Match Over - New Zealand won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • Referee: RB Richardson
  • When: 16 Jan 2018, 03:00 SAST
  • Winner: New Zealand
  • Man of the Match: C de Grandhomme


  • Umpire1: RK Illingworth
  • Umpire2: WR Knights
  • Third Umpire: RSA Palliyaguruge



Overs: 45.5 / 50.0

New Zealand



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0


Eleven successive wins across formats for New Zealand. That's a new national record. Given the way the juggernaut has marched, will we see a 5-0 sweep? Or can Pakistan come hard for one final time and end up on the right side of the result? We will find out in due course. For now, this is all we have. Thanks for joining us. We hope you'll all be back for the final ODI on Friday. Goodbye from Alagappan and myself.

Ahmed Hayat: "Other than the abysmal performance by the batsman this series, what Pakistan has truly lacked are real fast bowlers than bowl upwards of 145KP, along with the selection of test batsman over the likes of haris sohail and a genuine all-rounder. Going forward Sarfaraz should ponder over his batting position and try open the batting or atleast come 1 down instead of facing the pressure when 5 wickets are down."

9.05pm Might is right. Colin de Grandhomme swears by that notion. That was some of the most brutal hitting you'll ever see. He walked in with the chips down and Pakistan scenting a victory. He's walking off having ensured his team has cantered to a five-wicket win. Don't forget Henry Nicholls' contribution. He was overshadowed by de Grandhomme's dominance, but he's played a match-winning knock as well. He struggled for fluency for large parts. When de Grandhomme walked in, another wicket at that stage could have truly put Pakistan on top. But Nicholls never gave up and ground it out. By the end of it all, he had made up for enough ground to notch up a half-century of his own. Disappointment again for Pakistan, but they have some positives they can take from this defeat. Not least a high-class display of legspin bowling from Shadab Khan. Their batsmen showed much better game awareness at least for the early parts of their innings and did not let Tim Southee's early strikes stagnate the scoreboard. But at the end of it all, they were probably a good 30-40 runs short.

"I felt like I'd been hitting well in the nets," de Grandhomme says. "Crucial for Henry to be there till the end. Everything seemed to be coming off the middle."

"Pakistan played very well. They soaked up some pressure with the bat early on and posted a comfortable score," says Kane Williamson. "We did not put up the smartest of batting performances until Colin came out. To see him play like that was special. We didn't think the surface took as much turn as we thought it would. A lot of credit goes to the top of the order as well. They got us off to a good start in the chase. And then Colin just came in and finished it off. We were under pressure for large parts of the batting innings, so feels nice to get across the line."

"Very disappointing but a few positives," says Sarfraz. "Fakhar batted well. But we're not finishing well. The way we finished (with the bat), we had lost of confidence, but de Grandhomme played like a great batsman. It was a great innings."

Sarah: "I'm telling myself I wont watch the last match but catch me sleep deprived and cursing on that day too. Cricket is truly like a drug"

zafarjaveds: "CDG played this innings in Highlights mode."

45.5Hasan Ali to HM Nicholls, 1 run, short ball, pulled comfortably to deep midwicket for the winning run.
45.4Hasan Ali to HM Nicholls, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, beautiful placement. And that's Nicholls' fifty What a vital knock from him. Sees width and plays late to punch through backward of point.
45.3Hasan Ali to C de Grandhomme, 1 run, a more controlled pull shot down to deep fine leg.
45.2Hasan Ali to C de Grandhomme, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short ball, sitting up nicely around off. Hammers a pull to the left of the square leg umpire. If you're a fielder in the deep, don't bother moving, however close to you the ball is. This is brutal hitting.
45.1Hasan Ali to C de Grandhomme, No run, short of a length, defended from the crease.
End of over 45. 15 runs this over. 253/5 after 270 balls.
HM Nicholls 47 (68b 2x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 9-0-59-1
C de Grandhomme 69 (37b 6x4 5x6 ) more

PRC: "Pak's CT triumph looks increasingly more like a flash in the pan"

End of over 44. 4 runs this over. 237/5 after 263 balls.
HM Nicholls 45 (67b 2x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 8-0-49-0
C de Grandhomme 55 (31b 3x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 43. 6 runs this over. 233/5 after 258 balls.
C de Grandhomme 54 (29b 3x4 5x6 ) Rumman Raees 8-0-44-1
HM Nicholls 43 (64b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 42. 8 runs this over. 227/5 after 252 balls.
HM Nicholls 41 (62b 2x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 10-0-42-3
C de Grandhomme 50 (25b 3x4 5x6 ) more
End of over 41. 13 runs this over. 219/5 after 246 balls.
C de Grandhomme 49 (23b 3x4 5x6 ) Rumman Raees 7-0-38-1
HM Nicholls 34 (58b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 40. 9 runs this over. 206/5 after 240 balls.
C de Grandhomme 41 (19b 3x4 4x6 ) Shadab Khan 9-0-34-3
HM Nicholls 29 (56b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 39. 13 runs this over. 197/5 after 234 balls.
C de Grandhomme 37 (14b 2x4 4x6 ) Mohammad Amir 6-1-36-0
HM Nicholls 28 (55b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 8 runs this over. 184/5 after 228 balls.
C de Grandhomme 26 (10b 1x4 3x6 ) Shadab Khan 8-0-29-3
HM Nicholls 26 (53b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 14 runs this over. 176/5 after 222 balls.
HM Nicholls 25 (49b 0x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 6-0-29-1
C de Grandhomme 19 (8b 1x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 36. 6 runs this over. 160/5 after 215 balls.
C de Grandhomme 4 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 7-0-43-0
HM Nicholls 24 (46b 0x4 0x6 ) more

New Zealand need 101 off 14 overs and into the hot seat comes Akshay

End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 154/5 after 210 balls.
KS Williamson 32 (54b 1x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 5-0-15-1
HM Nicholls 23 (45b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pakistan's bowlers are ahead in yet another low-scoring chase. New Zealand need 109 in 15 overs and their best batsman is gone. Wiliamson was whispering "come on, come on, come on, come on, come on..." as the ball sailed towards long-on. And then he slumps over his bat in utter disappointment. Anyway, here is Colin de Grandhomme.

hadi: "Oh man, Pakistan utterly deserved every milisecond of that wicket. Haris Sohail deserves a lot of credit apart from the stunningly calm catch by Rumman"

End of over 34. 3 runs this over. 151/4 after 203 balls.
HM Nicholls 22 (44b 0x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 6-0-36-0
KS Williamson 30 (48b 1x4 0x6 ) more

New Zealand need 111 off 16 overs

With the lights in effect, and the quicks operating, the ball is coming nicely onto the bat

Azik: "That should be the last over for Harris to cover Faheem's overs. Sarfraz should bring main bowlers from now on. One bad over can bring Pak down." --- But Sohail isn't doing too badly

End of over 33. 2 runs this over. 148/4 after 198 balls.
HM Nicholls 21 (40b 0x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 4-0-13-0
KS Williamson 29 (47b 1x4 0x6 ) more

New Zealand need 115 off 17 overs

End of over 32. 4 runs this over. 146/4 after 192 balls.
HM Nicholls 20 (37b 0x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 5-0-33-0
KS Williamson 28 (44b 1x4 0x6 ) more

New Zealand need 117 off 18 overs

End of over 31. 4 runs this over. 142/4 after 186 balls.
KS Williamson 26 (40b 1x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 3-0-11-0
HM Nicholls 18 (35b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Jacques Nixon: "Hamilton has become spin- friendly these days. Last summer we saw this same thing against South Africa. That match was a thriller."

End of over 30. 7 runs this over. 138/4 after 180 balls.
KS Williamson 24 (38b 1x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 6-0-33-0
HM Nicholls 16 (31b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Uzair: "Guess Sarfaraz should have been attacking. Should have brought hasan or Amir into attack after getting those quick wickets. This is making them settle, not a good attacking move. Keeping their overs lefts is just wasting them because if they dont get wicket here, match is not getting to 50 overs complete."

Sarfraz is still fuming from that last goof up which gave away the first boundary since the 19th over

End of over 29. 2 runs this over. 131/4 after 174 balls.
KS Williamson 19 (34b 0x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 2-0-7-0
HM Nicholls 14 (29b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 28. 4 runs this over. 129/4 after 168 balls.
KS Williamson 18 (31b 0x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 5-0-26-0
HM Nicholls 13 (26b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Taco: "Last boundary was at 18.1 overs... almost 60 deliveries ago!"

End of over 27. 5 runs this over. 125/4 after 162 balls.
KS Williamson 16 (29b 0x4 0x6 ) Haris Sohail 1-0-5-0
HM Nicholls 11 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) more

The softer, older ball, on this pitch is best used by a spinner. But Pakistan better make sure their part-timers are on the money. Sohail, for his part, has delivered a fine first over. New Zealand still need 138 off 23 overs

End of over 26. 3 runs this over. 120/4 after 156 balls.
HM Nicholls 9 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 7-0-21-3
KS Williamson 13 (26b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 2 runs this over. 117/4 after 150 balls.
KS Williamson 12 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 4-0-22-0
HM Nicholls 7 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Azik: "RRR is under 6, So these singles are enough to win the match. Hope, Kane will cling 5K Odi runs today." ---- Sixty-five away, and if he does get it in this innings, he'll be the second-fastest ever, equallying Viv Richards

Shamaiel: "Last 10 overs 24 runs and 4 wickets what a come back by Pakistan "

End of over 24. 5 runs this over. 115/4 after 144 balls.
KS Williamson 11 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 6-0-18-3
HM Nicholls 6 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Sid: "sarfaraz called the review for LBW, right? then why was it reviewed for caught behind?" --- Considering they checked for caught behind first, I think it was for a catch

End of over 23. 1 runs this over. 110/4 after 138 balls.
HM Nicholls 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 3-0-20-0
KS Williamson 8 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Junaid Anwer - : "@Fraser Rew: Daniel Vettori? Seriously? You had me checking the lineups again! Man it would have been awesome to have him, and Pak's 90s team as well. Good times."

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 109/4 after 132 balls.
HM Nicholls 4 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 5-0-13-3
KS Williamson 7 (16b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 21. 3 runs this over. 104/4 after 126 balls.
KS Williamson 5 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 6-0-25-1
HM Nicholls 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

saad: "Its time to bring back hasan ali to get a couple."

Mike: "Since KW came to the crease at the end of the 14th over he has faced 7 balls and seen three wickets go down."

End of over 20. 2 runs this over. 101/4 after 120 balls.
KS Williamson 2 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 4-0-8-3
HM Nicholls 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

In comes Henry Nicholls with New Zealand so far under the pump it isn't even visible

End of over 19. 5 runs this over. 99/3 after 114 balls.
TWM Latham 8 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 5-0-22-1
KS Williamson 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Jigar Shah: "KW and Latham are arguably the best spin bowling pair in the current NZ set up and has a right technique to negotiate the spin bowling. So it is safe to say the match is dependent on this pair. If pak gets wicket now, they will have a clear opening and if NZ manage next 10-12 overs without wicket, they are through"

End of over 18. 3 runs this over. 94/3 after 108 balls.
TWM Latham 3 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 3-0-6-2
KS Williamson 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 1 runs this over. 91/3 after 102 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 4-0-17-1
TWM Latham 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pakistan have bounced back after a shoddy start by their pacers. Stay tuned, folks. This is shaping up to be an exciting contest. Alagappan's all excited to be jumping back in becuase his hero is at the crease. He will take you through the next hour or so.

End of over 16. 1 runs this over. 90/2 after 96 balls.
KS Williamson 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) Shadab Khan 2-0-3-2
LRPL Taylor 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 1 runs this over. 89/1 after 90 balls.
MJ Guptill 31 (48b 3x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 3-0-16-0
KS Williamson 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 2 runs this over. 88/1 after 84 balls.
C Munro 56 (42b 8x4 2x6 ) Shadab Khan 1-0-2-1
MJ Guptill 30 (42b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 86/0 after 78 balls.
C Munro 55 (37b 8x4 2x6 ) Rumman Raees 2-0-15-0
MJ Guptill 29 (41b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 12 runs this over. 79/0 after 72 balls.
C Munro 49 (32b 7x4 2x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 2-0-19-0
MJ Guptill 28 (40b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 8 runs this over. 67/0 after 66 balls.
MJ Guptill 23 (36b 2x4 0x6 ) Rumman Raees 1-0-8-0
C Munro 42 (30b 7x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 10. 7 runs this over. 59/0 after 60 balls.
MJ Guptill 21 (34b 2x4 0x6 ) Faheem Ashraf 1-0-7-0
C Munro 36 (26b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 10 runs this over. 51/0 after 53 balls.
C Munro 34 (24b 6x4 1x6 ) Mohammad Amir 5-1-22-0
MJ Guptill 15 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 10 runs this over. 41/0 after 48 balls.
C Munro 27 (21b 6x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 4-0-29-0
MJ Guptill 13 (27b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 6 runs this over. 31/0 after 41 balls.
MJ Guptill 12 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 4-1-12-0
C Munro 18 (16b 4x4 0x6 ) more

From the PCB: While trying to take a run Shaoib Malik was hit on the head with a wayward throw. Shoaib was assessed by the match doctor and myself. He did not have any symptoms of a concussion and was able to carry on playing. After getting out, he was reassessed and was showing delayed concussion signs. He is doing well and is resting," says Pakistan team physiotherapist VB Singh. As advised by the match doctor and Pakistan team physiotherapist, he will not be taking any further part in the match.

End of over 6. 4 runs this over. 25/0 after 36 balls.
MJ Guptill 12 (24b 1x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 3-0-19-0
C Munro 13 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Now he needs a change in bat after that shot

End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 21/0 after 30 balls.
MJ Guptill 8 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 3-1-6-0
C Munro 13 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 4 runs this over. 18/0 after 24 balls.
C Munro 13 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 2-0-15-0
MJ Guptill 5 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3.  A maiden over! 14/0 after 18 balls.
MJ Guptill 5 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 2-1-3-0
C Munro 9 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 11 runs this over. 14/0 after 12 balls.
C Munro 9 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) Hasan Ali 1-0-11-0
MJ Guptill 5 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 3 runs this over. 3/0 after 6 balls.
MJ Guptill 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) Mohammad Amir 1-0-3-0
C Munro 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
MJ GuptillC Hasan Ali B Shadab Khan3164493063.27
C MunroC Mohammad Hafeez B Shadab Khan56584282133.33
KS WilliamsonC Rumman Raees B Haris Sohail3284541059.26
LRPL TaylorLBW Rumman Raees1540025
TWM LathamC Babar Azam B Shadab Khan814161050
HM Nichollsnot out 52103703074.29
C de Grandhommenot out 74454075185
MJ Santner -
TG Southee -
LH Ferguson -
TA Boult -
Total 263/5
Mohammad Amir6.013606
Hasan Ali8.506006.79
Faheem Ashraf6.003305.5
Rumman Raees9.005916.56
Shadab Khan10.004234.2
Haris Sohail6.002914.83