Pakistan has once again managed to defend a total here. How good are they at doing this? New Zealand got off to a terrific start in the Powerplay, courtesy Munro. He was hitting the new ball really well and the visitors were 50 for 1 after the first 6. However, they failed to capitalize on the start they got and then began to lose their way.
Once the spinners were brought on, the runs started to dry up. The older ball was tough to score on and the run rate needed to be kept on creeping up. Munro then decided to cut loose. He hit a few boundaries and got to his fifty but then perished. That wicket began the downfall of the Kiwis as they then lost two quick wickets of Colin and Williamson.
Taylor and Anderson then built a partnership but not at the rate they would have wanted. They may be planned to take it deep but when the time to go big arrived, the southpaw held out. Taylor then had a lot to do and with minimum support from the other end, he failed to take the away side over the line.
The Pakistan bowlers were once again at their best. Their record of never losing a game after setting a target of above 130 continues. Yes, they did take a pounding in the first six but came back strongly after that. Hasan Ali was the star for them as he picked up 3. Shadab once again impressed as he was economical and got the big wicket of Munro. He was supported well by all the spinners. Shaheen Afridi, the youngster, also showed nerves of steel and ensured the home side take a 1-0 lead.
Man of the Match, Mohammad Hafeez, says he is happy with his contribution in the win. Admits he does have problems with his modified action but he keeps working on it. Mentions he tries to play according to the situation. Ends by saying are happy with how the team is playing.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says there are a lot of positives to take out of this game. Mentions he knows how clinical Pakistan is here. Credits the way they played. He reckons the wicket got slower as the game progressed. Adds further, they could not capitalize despite getting off to a good start. Ends by saying the fielding effort was exceptional and that is very important in a T20I game.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed credits the way their bowlers bowled. Mentions 150 was the score they wanted on board. States he wanted Asif Ali to spend more time in the middle and hence he was promoted. He feels good about himself scoring runs tonight. Reckons they played well in the middle overs and appreciates the way Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled. Ends by saying, there was dew tonight and it may play a part in the games further.