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Kiwis hold on to record last ball victory

New Zealand won a stunning Super Eight group game by taking the wicket of Abdur Rehman from the final ball of the game to hold on in a tense final over to beat Pakistan by 1 run.

Faced with such a small run chase Pakistan got off to a quiet start as Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt took their time seeing out almost the first two overs before they played a big shot.

After a good first over from Shane Bond; Kyle Mills was less tidy conceding a wide and no ball which Butt scored a boundary from to get the defending champs under way.

With a total of only 134 to defend the Kiwis couldnít afford to give anyway any extras and after conceding the boundary from a no ball Mills struck back to remove Akmal (5) with his last delivery of the second over.

Mohammad Hafeez tried to restore Pakistanís advantage by smashing two consecutive boundaries off the bowling of Bond in the third over but the paceman struck back with the last delivery of the over by forcing Hafeez into playing a defensive shot which the batsman edge through to Gareth Hopkins behind the stumps.

Amazingly Umar Akmal (0) quickly followed Hafeez back to the dugout 2 balls later after he was dismissed by Mills to leave the defending champions 25-3 after 4.1 overs.

Butt was joined at the crease by Misbah-ul-Haq but the pair could only build a partnership of 17 before the Kiwis struck again to take control of the game.

After bowling a 5th over maiden Ian Butler changed ends and he struck with his first ball to remove Misbah-ul-Haq (3) trapping him LBW to leave Pakistan 42-4.

With a victory needed to stand any chance of reaching the semi finals; Pakistan were in deep trouble as they suffered another batting collapse losing Shahid Afridi (11) in the 10th over after he was caught by Nathan McCullum out on the boundary.

With 62 balls to go Pakistan needed another 76 runs with five wickets remaining but they did have opener Butt still at the crease and he was joined by big hitting Abdul Razzaq as the pair looked to revive Pakistanís tournament.

They built the foundations of an important partnership but they needed a big over to get back into the game after McCullum had slowed things down.

With hopes fading fast Abdul Razzaq stepped up to smash 16 runs off Daniel Vettoriís last over including 2 massive sixes to leave Pakistan needing 40 runs from 30 balls.

With the momentum starting to build McCullum struck to remove Razzaq (29) in the 17th over to leave Pakistan needing 23 from 14 balls. With Razzaq gone the pressure was on Butt to stay at the crease and lead Pakistan to the victory.

He brought up a well deserved half century with from the final ball of the 17th over with the game finally balanced. He followed it up with a huge six off the bowling of Mills to leave Pakistan need 16 more runs from 11 balls as the pressure mounted.

Mills responded by only conceding 5 more runs to set up a frantic final over in which Pakistan needed to score another 11 runs.

With the tension building Butler was given the responsibility of bowling the final over and he held his never despite conceding two boundaries to take the wicket of Abdur Rehman from the final ball of the game to seal a dramatic victory which leaves the defending champs on the brink of elimination.

Having been put into bat by Pakistan the Kiwis good off to a good start with Brendon McCullum looking in good form after suffering a disappointing tournament with the bat.

Having entered the tournament by scoring a century against Australia earlier this years McCullum has had a terrible time with the bat, his highest score, 22, came against Zimbabwe.

Partnered by Jess Ryder; McCullum started the innings by dispatching Mohammad Aamer for a boundary from the final ball of the first over.

He followed this up by treating Mohammad Samiís bowling with the same sort of contempt smashing the bowler for consecutive boundaries at the start of the 4th over as New Zealand enjoyed a productive start.

While McCullum was finding the boundary with ease; Ryder was struggling to even get start having scored 7 runs from 7 balls.

With the pressure mounting he tried to flick away a length delivery from Mohammad Sami but he picked out Abdur Rehman at deep square leg to give Pakistan the break through.

McCullum was joined at the crease by Martin Guptill and although McCullum found the boundary at the end of the 5th over; the runs had started to dry up with Guptill having only scored 2 runs from the 10 balls he had faced.

With every dot ball Guptill was getting more and more frustrated at the crease and with the spinners seemingly having a strangle hold on the game Guptill decided to attack Abdur Rehmanís second over.

He came down the track looking to pull Rehman through the covers but he miss hit the shot towards long-on where Umar Akmal took a superb diving catch to dismiss a very frustrated Guptill.

With the Kiwis 41-2 Ross Taylor joined McCullum at the crease but they could only build a 14 run partnership before Pakistan struck to remove the danger man; McCullum (33).

In an attempt to kick start the Kiwiís faltering innings McCullum tried to sweep Abdur Rehman but he got an ugly top edge which sailed to Mohammad Sami at deep square leg.

With Pakistan on top they struck again in the next over to remove Taylor (3) as the Kiwis innings took another big hit reducing them to 58-4 after 9.2 overs.

Vettori and Scott Styris steadied the ship which a much needed partnership of 40 but once again Pakistan struck back as Styris (21) was bowled by a faster delivery from Shahid Afridi to leave the Kiwis 98-5.

Gareth Hopkins (2) followed an over later to leave Vettori (38) and Nathan McCullum (12) the task of seeing out the last 4 overs. The pair added an important 23 runs to the total allowing the Kiwi bowlers some sort of total to hopefully defend.

source - cricket20.com
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