New Zealand tour Of Pakistan 2022-23 - 2nd ODI | PAK vs NZ
New Zealand won by 79 runs 🏆
PAK - 2nd Innings
NZ - 1st Innings
That's it from our coverage of the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand from Karachi. Ninaad Dixit here signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Ayan Chatterjee and scorer Yogesh Kumar. Stay tuned for more coverage from around the world.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand Captain): "I guess you never really know 100%. Just looking at some characteristics in the first game that was sort of an option and obviously someone like Ish Sodhi coming in for today's game. Regardless of the conditions he's been bowling really really well so gave him the opportunity today. It was a good team performance obviously some challenges out there. Nice to get across the line tonight.
We felt we had a good partnership if 300 maybe was sort of what we had in our mind. It was tough when we lost a few wickets but some handy contributions in the late order got us to a challenging total and credit to the bowlers in the second innings as well.
We were hoping for few more. Ish was remarkable and the two seamers at the top were brilliant. Its kinda some assistance for the bowlers in both innings with some reverse swing. Couple of tough games and looking forward to the next one."
Babar Azam (Pakistan Captain): "I think the start wasn't great, but we came back well with the ball. We started well and with the old ball struggled a lot. Credit to New Zealand for the way they played. Definitely, we played well. Rizwan and I had a great partnership. Salman came and upped the ante, but it was a tough track to bat.
Definitely, it was different. The sharp grip was happening. In the first match there was a slow turn and today it was quick. So, we will see how it goes in the last match. How the pitch behaves and what we do at the toss."
Devon Conway: "We certainly were targeting 300. Especially in the position we were in, that partnership that Kane and I put on was crucial for the team losing Finn Allen quite early put us under a bit pressure but luckily Kane and I sort of just sticked and sort of steadied the ship. I will give a lot of credit to Kane. There were times throughout my innings when I felt under pressure, I felt I was playing a loose shot and he kept on saying to me to just hang in there and keep being extremely patient.
When you're playing spin, it is crucial you have to be brave. Looking at our spinners tonight, they bowled in very good areas put batters under pressure and asked really good questions."
Devon Conway is the player of the match.
Time for the Post-Match Presentation ceremony.
Mitchell Santner: "Yes, I think with the ball we were tighter. We got wickets with the powerplay. It spun a lot out there which surprised us a lot. Maybe due to coolness, it spun a lot and we took advantage of it. We were looking to get 300+ and lost our way to Nawaz. Our plan was to create pressure and follow the process to get the desired result. The plan was to get to 280+, but we lost our way and then it was a scrap to get to 250-260. We got there and the new ball bowlers got us the early wickets and here we are happy with the win."
10:34 PM IST: Wonderful comeback from Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi and New Zealand as they defend 261 to win by 79 runs and level the series by 1-1. Quick recap to the game, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first to everyone's surprise and brought back Ish Sodhi in place of Henry Shipley.
After losing Finn Allen early, Devon Conway, who was dismissed for a golden duck in the first ODI turned up the heat with skipper Kane Williamson and added 181 runs for the 2nd wicket. Conway scored a brilliant 101 in 92 deliveries and the captain fell short by the three figure mark by 15 runs.
The rest of the batting order failed miserably as just Mitchell Santner managed to score into double figures along with 12 extra runs. Mohammad Nawaz turned the game on its head with 4 wickets in the middle overs also accounting for the captain Kane Williamson. Naseem Shah continued his good run of form and finished with 3/58. Usama Mir and Haris Rauf got one wicket each.
The chase didn't begin well for Pakistan as they lost 2 quick wickets to the opening bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee with Ferguson turning up the heat bowling multiple deliveries over 150kph. Ish Sodhi finished as the pick of the bowlers with 2/38 with Southee taking 2 as well. All the other bowlers chipped in with a wicket apiece and there was a classic Pakistan mixup in the middle as well accounting to the run out of Mohammad Wasim.
The required run rate was never in control during the chase and there was no solid intent from the skipper Babar Azam who scored 79 off 114 deliveries knocking the ball in the leg side for singles and doubles. He added 55 runs with Mohammad Rizwan for the third wicket and provided some momentum to the side but the team couldn't carry it forward once Rizwan fell prey to Mitchell Santner who bowled beautifully on this surface using the drift and turn to his account.
c M Bracewell b I Sodhi
42.6 I Sodhi to H Rauf
W High in the air and taken at long off!! Michael Bracewell with the catch. Sodhi strikes again!! Length delivery on the off stump, Rauf is dancing down the track but fails to get to the pitch of the ball. The ball is very high down the ground. Bracewell runs backwards and takes a good catch. New Zealand get home by 79 runs.
42.5 I Sodhi to H Rauf
0 Length ball around the off stump, defended in the off side.
42.4 I Sodhi to H Rauf
0 Tossed up delivery on the off stump, defended with a straight bat.
New batsman on crease
st T Latham b I Sodhi
There is an appeal for Stumping sent upstairs. Fair delivery. This is an umpire's referral. They will go through the protocols. There is no bat involved. Side replays are in and is the foot in the air here? This is closer than we thought. They are checking the Stump Camera. This is a big moment in the game. The foot is in the air when the bails are dislodged and the decision is OUT. Huge moment in the game. This is the game for New Zealand now.
42.3 I Sodhi to B Azam
W Appeal for stumping is sent upstairs. Babar premeditates a reverse sweep. Sodhi flights the ball a bit more pitching on length outside the off stump. Babar goes for the reverse sweep and misses. Loses his shape as he lifts his backfoot for a fraction of a second. Latham whips the bails. No bat involved. Tough decision for the TV umpire with regards to the stumping. TV umpire gives it out!! Big moment in the game as skipper Babar Azam departs! Pakistan lose their skipper!
42.2 I Sodhi to B Azam
2 Full and flighted outside the off stump. Driven in the cover region. Devon Conway is at deep extra, runs to his left and slides to save a couple of runs. Uses his knee to stop the ball.