-series coming up. However, more than that, the fielding reflects our on-field attitude and we'd like to improve on that going into the future.
Mohammad Amir, Man of the Series: At the start, it was a tough tour for us. We lost the ODIs. T20s is different and we are now the No.1 side. The credit goes to the team managment. I was doing what I was practising. I did not do well in the ODIs, but bowled a lot better in T20Is.
Shadab Khan, Man of the Match: I enjoyed playing in New Zealand. I played in the Big Bash and carried that experience forward. I like bowling in T20s. Our top order scored runs in T20Is as supposed to ODIs. I am looking forward to the PSL.
22:20 Local Time, 09:20 GMT, 14:50 IST: Pakistan were simply outstanding once again. They outbatted, outbowled and even outfielded New Zealand in this game. Chasing 181 against Pakistan's bowling unit was never easy. Williamson and Guptill were tied down by some disciplined bowling. The latter kept the scoreboard ticking with a fifty but had no support from the other end as Kitchen struggled with his timing. A cow-corner-loving Ross Taylor provided New Zealand some hope with a few meaty blows, but the asking rate was a bit too much for him. Amir and Raees were brilliant at the death, while Shadab bossed the middle overs. Overall a complete team performance from Pakistan takes them to the number one spot in T20I rankings.
Free-hit coming up
Faheem Ashraf [3.0-0-39-1] is back into the attack
Mitchell Santner, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Pakistan review: This time Sarfraz goes against his bowler. Raees not confident but Sarfraz wants to gamble with the caught behind. Legal delivery. Did the bat hit the ground? Few spikes on the RTS. But not when the ball passes bat. Not Out!
Raees to Tom Bruce, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Tom Blundell, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Amir to Ross Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Pakistan review: Amir was very confident that it was LBW. He forces Sarfraz into taking the review. Or was it for caught behind? Fair delivery. Yes, it is for caught behind. There is a spike when ball passes the bat. Pakistan might be onto something here. Third umpire having a few looks at that. Ruled in favour of Pakistan. OUT!
Mohammad Amir [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
55 from 24. It is gettable. But Pakistan have some excellent bowlers up their sleeve. Heading towards a tight finish this..
Rumman Raees [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Faheem Ashraf [2.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
Ross Taylor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Aamer Yamin to de Grandhomme, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Aamer Yamin [3.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Colin de Grandhomme, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Guptill, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Tom Bruce, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Kitchen, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Faheem Ashraf [1.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack
"Pakistan have outfielded New Zealand so far and that does not happen often," points out Ian Smith.
Aamer Yamin [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Anaru Kitchen, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Williamson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faheem Ashraf, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Mohammad Amir, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rumman Raees, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Guptill and Williamson are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Aamer Yamin will open the attack