That's all from this match! Rain did try to spoil the 100th ODI game between these two sides but we still got a curtailed game in which New Zealand emerged victorious. Pakistan will feel a little hard done by as they were better placed before the rain interruption. Now, it is a must-win encounter for them in Dunedin on the 13th of January at 1100 local (2200 GMT previous day). Do join us for all the action. Until then, take care and goodbye.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it was a brilliant performance and it panned out to be an interesting game. Admits 247 could have been a tricky total but Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill threaded a brilliant partnership after the break to get them across the line. Ends by saying that there are elements they can improve on but he is satisfied with their overall performance.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed says he is very disappointed with the top order but is pleased with the way lower order batted. Suggests that the rain was not in their hand and their momentum was very high before the break. Ends by saying that they have to work on their batting and hopes to come out fighting in the next game.
Man of the Match, Martin Guptill says that they got off to a good start. Reckons losing Colin Munro was not ideal but he along with Kane Williamson stitched a good partnership. Admits it is satisfying to win the game after the rain delay. Ends by saying that batting with Taylor is something he enjoys.
In the first innings, after electing to bat, Pakistan lost wickets in heaps. Mohammad Hafeez was the only one from the top order who showed some fight as the experienced campaigner notched up a fifty. But after his wicket, it seemed improbable for Pakistan to cross the 200-run mark. However, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali had different ideas. They played some counterattacking strokes and stitched a 70-run stand in quick time to power Pakistan to a competitive total. A special mention for Hasan Ali, whose blitzkrieg shell-shocked the Kiwi bowlers. Stay tuned for the presentation...
Approximately after a 2-hour delay, New Zealand were given a revised target of 151 in 25 overs of which they needed 87 runs in 11 overs. The tourists started well with Shadab Khan bowling a tidy first over after the break but the 15-run over by Hasan Ali completely shifted the momentum in the favour of the Kiwis. The Pakistan bowlers did not have any answer to the brutal hitting by Martin Guptill who notched up his 33rd half ton. He was ably supported by Ross Taylor as the duo constructed an unbeaten century partnership.
So, after all the waiting due to rain, we finally have a winner in this game. New Zealand have absolutely cruised to victory to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Yes, it had gotten much easier for them once the target was revised but they made a mockery of it. Initially, chasing a target of 247, the Kiwis got off to the worst possible start as they lost Munro in the first over for a duck. Williamson and Guptill did manage to steady the ship but just as the game was drifting away from the visitors, Shadab Khan produced a beauty of a catch to dismiss the opposition skipper. Ross Taylor came out next and he along with Guptill started to build another partnership before the rain intervened.
to Ross Taylor
That is it! Taylor pulls the shortish length ball from the inner half of the bat. It goes through square leg and a run is collected to give New Zealand their second victory in the series. Smiling faces in the Kiwi camp. THEY WIN BY 8 WICKETS (D/L method)!
to Martin Guptill
SCORES ARE LEVEL! On the pads, Guptill works it around the corner for a run.
Fuller in length on middle, Taylor drives it back towards the bowler who tries to stop it with his feet but deflects it towards covers for a run.
Length ball outside off, stays a touch low. Taylor tries to cut but is beaten by the low bounce.
Good length outside off, guided to point.
Rumman Raees is back into the attack.
Shadab Khan to Ross Taylor
Presses forward to a full ball and eases it down to long off for a single. Tidy over by Shadab, just 3 runs off it. But the damage has been done already. Only 3 needed for a win.
Shadab Khan to Martin Guptill
Short again, flatter through the air, Guptill slaps it through cover-point for one. 100-run stand comes up!
A googly, landing on middle and turning in to cramp the batsman. Guptill moves deep inside the crease and blocks in time.
Half-tracker outside off, spinning away, Taylor slaps it to sweeper cover for one.
Spinning away from the batsman, Taylor gets back and cuts it to covers.
Flatter on off, defended back.
Hasan Ali to Martin Guptill
SIX! What has he eaten in the break? He is absolutely smoking it. Another short ball on middle, Guptill lines it up and dispatches it over mid-wicket for half-a-dozen.