Showing posts with label New Zealand vs Pakistan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Zealand vs Pakistan. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Badly injured McClenaghan to undergo surgery

Mitchell McClenaghan is expected to miss the remainder of the one-day series (ODI) against Pakistan after suffering an eye injury during the Black Caps' win in Wellington.


McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye from a bouncer that went through the gap in his helmet during the final over of New Zealand's innings.
It rules him out of the second ODI in Napier on Thursday, and the third and final match in Auckland on Sunday, as he is scheduled to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.
McClenaghan was batting on 31 from 17 deliveries when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the peak of his helmet and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye.
He did not bowl in Pakistan's innings, spending most of it in hospital instead. He received stitches on his left eyebrow, but was well enough to tweet an update on his condition and congratulations to his team mates following their victory. "Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!"
A Black Caps spokesman confirmed that McClenaghan will undergo minor surgery on his eye socket on Friday.
McClenaghan is the fourth New Zealand player to be unavailable for Thursday's game, with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also out through injury.

Youngster Nicholls inspires Black Caps to Pakistan by 70 runs

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand's 280-8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.
Nicholls apart, New Zealand's recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.
The hosts were in a perilous position at 99-6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.

The tourists were bowled out for 210 after 46 overs as they chased New Zealand's 280 for eight.
Trent Boult took four wickets for 40 runs, including the final scalp of giant pace man Mohammad Irfan, who he bowled for a duck.


All-rounder Grant Elliott chimed in with three for 43 as the hosts got by without McLenaghan.

Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve,


 Copyright Photo.: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve
Photo: Photosport

The Black Caps made a stunning recovery after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
They were 99 for six after 22 overs and one ball, before batsman Henry Nicholls made 82 in a crucial 79-run partnership for the seventh wicket with all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who struck 48.

Bowler Matt Henry then chimed in with an unbeaten 48, while Boult hit a four off the only delivery he faced, right at the end of their innings.
Both opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Latham fell inside three deliveries early on for 11.
Then the captain Kane Williamson and all-rounder Grant Elliott were bowled, also within three balls, for 10 and a duck respectively.

Corey Anderson was caught for 10 soon after, followed by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for just five to have the hosts 99 for six after 21 overs and one ball.
But Nicholls stuck around with Santner and their fortunes turned. Nicholls was named man of the match afterwards.
Henry Nicholls bats during the 1st ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Pakistan at the Basin Reserve.

Henry Nicholls was named man of the match
It wasn't clear until the toss whether Colin Munro or Latham would come into the top order in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the Black Caps.

Taylor suffered a left-side strain during the Black Caps' T20 win over Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

In the end, Latham came in to open with Nicholls first drop. There was no room for Munro.
The second of the three one day matches is in Napier on Thursday.

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I - Crucial Series Decider at Wellington

New Zealand and Pakistan wrap up their Twenty20 series today  and there is still all to play for in the third and final fixture.
Pakistan took the opening game by 16 runs in Auckland, only for their hosts to hit back with a resounding 10-wicket win in Hamilton.
Now they square off in a decider in Wellington, the same venue that will also host the first of three one-day internationals between the nations that follows on from the T20 fixtures.
 Date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Who knows what to expect at the Westpac Stadium.
New Zealand were bowled out for 155 in pursuit of a target of 172 in the series opener, but they responded by successfully chasing down 169 in the second match with 14 balls to spare.
Openers Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson shared an unbroken stand of 171—a new record in the shortest format at international level—as the Kiwis stayed alive with an emphatic triumph at Eden Park.
However, there is a bigger picture to the game than just the outcome of the series.
The ICC World Twenty20 looms large on the horizon. The tournament takes place in India in March, and there is a battle to make the Black Caps' squad.
Mitchell McClenaghan has boosted his hopes of selection, with the left-arm paceman having picked up combined figures of two for 45 from eight overs.
With Corey Anderson now able to bowl again after overcoming a back injury, the home side have plenty of options despite the absence of Tim Southee.
Southee won't feature at all against Pakistan, though New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hopeful the seamer will recover from a foot injury in time to play in the home Test series against Australia, perESPN Cricinfo.
Pakistan's concerns over their seamers have nothing to do with health.
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Umar Gul are all fit for the tourists, but they all have economy rates in excess of nine runs per over in the series.
Shahid Afridi's side have won only one of their last five T20 games. Another defeat would hardly be ideal preparation ahead of a global tournament, even if they will feel more at home in Indian conditions.
But, defeat in the last match should not lead to a state of panic. Per statistician Shiva Jayaraman of ESPN Cricinfo, it was only the second time Pakistan have failed to defend a total of 150 or more.
Team management must decide whether to pick an unchanged XI for the third match in a row. After only 18 runs in two knocks, SohaibMaqsood's place may be under threat for the game at a ground known as "The Cake Tin."

Key Players
New Zealand
Here is a list of Williamson's last four knocks in T20 cricket: 53, 32 not out, 70 and 72 not out.
New Zealand's skipper—who has formed an excellent opening partnership with Guptill—is now a consistent performer in all formats, but his team would like him to produce another significant knock to help them seal the series.

Pakistan
While Mohammad Amir's comeback has taken a lot of the headlines,Gul has also made his return to action for Pakistan on the tour of New Zealand.
Gul—who played just two matches for his country in all formats during 2015—has picked up two wickets, but he has also leaked plenty of runs. He was once regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world, yet he needs to recapture his old form before the Twenty20 World Cup.

Squads
New Zealand
Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, LukeRonchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Todd Astle.

Pakistan
Shahid Afridi (capt), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed ShehzadAnwar Ali, IftikharAhmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad RizwanSaad NasimSarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik,Sohaib MaqsoodUmar AkmalUmar GulWahab Riaz.
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