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4.6 overs (1 Run) Ali bowls a good yorker to leak just a single in the Free Hit. Yorker, on off. Guptill digs it out towards square leg and takes a single.
4.6 overs (5 Runs) FOUR! Guptill is on a roll here. He finds a boundary again on the last delivery of the bowler. Short ball, outside off. Guptill stays back and cuts it over backward point for a boundary. But wait, the umpire says the bowler has overstepped, it is a no ball. There is one ball to go then which will be a Free Hit.
4.5 overs (1 Run) Slower one this time. Full and on off. Mitchell check his stroke in the end and blocks it towards mid on for a single.
4.4 overs (0 Run) Back of a length, on off. Mitchell looks to pull it away, but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.3 overs (1 Run) Guptill gets lucky this time! It was a slower ball. Full and outside off. Guptill makes room and looks to push it to the off side. The ball takes the inside edge and goes towards fine leg. They take a single.
4.2 overs (1 Run) Slightly short, outside off. Mitchell looks to pull it away but does not connect well. The ball takes the inner half and goes towards mid on. The batters cross for a single.
4.1 overs (6 Runs) SIX! BANG! Daryl Mitchell picks it up nicely. Full-length ball, on off. Mitchell stands tall, gets under it and smokes it over the long on fence for a biggie.
Here comes the first change in bowling. Hasan Ali comes on to bowl.
3.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Nicely played. Guptill manages to sneak a boundary at the very last ball of the over. Tossed up, around off. Guptill goes back and punches it through cover-point. The ball beats the man and races away to the boundary.
3.5 overs (1 Run) Flatter and around off. Mitchell works it towards long on for another single.
3.4 overs (1 Run) Full, around middle and leg. Guptill flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
3.3 overs (0 Run) Tossed up, around off. Guptill defends it back to the bowler.
3.2 overs (0 Run) Floated, full and on the pads. Guptill clips it to square leg. He was looking for a single, but the fielder was quick to collect the ball.
3.1 overs (0 Run) Flatter and short, outside off. Guptill cuts it to cover but finds the fielder.
2.6 overs (0 Run) Nice delivery to end the over! Full and on the pads. Mitchell stays inside the crease and looks to flick it away but misses. The ball hits the toe and goes back to the bowler. 8 runs coming off this one.
2.5 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Mitchell gets his first boundary of the game now. Some width offered and Mitchell gets on top of this one. Short and outside off. Mitchell hangs back and cuts it through cover for a boundary.
2.4 overs (1 Run) Another single this time! Length and on the pads. Guptill clips it towards square leg and gets across for a quick single.
2.3 overs (1 Run) Fuller and around off. Mitchell pushes it towards mid off and rotates the strike.
2.2 overs (2 Runs) First runs coming off Afridi's spell. A length ball, on the pads. Mitchell flicks it to deep square leg. The batters come back for the second run comfortably.
2.1 overs (0 Run) Afridi steams in and serves a length ball, on off. Mitchell blocks it back to the bowler watchfully.
1.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Nicely cut away. Guptill gets the first boundary of the innings. Short and outside off. Guptill rocks on the back foot and cuts it through point. The ball races away to the boundary. 7 runs coming off the over, a good one for New Zealand.
1.5 overs (1 Run) On the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for another single.
1.4 overs (1 Run) Martin Guptill opens his account now. Flatter and around off. Guptill opens the face of the bat and guides it towards short third man. The batters cross after a bit of a hesitation from Guptill.
1.3 overs (0 Run) A dot now! Quicker. Full and on off. Guptill leans in and pushes it to cover.
1.2 overs (1 Run) Daryl Mitchell and New Zealand are off the mark! Full and on off. Mitchell steps forward and works it towards long on for a single.
1.1 overs (0 Run) Tossed up, full and on off. Daryl Mitchell defends it to cover.
It's going to be spin from the other end as Imad Wasim comes on to bowl.
0.6 over (0 Run) Yes, he does. A maiden over for Shaheen Afridi. Length ball, outside off. Guptill stays back and looks to chase it away but misses. The ball zips past the outside edge. Rather than the bowler, it looks like the crowd put in an appeal and the bowler later joined in. It is a wonderful atmosphere, but the umpire remains unmoved.
0.5 over (0 Run) Make it 5! Afridi fires in a yorker, on the money. Guptill stays inside the crease and digs it towards cover. Will Afridi start with a maiden over?
0.4 over (0 Run) Four dots on the trot! Afridi has been brilliant. Length and around off. Guptill hangs back and defends it out.
0.3 over (0 Run) Length ball, on off. Guptill gets his bottom hand into play and whips it towards mid on. The fielder there stops the ball easily.
0.2 over (0 Run) Good-length ball, outside off. Guptill stays back and lets it go to the keeper. The fans are chanting "Afridi" on every ball, as he steams in.
0.1 over (0 Run) Afridi hurls a full-length ball, around off. The ball swings in a bit. Guptill hangs back and plays it back to the bowler. A fiery start by Afridi.
The umpires are out in the middle as the Pakistan team can be seen in a huddle before taking the field. Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell, the New Zealand openers stride out to the middle as well. The players are seen taking the knee to show their stand against racism and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Shaheen Afridi to start proceedings with the ball. Let's play...
The two teams are out in the middle for their respective national anthems. It's going to be New Zealand's national anthem first, followed by the national anthem of Pakistan .
PITCH REPORT - It is a typical Sharjah pitch and it is the surface that favours spin the most. The pace bowlers will have to rely on their variations and the batters will look to take advantage of the shorter boundaries here. There might be a bit of dew later on in the evening.
Mohammad Hafeez is in for a chat. He says that definitely the last match was a good one and it got them prepared for the whole tournament. Adds that they have their focus on the next game and they are mentally and physically ready for the match. Mentions that knowing the conditions does have slight advantage but its about adjusting and applying oneself. Mentions that now they are moving to a new venue and they will have to assess the conditions in Sharjah as they are playing over there after two years. Ends by saying that he was probably the loudest in the dug out in the previous match.
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, is up for a chat. He says, there is a fantastic crowd, and good energy in the ground. Adds, they will hope to commit to the plan and hope they adapt quickly to the conditions, as all three venues are completely different.
The Pakistan skipper, Babar Azam says that they will bowl first and look to take early wickets to put pressure on the opposition and also due to the dew factor. Adds that the last match was a good game but they need to keep up the momentum. Says that the boys are in good shape and will look to adapt to conditions here. Informs that they are going with the same playing XI.
New Zealand (Playing XI) - Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert (WK), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Pakistan (Unchanged playing XI) - Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.
TOSS - Both the skippers stride out to the middle for an all-important toss. The coin goes up and lands in favour of Pakistan. They have opted to BOWL first.
Update - A huge blow for New Zealand. It is being said that Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup. But, New Zealand do have an option in Adam Milne, who can replace him for the future fixtures. Although, it will be subject to ICC approval.
On the other hand, New Zealand is coming into this game hunting for their winning momentum. Also, the Kiwis have struggled in such UAE conditions, they will hope the stat changes in their favour this time around as they do well in ICC events. During the warm-up games, New Zealand could not get a win under their belly, they suffered consecutive defeats, the first one against Australia followed by one against England. Their batters need to up their game, they could not deliver their potential in those couple of games and should concentrate on building partnerships. While, their bowling pack have been decent in the two outings and the good news is that Trent Boult is in form and Jimmy Neesham has also had a stellar year so far and his variations might be key in this match. How Kane Williamson manages his batting while handling the captaincy pressure will be interesting to see. Devon Conway is the one to watch out for with the bat. Will the Kiwis make a statement in the UAE conditions? Or will the familiar Pakistan side continue on their merry way? We shall find out soon, as the toss is not far away.
Pakistan side surely has the winning momentum with them coming into this game. They have broken their jinx against India in the World Cup format and it couldn't have been any better. The last game started off with some brutal pace bowling by Shaheen Afridi, who torn apart the opening pair and the rest of the bowlers chipped in as well. Then the pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan stole the show with the bat for the side. Both players knocked half-centuries and made sure to get those crucial point alongside their name in the points table. Pakistan can be called as the Dark Horses of this edition of T20 World Cup. They will hope to take the winning momentum forward.
Hello and a warm welcome to game number 19 of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, 2021. In this game, Pakistan will be locking horns against New Zealand. Pakistan are coming into this game after a mighty victory against their neighbours India, whereas New Zealand will be kick-starting their campaign against a tough looking Pakistan side.
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