I think they played really well. They were able to set a platform despite losing wickets. Credit to the way they played, Babar played fantastically. It was about giving guys exposure and about understanding the conditions. It would have been nice to take the game deeper. We are trying to build partnerships and needed someone to bat through tonight, however, a big partnership was missing. We got one more opportunity to put a performance on the board.
Credit goes to the entire team and support staff for becoming the No.1 ranked ODI team. We build the momentum and worked towards this goal. Everybody put in the effort and stuck together in difficult times. I think my journey has been good, I joined the camp on this very day nine years ago, and there have been ups and down, but the support from my family, PCB, and above all my teammates have been amazing… when we started our innings, the wicket played well, I and Shan planned to build the innings.
We felt it was 300 plus wickets, if you build a partnership you can get to that total but we lost a few wickets in the middle phase and then had to regroup. However, the way Shaheen batted, we got more runs than we expected. We planned that we will test our bench strength in this series and play with different combinations. We wanted to give a proper run to everybody and since there are big events coming up, we are happy to find 15-16 players for the (showpiece events).
Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights today. 4th ODI (D/N), Friday 5-5-2023, New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023, National Stadium, Karachi.
Toss: New Zealand chose to field.
Pakistan team: Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Haris, Agha Salman, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf
New Zealand team: Will Young, Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c), Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Cole McConchie, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Blair Tickner
Head to Head In ODI’s: 113
Pakistan Won: 59
New Zealand Won: 50
Pakistan ODI Rankings: 5th
New Zealand ODI Rankings: 2nd
(Last five matches, most recent first)
New Zealand LLLWW
Match Timings: 10:30 AM GMT | 3:30 PM Local
Umpires – Asif Yaqoob, Joel Wilson
TV Umpire – Langton Rusere
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Faisal Afridi
Match number – ODI no. 4574