NEW ZEALAND IN PAKISTAN IN THE UAE, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Afridi took four wickets as New Zealand narrowed to 209 AFP
The arrival of Ross Taylor in the aspect came in unfortunate circumstances. George Worker's direct move dismissed Shaheen Afridi's hands and then hit the twigs, pushing Kane Williamson to support too much. In 21 balls, after their election for a bat, visitors were found at 25 for 2.
To give the company Taylor was a struggling worker who could not make friends with the slow nature of the pitch. There was also a disciplined new ball assault and an over-excited group of Pakistani fighters who were throwing themselves, albeit not effectively.
The limits were hard to come by and the energy in the field did not allow them to steal the songs so easily. Taylor did what he usually does. On the shadows of all action, he held the scoreboard. This is the nature of his victory that made him the most consistent ODI batsman in the last five years after Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma. Unlike the three or those who follow him in the Top 10 list, there is nothing fantastic about his game. Perhaps it has to do with the less striking strike rate of 83 – unbearable in modern 50-over cricket. He may have changed his one-sided game for a more round game, but has remained ironic for New Zealand – in his "express yourself" and then as they tried to keep this aura. Today, it was just another show of the quintessential Taylor and why it is at the heart of the New Zealand victory.
After Worker and Tom Latham were quickly flown by Mohammad Hafeez and Afridi respectively, New Zealand fell to 73 for 4 in 16 overs and set the scene for two non-showers to keep the deal involved. Henry Nicholls, after a duck in the previous game, played a major role supporting alongside Taylor, as New Zealand went up from a precarious situation with a 75th for the fifth wicket.
If Nicholls did not have the patience and was trying in vain to charge Hasan Ali, New Zealand could be better off. Not to be. He was thrown out of the pitch in his second spell and shortly after Colin de Grandhomme, he fell for the same bait that Shadab Khan had come out for a long time. A solid platform was left away, and with almost 10 overs to take, Taylor stayed with the tail company.
Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi threw their bats around and added some critical tracks, while Taylor ran into a 120 * 86 * ball. It was not the most fun of the periods but there was ample maturity. In a rare case of having a batsman 47 overflow bats without showing a century, Taylor's participations took New Zealand to a degree of dignity – giving bowlers a useful set to defend.
While Taylor was working in the shadows, Shaheen Afridi gave a nice illustration of the fast bowling, justifying the call as to what makes him one of the most promising fast bats in the world. He used his rhythm and fluctuations for a good result, executing without error on his lines and lengths and picking up four wickets while performing a critical exhaustion. The captain of Pakistan may have violated the fact that he did not use his full quota, but his spell was, above all, the reason why New Zealand was limited to 209 for 9.
Summary results: New Zealand 209/9 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 86 *, Henry Nicholls 33 · Shaheen Afridi 4-38, Hasan Ali 2-59) vs Pakistan.