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Pakistan vs New Zealand, 4th T20I at Lahore, , Apr 25 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
4th T20I (N), Lahore, April 25, 2024, New Zealand tour of Pakistan
(20 ov, T:179) 174/8

New Zealand won by 4 runs

Player Of The Match
3/27
william-o-rourke
Cricinfo's MVP
102.88 ptsImpact List
william-o-rourke
Match centre?
Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Rvel Zahid
Scorecard summary
New Zealand ? 178/7(20 overs)
Pakistan ? 174/8(20 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
NZ102.88--03/274.43102.88
NZ77.7--02/273.0877.7
PAK64.951(2)- 0.98- 2.83/203.2667.74
PAK60.2561(45)64.160.25--0
NZ57.5951(36)54.2757.59--0
end of over 2013 runs ? 1 wicket
PAK: 174/8CRR: 8.70?
Imad Wasim22 (11b 4x4)
Mohammad Amir1 (1b)
James Neesham 2-0-21-1
Jacob Duffy 4-0-42-0

A close game that kept us on the edge of our seats. New Zealand continue to impress with a young team and are now in a position to win the series. On the other hand, Pakistan are trying different combinations and testing their bench but they got to remember that winning is a habit and they'll need wins to start their World Cup campaign with high spirits.

Neesham bowled well in the last over, bringing his experience to the fore and the young pacers rose to the occasion as well which shows New Zealand cricket is headed in the right direction.

It's time to bring down the curtain on this game. We'll look forward to your company on Saturday for the final T20I of the series. For now, it's goodbye and goodnight from Rvel Zahid

William O'Rourke, Player of the Match: We are learning together at the moment, trying to get better at every match and it's working well. I think the crowd were very loud out there, it was a very cool experience

Babar Azam, Pakistan Captain: I think we restricted them in bowling really well. We were expecting 190-200 but bowlers stuck to their plans, it was chase able, but we had a batting collapse. We lost three-four wickets in powerplay but Fakhar's innings was outstanding. We wanted to chase it with positive intent but we were unable to do so. When you lose back to back wickets, you need a few overs to catch up but that we got derailed in that period. It was a different surface; we were coming back after a long time, average score is 190 so I think we restricted them well. There were some changes due to injuries but youngsters put in a great effort. Our plan was to give proper opportunity to (test our) bench strength and see where we stand and we wanted to play different combinations. Hopefully we will have the team ready come the time of World Cup.

Michael Bracewell, New Zealand Captain: The way we have learned from game to game is hugely important. Fortunately, we are able to come on the right side today. Pakistan bowlers bowled particularly well at the death. The openers got us ahead of the game. We weren't' able to get to 200 but I think credit to Pakistan bowlers. It's a huge positive for us that we are able to expose new guys, we backed Neesham to bowl those hard overs and he was able to close out today. I think our last five overs as a bowling unit were particularly impressive.

Pete: "Great win. With lots of players injured, with the IPL, and playing county cricket this shows the great depth in NZ cricket. It is time to move on from the likes of Southee, Boult, and Williamson. They've been great servants but shouldn't be picked for the WorldT20."

Badar: "Passion, confidence, and the hunger to outperform your much stronger opposition is what sets apart the Kiwis from their timid headless hosts."

Hassan Nasir: "How many dot balls in this Pakistani innings? I would like to assert the importance of 1s and 2s here, and point out that NZ did take their opportunities in this regard in the middle game? "

GormintAunty: "No one seems to be mentioning the 11 wides..."

Jamal: "iftikhar's innings cost us the match, unbelievable display of fast bowling from NZ "

Salman: "Months of mismanagement and zero continuity has got us here. "

Mazahir: "I think Pakistan has to get back to Babar and Rizwan as an opening pair,"

19.6
1
Neesham to Imad Wasim, 1 run

Wow, Neesham gets the job done. Bowls it full on a tighter line outside off, he scythes it away to deep cover-point and Pakistan fall short of four runs, New Zealand win second match in a row. What a thriller we had which has brought tears in the eyes of some young fans in the aisles, emotions getting better of some spectators. New Zealand live up to their motto and ethos; once again they fought till the very end and edged out Pakistan in their fortress. It was a high intensity tug of war that went right till the last ball

Raj: "Fav song in Pak at the moment must be Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja

19.5
4
Neesham to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

Mows this downtown and Pakistan will need six off the last ball! Fuller on off, gets right behind the line and dumped down the ground, he's very strong down the ground, let's see who holds his nerve

19.5
1w
Neesham to Imad Wasim, 1 wide

Bowls it full and it's tailing away from the guideline on off, that'll help Pakistan

Not That Rvel: "Am I the only one missing the Impact Player role in the T20I format :P"

19.4
2
Neesham to Imad Wasim, 2 runs

Nails the yorker but he still manages to dig it out to wide long-on and is hustling through for the second, gets back on strike!

19.3
1
Neesham to Amir, 1 run

On a length just outside off with not much pace on offer, hammered away to deep point and brings Imad on strike

19.2
W
Neesham to Usama Mir, OUT

Tremendous riposte! Rams the yorker in the blockhole and he goes for a full-blooded swing towards the leg side, ball sneaks through and shatters the stumps, off his pads and onto the stumps, gotta go

Usama Mir b Neesham 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 5m) SR: 166.66
19.1
4
Neesham to Usama Mir, FOUR runs

Usama Mir joins the party! Missed the yorker and he skewed it up and over backward point for a four, it's down to 14 off 5! Magnificent shot, lots of muscle behind that

end of over 1910 runs ? 1 wicket
PAK: 161/7CRR: 8.47?? RRR: 18.00 ? Need 18 from 6b
Imad Wasim15 (8b 3x4)
Usama Mir1 (1b)
Jacob Duffy 4-0-42-0
Ben Sears 4-0-27-2
18.6
4
Duffy to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

Four away from deep third and deep backward point, just gets enough on the bat to get a boundary, gave too much width on this occasion, he put everything behind it and got lucky as well. This is going right down to the wire! Imad did it for Islamabad on a couple of occasions in PSL 9, can he get Pakistan over the line ?

18.5
1
Duffy to Usama Mir, 1 run

Another fabulous yorker just outside off, pats it to wide mid-off, Pakistan need a boundary

18.4
1
Duffy to Imad Wasim, 1 run

Terrific comeback, bowls it in the quiet full zone into the legs, can't swing it away properly, only carried off the inside edge to square leg

18.3
Duffy to Imad Wasim, no run

lands it fuller and it came in from outside off, shanks it away into the covers but can't beat the fielder

18.2
4
Duffy to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

Round the wicket, misses the target, low full-toss wide of off, swings hard and gets a thick outside edge that runs down the hill and away from short third, just keeping them in the hunt

18.1
W
Duffy to Abbas Afridi, OUT

Over the wicket, harmless full-toss outside off slapped straight to mid-off, Abbas didn't respond to the call and gets run-out, sacrifices his wicket and rightly so, Imad was halfway down and Abbas took a few steps and then stopped

Abbas Afridi run out (Neesham/Duffy) 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 3m) SR: 50
end of over 1811 runs ? 1 wicket
PAK: 151/6CRR: 8.38?? RRR: 14.00 ? Need 28 from 12b
Imad Wasim6 (4b 1x4)
Abbas Afridi1 (1b)
Ben Sears 4-0-27-2
William O’Rourke 4-0-27-3
17.6
4
Sears to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

Touch too full and straight, misses the yorker and Imad calmly smacks it through the line bisecting long on and long off for a four, that boundary also brings up 150 on the board, it's not over yet!

17.5
1
Sears to Abbas Afridi, 1 run

Darts in a back of a length delivery outside off, drags a pull cross the line square of midwicket

17.4
W
Sears to Zaman, OUT

Has he got enough? No, he hasn't. Is that the game? Searing yorker on the legs, chipped in the air and straight into the hands of Foxcroft who catches it brilliantly. Huge moment in the game. Fakhar cannot believe it, crowd cannot believe it.

Fakhar Zaman c Foxcroft b Sears 61 (45b 4x4 3x6 63m) SR: 135.55
17.3
1
Sears to Imad Wasim, 1 run

Effort delivery thumped hard into the surface and it climbs off a shortish length at middle, lifts his front leg and pulls it away from square leg, brings the set batter on crease

17.2
1
Sears to Zaman, 1 run

Looking for the yorker, slightly leg-sidish, whipped away to midwicket

17.1
4
Sears to Zaman, FOUR runs

That flies over mid-off's head and away she whistles to the boundary, full and wide, he sits deep, it's in his hitting arc and he doesn't miss out, couple of bounces over the rope

end of over 177 runs ? 1 wicket
PAK: 140/5CRR: 8.23?? RRR: 13.00 ? Need 39 from 18b
Imad Wasim1 (2b)
Fakhar Zaman56 (42b 3x4 3x6)
William O’Rourke 4-0-27-3
Jacob Duffy 3-0-32-0
16.6
O'Rourke to Imad Wasim, no run

Once again fires it full and wide and the plan is working to perfection, tried to jab it away but got late in jamming his bat down, ends the over with a dot, finishes his spell, returns 3/27

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Fakhar Zaman
61 runs?(45)
4 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
off drive
20 runs
1 four2 sixes
Control
67%
TB Robinson
51 runs?(36)
4 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
on drive
14 runs
1 four1 six
Control
84%
Best performances - bowlers
Abbas Afridi
O
3
M
0
R
20
W
3
ECO
6.66
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
W O'Rourke
O
4
M
0
R
27
W
3
ECO
6.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossPakistan, elected to field first
Series
Season2024
Player Of The Match
Series resultNew Zealand led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 2582
Hours of play (local time)19.30 start, First Session 19.30-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.50
Match days25 April 2024 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Language
English
Win Probability
NZ?100%
NZPAK
100%50%100%NZ InningsPAK Innings

Over 20???PAK 174/8

Usama Mir b Neesham 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 5m) SR: 166.66
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