Match Over - New Zealand won by 8 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 09 Jan 2018, 00:00 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: MJ Guptill


  • Umpire1: RK Illingworth
  • Umpire2: CM Brown
  • Third Umpire: RSA Palliyaguruge



Overs: 23.5 / 25.0

New Zealand



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


7:34pm That's all from our coverage. We hope you had a good time, particularly during the most engaging rain break we've had on our site for a long time. Here's hoping we have an uninterrupted game the next time. On behalf of Nikhil and Raghav, I take your leave.

Martin Guptill: We got off to a good start. Of course, losing Colin wasn't ideal. I spent most of my time during the break on the physio bed. Ross [Taylor] is quite a claming influnce. It was nice to have him there and see it through to the end.

Kane Williamson: Yeah it was a brilliant perfoemance. I think for the first half we were brilliant with the ball and then Pakistan showed resistance. It worked in our favour to have Guptill out there. Martin playing with that freedom was great to watch.

Sarfraz Ahmed: Very disappointing performance. Our batting didn't do well and we needed lower order to perform. It was very disapponting. [I know] the rain isn't in our hands, but when it came down the momentum was in our favour. We lost too many wickets in the first ten overs. Inshallah, we'll bounce back.

Martin Guptill is the Man of the Match.

7:17pm A lot of complex math later, New Zealand have won this. Pakistan's play was long term, and they expected their spinners to come in and strange New Zealand. Might have worked for them too after having them 64 for 2 in 14 overs. However, the rain changed that equation. To some extent, their own middle order batting changed that equation too. New Zealand could have easily been chasing 151 in 50 overs if Pakistan's lower order didn't come in and rescue them. A stunning assault from Hasan Ali, with his 30-ball fifty, and a calm innings from Shadab Khan who was forced to take more responsibility than he should be taking at No. 7. Pakistan crawled their way back in, but suddenly found everything about the game suited one man - Martin Guptill.

23.5Rumman Raees to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, short ball at middle stump, pulled out to deep square and that's the win.
23.4Rumman Raees to MJ Guptill, 1 run, yorker on leg stump, clipped to fine leg.
23.3Rumman Raees to LRPL Taylor, 1 run, yorker on off stump, squeezed into the off side.
23.2Rumman Raees to LRPL Taylor, No run, short and wide outside off, looks to cut and can't make connection. This was a slower ball and it gripped to climb over the bat.
23.1Rumman Raees to LRPL Taylor, No run, back of a length and angled across off, dabbed straight to point.
End of over 23. 3 runs this over. 148/2 after 138 balls.
LRPL Taylor 43 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 4-0-29-0
MJ Guptill 85 (70b 5x4 5x6 ) more

That's hundred now between these two

If anyone's still keeping track, getting eight wickets is the only way Pakistan can win. New Zealand have beaten par even for nine wickets down.

End of over 22. 11 runs this over. 145/2 after 132 balls.
MJ Guptill 84 (68b 5x4 5x6 ) Hasan Ali 5-0-37-0
LRPL Taylor 41 (35b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Wasim Qadir: "Yes, they are ahead but couple of wickets (which don't seem to be coming) can still change the scenario.."

End of over 21. 10 runs this over. 134/2 after 126 balls.
MJ Guptill 76 (64b 5x4 4x6 ) Shadab Khan 3-0-26-0
LRPL Taylor 38 (33b 4x4 0x6 ) more

At the end of the 21st over, New Zealand are 20 ahead of the par score should we lose this match to rain.

End of over 20. 8 runs this over. 124/2 after 120 balls.
LRPL Taylor 36 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 4-0-26-0
MJ Guptill 68 (60b 5x4 3x6 ) more

To reiterate: New Zealand needed to be 106 for 2 at the end of 20 overs to win.

Rohit Chhabra: "Please explain this to me. If the rain is to return now, will the 20 over DLS par score be different to the one from earlier (95/3 etc) because now they have been given a revised target & thus the resources available are different from before? " --- For two wickets down, New Zealand's 20-over par score was 105

End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 116/2 after 114 balls.
LRPL Taylor 33 (28b 4x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 5-0-30-1
MJ Guptill 63 (57b 4x4 3x6 ) more
End of over 18. 13 runs this over. 108/2 after 107 balls.
LRPL Taylor 29 (24b 4x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 4-0-33-0
MJ Guptill 59 (54b 4x4 3x6 ) more

That's fifty between these two.

End of over 17. 12 runs this over. 95/2 after 102 balls.
MJ Guptill 58 (53b 4x4 3x6 ) Shadab Khan 2-0-16-0
LRPL Taylor 18 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 16. 15 runs this over. 83/2 after 96 balls.
MJ Guptill 46 (47b 3x4 2x6 ) Hasan Ali 3-0-18-0
LRPL Taylor 18 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 4 runs this over. 68/2 after 90 balls.
MJ Guptill 32 (42b 3x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 1-0-4-0
LRPL Taylor 17 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Alex Chapman: "What exactly is the process that goes into calculating the revised targets? What gets taken into account?" --- It focuses on resources available. The two resources being overs and wickets. So New Zealand having eight wickets in hand over 11 overs is the basis of their new required rate.

It's sunny now in Nelson

End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 64/2 after 84 balls.
MJ Guptill 31 (40b 3x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 4-0-23-1
LRPL Taylor 14 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more

6:39pm Five bowlers can bowl a maximum of five overs. Mohammad Amir will not bowl any more. Pakistan are starting with Shadab.

6:36pmSo that is the official word. We will have play in about four minutes time. New Zealand need 87 in 11 overs with eight wickets in hand. The previous cut-offs for 20-overs will change when Pakistan bowl. So the par score of 78 for 2 and 94 for 3,etc. that we had mentioned for a 50-over chase no longer apply.

6:30pm We will have a start at 6:40pm. Revised target incoming...we hear it's a 25-over match and New Zealand need 151 to win.

6:24pm The covers are coming off. Play needs to start by 7pm.

6:10pm We're now hearing that if there is no more rain, we could have a start in 20 minutes...

5:58pm New Zealand Cricket are tweeting that the rain has thinned down to a drizzle. The umpires will inspect. Play will have to begin within the next hour. And we'd need to get in 6 overs for a result.

5:38pm We have no official updates. It has been 55 minutes since the last one, which said that the heavy covers were on. Over 75 minutes since the last ball. Doesn't look good...

Ahmad P: "To sum it all up..DL method is a pretty good one, most teams agree on it and most times it produces an agreeable conclusion. Maybe thats why it is still in use."

Stu: "Keep DLS how it is, it's like democracy, not perfect but it's the best we've got... It may require tweaking every now and then but currently it's doing a good enough job."

Tasvid Khan: "Nathan's suggestion really is brilliant. But then, there are complications with any method, For example, what if the team batting first is 8-9 down for a very low score by the end of the first innings. Does the second team bat the full 50 overs, does it get the choice to declare, or is there a 30 minute extension granted to avoid the second session. Smaller details. Having said that, i really do hope some ICC bigwig is reading this. Some gems in the comments here. Who knew that a rain delay could be the most revolutionary time in cricketing history?!"

Pete: "The DLS should also be extended to ground entry fees. Every spectator should get 60 cents back for every over cancelled."

Kev: "If I could add to the 25-50-25 suggestion that the visiting team gets to pick whether or not they bat first?"

Mohammad Adnan: "so many changes have been done to the game itself...powerplays...fielding runner allowed etc etc etc...yet nothing has been done to fix DLS to match these changes...that's why i think DLS needs to be readjusted as well"

JB: "The only problem with 25-50-25 I see is that all the teams that win the toss will prefer to bat 50. The toss will become too crucial. The split innings affects momentum of one team only. Not fair." --- That could be fixed by allowing a supersub system for whichever team bats first.

andrew brighton: "DLS is often criticised for being overly complicated and difficult to understand. It seems to make common sense decisions though. The last game NZ were well ahead and dominated the game throughout and NZ won. This game I would rather be in NZ position but its close and Pakistan have every chance to win, no result seems fair if there is no more play. "

rVishwa A: "In these days' of machine learning and AI, should't we let DLS evolve itself into being more intelligent?" --- Yes.

ickyg: "Why do we need to have a certain number of minimum overs under DLS before we have a 'game'? Why not just say that at any particular number of overs, whether its 5 or 35, if the team that is batting is ahead of the DLS score they win and if they aren't then the bowling team wins." --- Imagine having made 400, then come out and bowled an over to Munro and Guptill where they've hit you for 28 before rain stops play.

Tasvid Khan: "Imran's suggestion seems the most enjoyable. On a morbid yet somehow cheerful thought, it could also provide material for the sequel to Jarrod Kimber's 'Death of a Gentleman'. Literally. Particularly during a Pak-Ind/Ashes- like encounter. On a serious note, no method could really be perfect. That's the beauty of the game we love. The unpredictability. Maybe, however impossible it sounds, Bangladesh would have picked up more wickets had the match continued. And then, 'no result' seems fair!"

Nathan: "@Dan: I like your theory, but I'd make one change to it. Instead of having 4 innings of 25 overs each, I'd go 25-50-25. So the team batting first has both the task of setting a target to be overhauled and the advantage of chasing a target, while the team batting in the middle has the reverse challenge of chasing down then setting targets. " ---


5:13pm If you've joined us in the middle of our reform talks (the people's revolution in cricket starts here), the situation is that we've had rain for nearly an hour after Pakistan removed Munro and Williamson in the first hour. The last update we had was that the heavy covers were out in Nelson.

Different tim: "Or, just bear with me here guys and gals, or we just accept that not enough overs have been bowled and the game has to be abandoned with no result. It sucks, but that's better than forcing a result where there is too much doubt to do so. Benefit of the doubt goes to BOTH teams, so no result should be called. "

Ebrahim: "I wanted 4 quicks on a mission, bowling with aggression, in the second innings. Not this!"

Vishwa A: "New Zealand must be thinking -- if they had wiped out Pakistani tail earlier and had given themselves extra 6 overs to bat, they would have won this match via DLS by now!"

Sam: "Tim I think this would generally work, as long as there's not a Mitchell Starc looming ready to take 7 wickets... However in saying that we still won that game so maybe it's fool proof!"

Tim: "Actually, here's an idea - if rain interrupts a match, the result can be declared under the DLS if any of these three conditions are true: - 20 overs completed in 2nd innings. - team batting second has scored more than half of the un-adjusted target. - team bowling second has taken 5 or more wickets. If you're more than halfway through the second innings (whether in terms of runs or wickets), the result is probably clear enough to declare it, regardless of the number of overs. "

Rakiura: "@Dan I like your suggestion in essence, although I do wonder how often it would kill momentum, how were Pakistan doing today after 25 overs? being out in the middle and having to fight through their precarious situation arguably saved their innings. Standing in the field for 25 overs pondering their situation, and having to reestablish themselves at the crease would've killed any momentum they might have salvaged by the half way mark."

Imran: "Forget about DLS and every thing else ... if there is rain for 30 minutes... there should be a wrestling match between captains of both team in THE RAIN... and who wins the wrestling match .. we know the rest" --- And if it's a draw there, the players could all debate the DLS method.

Sameer Malik: "Some teams have good death bowling, some are good in middle overs. I dont think so this method in artical is worth applicable."

ProudKiwi: "Not sure that would work Tasvid, due to the impact of losing wickets - here, NZ has to get to 78/2 or 95/3 by 20 overs. What if we come back on, and get to 85/2 after 18 overs, then go off - does NZ win because we only have to survive one more over, or do you back Pakistan to get a wicket and concede less than 10 runs? Tricky."

Tim: "The only way I can think of to do what Tasvid Khan suggests is if the bowling team could be declared the winners if the team batting second couldn't complete 20 overs, but was well behind the DLS par score (say 50+ runs, for argument's sake). Not sure how many people would get behind that though."

Firoz: "@Dan How about we scrap the ODI format for good and just play a three game T20 series in one day?" --- Booooooooooooooooo

Dan: "I think the best way to avoid these situations is to divide ODI innings into two halves. So the first side goes out, bats 25 overs. Then the second side bats 25, then they both complete their innings. The only real downside I see is that it would add two innings breaks ie 20 mins. On the plus side, all of the matches in which the first side currently complete their innings would automatically yield a result. And I think it would add something to the tactical play."

Divy: "@Varun don't you think that this interpretation of DLS by it's creators nonetheless is pretty unfair to the bowling side? The match stops now and had New Zealand been 60/2, would the game then be awarded to Pakistan? No, they'd still be forced to bowl 20 overs for a result. So, in my opinion the way thing stands are correct." --- Yeah in general that suggestion would be easier on the chasing side.

Willy McKee: "Just for the record its a beautiful day in Dunedin!" ---- Thanks, Will.

Tasvid Khan: "The article was a fantasic read. Thank you for sharing, The DLS system has, on occasion, seemed to be slightly irrational yet it's possibly the best method devised. And so, it's good to see the originators considering addressing the loopholes. The article, in simple words, would mean that if the par score at 20 overs is already reached before interruption, it should be declared as a win for the batting team. However, i can't seem to figure how a particularly dominant bowling performance could be rewarded in the same way, considering the premature interruption. Any suggestions, guys?"

4:43pm "Unfortunately, the heavy covers have come out as the rain gets harder.

Not looking too good at the moment." --- New Zealand Cricket

Matt: "As a Kiwi, looking at our rain radar, this game will not resume, unless they can play into the night. Rain from the west, looking ugly and moving slowly"

James: "At least we aren't at McLean Park, with the volume of rain already the game would have been called off!"

Taha Saleem: "Matches in Australia and Newzealand are the toughest for spectators in Pakistan. The timings are awful, mostly they are hit by rain, and if everything is going fine, your team is still loses. "

nick: "Am I right in thinking the DLS would have NZ winning by one run if it were used right now?" --- Yep, that's what my calculations tell me. But of course, the rule is that if there is no further play, this match will be no result because 20 overs have not been completed.

Uzair: "Sam: This is a close game so far to make a decision based on 14 overs. If they were 100 for 1 or down then we could have said it NZ game. But at this point it is hard to tell. "
br>Tim: "Judging by Ben's comment, he might have forgotten that Nelson is actually slightly north of Wellington. Anyway, enough excoriation of Ben. Back to the cricket! Oh wait..."

Hamza: "Watching from 3 am in pakistan not for the rain plz. Both teams did well uptill now, lets see what role rains play and how pakistan attack kiwis after rain."

Sam: "Rain is forecast for the rest of the day and it doesn't look good. Any chance they'll get back on soon before the next lot of rain comes and finish 20 overs?" --- Hard to tell. Had you read the piece Mr. Duckworth and Mr. Lewis of the Duckworth-Lewis fame had written for us a few weeks ago? It speaks of situations like this where 20 overs aren't completed but we've come close: Why Australia ought to have qualified into the CT semis

Tony: "6 balls after Ben says there will be no weather interruption, or not at least until after 20 overs - we have a weather interruption. Ben, TVNZ called, they want you to apply for the weather forecasting position, your prediction powers are superior to their current forecaster"

4.20pm The umpires confer and decide to take the players off for rain. Don't think it will be a very long delay. At least, doesn't look too bad currently. According to the broadcasters, the 20-over DLS winning score is 78 for 2 or 95 for 3. Hearing some more rain is on the way. Stay tuned for more updates.

Getting a tad heavier

The rain is here

Buccaz: "Good test for Guptil. Sometimes he can struggle with his scoring rate in the middle overs so would be great to see him keep it ticking over and drive NZ to victory. "

End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 62/2 after 78 balls.
LRPL Taylor 13 (13b 2x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 2-0-3-0
MJ Guptill 30 (35b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 11 runs this over. 60/2 after 72 balls.
LRPL Taylor 12 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 3-0-21-1
MJ Guptill 29 (32b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Neil: "If it's starting to get overcast, New Zealand will want to get a move-on. They're currently around 8-10 runs behind the Duckworth Lewis par score" Need to be 78 for 2 and 95 for 3 after 20 overs

Have you read this extract from Sanjay Manjrekar's new book 'Imperfect': "Tendulkar will never boast openly, but he used to often wonder why other batsmen found Wasim so tough to play."

End of over 11. 1 runs this over. 49/2 after 66 balls.
MJ Guptill 28 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-1-0
LRPL Taylor 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

The physio comes out to have a look at Gupill. Some massaging of the lower back

Guptill just struggling a touch with his back. Getting a tad overcast here too.

End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 48/2 after 60 balls.
MJ Guptill 28 (28b 3x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 2-0-10-1
LRPL Taylor 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 2 runs this over. 43/1 after 54 balls.
KS Williamson 15 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 5-1-18-1
MJ Guptill 28 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 41/1 after 48 balls.
KS Williamson 14 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 1-0-5-0
MJ Guptill 27 (24b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 36/1 after 42 balls.
KS Williamson 11 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 4-1-16-1
MJ Guptill 25 (22b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 10 runs this over. 32/1 after 36 balls.
MJ Guptill 25 (22b 3x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 3-0-20-0
KS Williamson 7 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 10 runs this over. 22/1 after 30 balls.
KS Williamson 7 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 3-1-12-1
MJ Guptill 15 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 8 runs this over. 12/1 after 24 balls.
MJ Guptill 11 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 2-0-10-0
KS Williamson 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3.  A maiden over! 4/1 after 18 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 2-1-2-1
MJ Guptill 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 4/1 after 12 balls.
MJ Guptill 4 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 1-0-2-0
KS Williamson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 2 runs this over. 2/1 after 6 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 1-0-2-1
MJ Guptill 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ Guptillnot out 861047155121.13
C MunroC Faheem Ashraf B Mohammad Amir02200-
KS WilliamsonC Shadab Khan B Faheem Ashraf1940282067.86
LRPL Taylornot out 45604340104.65
TWM Latham -
HM Nicholls -
MJ Santner -
TD Astle -
TG Southee -
LH Ferguson -
TA Boult -
Total 151/2
Mohammad Amir5.011813.6
Rumman Raees4.503707.66
Faheem Ashraf5.003016
Hasan Ali5.003707.4
Shadab Khan4.002907.25