damn - what a match it would have been to watch......hope the rest of the series is as good.....
great work by the Kiwis to be so competitive & actually have the game in a winning position & great work & congradulations to Pakistan for their chase to secure victory.......
An impressive batting performance (in comparison to recent top order efforts) shows the benefit of being able to build the platform for the lower order 'allrounders' to launch from. The batsmen should take great heart that the 'stars' of this Pakistani bowling lineup fared little better than their Kiwi counterparts.
The bowling in the last 10 overs remains a problem area, but will be strengthened with the return of Tuffey & Hitchcock.
Both teams should be confident about this match - Pakistan for their controlled chase enabling Razzaq to launch his rescue & NZ can be well pleased with their efforts considering they had 6 debutants. I think it was their inexperience in playing together that caused as much trouble as their stepping up to this level of cricket - particularly in the field.
NZ will rue the fact that they had this match for the taking, but I think under the circumstances that they have more reason to be pleased with their efforts than the Pakistanis, who may have under estimated this team (like many of us).
I look forward to seeing how well this team performs towards the end of the tour, and if they continue to improve & take confidence they may still be able to push their hosts as they have in this opening game, although I still think it is asking to much to expect a win in this series unless Pakistan revert to type & self destruct.