Ajaz Patel to Shan Masood, Better than Masood. Uses the depth of his crease and punches it through covers for three runs.
Ajaz Patel to Abdullah Shafique, out, STUMPED! Early success for the Kiwis. This is beautiful bowling from Ajaz Patel. He immediately got into the rhythm. A couple of great deliveries beat the bat of Abdullah Shafique and Ajaz smartly drags his length a bit back on the third delivery and keeps it just around off. Shafique tries to use his feet to smother the spin but fails to reach the pitch of the ball. He tries to defend but again the ball spins past his blade and Tom Blundell wastes
Tim Southee to Imam-ul-Haq, Full and around off, shaping away, Imam covers his stumps and allows it through.Â
Neil Wagner to Imam-ul-Haq, Edgy! Around off on a length, straightening a hint, Imam defends it from the outer portion of his bat to gully. It’s a late call for no ball as Neil has overstepped.
Tim Southee to Abdullah Shafique, Beauty from Southee. Hurls a length delivery around off and gets it to shape away a bit at the last moment. Abdullah ShafiqueÂ is beaten all ends up while trying to defend the line of the delivery.
We are all set for the game to begin. Both teams line up in the middle for their respective national anthems. First, it is the national anthem of New Zealand, followed by the national anthem of Pakistan.
New Zealand (Playing XI) – Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (WK), Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (C), Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel.
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (C), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Agha Salman, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Mir Hamza, Abrar Ahmed.Â
TOSS – Pakistan have won the toss and will BAT first.