Corey Anderson fell just short of his half-century © Getty Images ( File Photo)
Corey Anderson fell just short of his half-century © Getty Images ( File Photo)

Dec 4, 2014

New Zealand trotted to a total of 135 in the first T20I played against Pakistan at Dubai on Thursday. Pakistan skipper, Shahid Afridi elected to bowl after winning the toss and the decision served well as they managed make inroads into the New Zealand top-order in the first three overs.

Anwar Ali who came on to bowl the first over got the big wicket of Kane Willamson who missed a delivery which struck him in front of the wickets before he was dismissed leg-before for naught. Anton Devcich who came in next to replace Williamson was the next one to be dismissed in the same fashion as Williamson. New Zealand were reduced to 10 for two after two overs. Mohammad Irfan who was deputed to bowl the third over struck almost immediately to remove Ross Taylor, putting New Zealand in bothersome position.

Martin Guptill and Corey Anderson stitched a 46-run partnership and did the repair work. Anderson looked threatening as he hit Mohammad Hafeez for a long swap over long-on. Guptill was removed by Shahid Afridi in the next over which shifted the momentum towards Pakistan again. Anderson however carried on his usual fashion and muscled Ali for two flat sixes over deep square-leg region in the 13th over. He was caught by Saad Nasim at the deep mid-wicket boundary when he tried swipe Raza Hasan big.

Pakistan did well to pick three wickets and leak only 25 runs in the last five overs of the game.


Brief Scores:

New Zelaland 135 for 7 ( Corey Anderson; Sohail Tanvir 2 for 24) vs Pakistan.