As it happened: Kane Williamson makes magical one handed catch as Black Caps humiliate Pakistan to win ODI series

The Black Caps have handed Pakistan a humiliating defeat, beating the visitors by 183 runs at University Oval in Dunedin to win the ODI series.

5.08pm: 27.2 overs PAK 74 - Safraz 14, Rumman 16

WICKET! Trent Boult bowls to Rumman and he's bowled him. Boult claims his fifth wicket of the match, his ball crashes into the stumps and NZ win the ODI series.

4:55pm: 24.1 overs PAK 52/9 - Safraz 10, Rumman*

OUT! Trent Boult bowls to Mohammad Amir and he's gone! A full delivery down leg from Boult, the ball takes the outside edge and smashes into the middle stump. Boult now has figures of 4-9.

4:35pm: 18.1 overs PAK 32/8 - Safraz 5, Amir*

WICKET! Black Caps' skipper Kane Williamson makes a sensational catch to dismiss Hasan Ali. Colin Munro bowls to Ali and Pakistan are now 32/8. Ali hits it to midwicket where Williamson dives and makes a sublime one handed catch.

4:30pm: 17.4 overs PAK 30/7 - Safraz 5, Hasan Ali 

OUT! Ferguson bowls to Faheem. A short ball delivery from Ferguson and Ashraf is caught at fine leg. Faheem hits it skywards and Astle is in on the boundary and he makes a safe catch. 

4:17pm: 14.5 overs PAK 25/6 - Faheem 7, Safraz 3

WICKET! Colin Munro bowls to Shadab Khan and he's gone. A cross-seam length ball from Munro. Shadab swipes across the line and he loses his stumps as the ball comes into him and crashes into the stumps.

4:14pm: 13.5 overs PAK 15/5

4:07pm: 12 overs PAK 13/4 - Babar 8, Shoaib 3

WICKET! A bizarre dismissal, Colin Munro bowls to Babar and he and Shoaib try and sneak in two runs. Mitchell Santner regathers the ball and makes a pin-point throw to NZ's wicketkeeper Latham. Babar grounds his bat, but it gets stuck in the turf and he embarrassingly is left empty-handed by the time the bails are whipped off by Latham. 

4:05pm: 12 overs PAK 12/3 - Babar 7, Shoaib 3

Babar and Shoaib building a slow partnership, Pakistan in real trouble, needing to come up with some much needed boundaries and runs as the Black Caps pile on the pressure on the visitors. 

3:35pm: 4 overs PAK 2/3 - Babar, Shoaib*

DUCK! Boult bowls to Mohammad Hafeez and the Kiwi bowler Boult is causing all sorts of headaches for Pakistan. Hafeez moves forward early after a good length delivery and he is forced to play at it. The ball shifts away late and he edges it to first slip where Ross Taylor makes another sublime catch.

3:30pm: 3.2 overs PAK 2/2 - Fakhar 2, Babar

WICKET! Trent Boult strikes again, he bowls to Fakhar. Fakhar Zaman slashes at a wide short delivery from Boult but it cuts in to find the inside edge and the ball hits the stumps.

Trent Boult of the Black Caps celebrates a wicket during Second ODI Cricket  match, Blackcaps V West Indies, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23rd December 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Trent Boult. Source: Photosport

3:25pm: 2 overs PAK 1/1 - Fakhar 1, Babar* 

WICKET! Boult bowls to Azhar Ali and he is out. A superb away swinger delivery from Boult and Azhar is forced to play at it. It swings away from the back of a length and Azhar Ali edges it to first slip where Ross Taylor makes an excellent catch.

3:16pm:  1 over PAK 0/0 - Azhar*, Fakhar*

And we are back! Tim Southee will get things started for the Black Caps bowling to Pakistan's Azhar.

2:40pm: 50 overs, NZ 257/9 - Ferguson 6, Boult 13

WICKET! Ferguson and Boult create headaches for the Pakistan side but Hasan Ali's final ball of the innings to Boult sees NZ all out for 257.  

2:32pm: 48.1 overs, NZ 240/9 - Ferguson 1, Boult 1

2:28pm: 47.1 overs, NZ 233/8 - Southee 2, Ferguson

WICKET! A soft dismissal as Rumman Raees bowls to Astle. A slower delivery this time and Astle swings early and he lobs it to midwicket.

2:23pm: 46.2 overs, NZ 226/7 - Astle 1, Southee

WICKET! Rumman Raees bowls to Latham and the Kiwi batsman hits it straight to Malik at deep square leg.

2:10pm: 43 overs, NZ 212/5 - Latham 27*, Santner 1*

Santner survives the hat trick ball, pushing the ball into the leg side for a single to get off the mark. Latham takes two from the last ball of the over.

2:08pm: 42.4 overs, NZ 209/5 - Latham 25*, Santner 0*

WICKET! Two in two for Pakistan! Nicholls goes first ball as Shadab pulls off a brilliant caught and bowled. Mitchell Santner will face the hat trick ball.

2:06pm: 42.3 overs, NZ 209/4 - Latham 25*, Nicholls 0*

WICKET! Taylor goes after reaching his fifty! A flipper from Shadab Khan has Taylor hit on the pad right in front of the stumps. The umpire wastes no time in giving it out. Taylor doesn't even think about the review, he goes for 52. Henry Nicholls the new batsman.

2:01pm: 41.2 overs, NZ 202/3 - Taylor 50*, Latham 25*

Fifty for Taylor! He gets to his 40th half century in ODI's with a pull off Amir into the deep. He gets there from 59 balls with four boundaries.

1:46pm: 38 overs, NZ 184/3 - Taylor 39*, Latham 17*

Ross Taylor of the Black Caps cuts the ball with Quinton de Kock of South Africa  looking on during the 2nd ANZ  One Day International Cricket  match, New Zealand V South Africa, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand, 22nd Febuary 2017.Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Ross Taylor of the Black Caps cuts the ball with Quinton de Kock of South Africa looking on during the second One Day International Cricket match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Source: Photosport

Latham has joined Taylor, and the pair are starting to up the ante going into the final 10 overs. They've put on 26 from 28 so far, 12 overs to go.

1:26pm: 33.2 overs, NZ 158/3 - Taylor 30*, Latham 0*

WICKET! Kane Williamson falls after the drinks break! He looks to charge at Rumman, trying to loft the ball over cover. He doesn't get the timing, spooning a catch to mid-off, where Hafeez juggles before holding onto the second attempt. The skipper goes for 73, Tom Latham the new man.

1:10pm: 30 overs, NZ 136/2 - Williamson 57*, Taylor 25*

Fifty partnership between Williamson and Taylor! They get there from just 56 balls, they'll need to keep going however, with New Zealand after a big finish.

1:00pm: 27.4 overs, NZ 125/2 - Williamson 52*, Taylor 19*

Fifty for Williamson! He drives Amir through the covers to pick up a boundary and reach his half century! Well batted from the skipper, getting there from 81 balls with five boundaries.

12:53pm: 26.1 overs, NZ 114/2 - Williamson 43*, Taylor 17*

Williamson's hit on the pad by Malik bowling around the wicket, and the umpire's given it out! Did the ball pitch outside leg though? Williamson reviews straight away, and ball tracking shows that it's not out! Good review from the skipper.

12:51pm: 26 overs, NZ 113/2 - Williamson 43*, Taylor 16*

Taylor has come to the crease and looked assured on what's looking like a tricky pitch to bat on. Williamson at the other end is still struggling to really get going, but to his credit is approaching a half century, currently 43 from 75 balls. Their partnership is 29 from 35.

12:28pm: 20.1 overs, NZ 84/2 - Williamson 30*, Taylor 0*

WICKET! Guptill's run out next ball! Williamson hits one into the deep, and the batsmen run a single. Guptill's ball watching at the striker's end, and doesn't see Williamson coming back for the second. He tries to make his ground, but falls short as Shadab removes the bails. Guptill goes for 45, Ross Taylor the new man.

12:25pm: 20 overs, NZ 83/1 - Guptill 45*, Williamson 29*

Williamson has started to find his scoring touch, hitting a couple of boundaries and scoring singles easier now that the field has gone back. This partnership has moved to 68 from 110 balls.

12:04pm: 15 overs, NZ 61/1 - Guptill 36*, Williamson 16*

Shadab Khan comes into the attack as Pakistan turn to spin. Guptill struggles to get the ball away initially, before edging one down to third man for a boundary. The batsmen scamper a single from the last ball.

11:46am: 10 overs, NZ 37/1 - Guptill 22*, Williamson 6*

New Zealand have been sluggish in the first 10 overs. Guptill and Munro started with a bang, scoring a six each with their first scoring shots. However, Munro's dismissal slowed things right down, with both batsmen failing to score at will. 

11:32am: 7 overs, NZ 31/1 - Guptill 19*, Williamson 3*

Williamson has struggled to find any timing so far, however Guptill is providing the impetus at the other end. 

11:18am: 4 overs, NZ 23/1 - Guptill 14*, Williamson 0*

Guptill's hit on the pad, with the ball going through to the keeper, slight appeal from Pakistan but it's turned down, did he get bat on it though? Guptill responds with a back foot punch through cover for two. Eight from the fourth over.

11:08am: 1.4 overs, NZ 15/1, Guptill 6*, Williamson 0*

Munro to take strike now, Faheem Ashraf to bowl. Munro cuts at the second ball, and he's off the mark with a six too! The next ball is punched through cover for two.

WICKET! Munro attacks the next ball but the it's gone straight up! Safraz settles underneath it and holds the catch! Munro goes early for eight, Kane Williamson the new man.

11:04am: 1 over, NZ 7/0 - Guptill 6*, Munro 0*

Right then, here we go! Amir's first ball is defended by Guptill before the second ball is a wide down leg to open New Zealand's account. The fifth ball of the over is flicked off Guptill's pad for six, and it's been caught in the crowd! One lucky punter has picked up $50,000 with Guptill's first scoring shot.

10:57am

Pakistan have finished their warm-up, and are in a huddle on the edge of the boundary. This is do or die for the tourists to keep the series alive. The umpires make their way out to the middle, followed by the players.

Martin Guptill takes guard for the Black Caps, Mohammad Amir will take the new ball.

10:35am

New Zealand are unchanged, with Todd Astle keeping his place ahead of Colin de Grandhomme. Meanwhile, Pakistan welcome back Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.

NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham (wk), 6. Henry Nicholls, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Todd Astle, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Lockie Ferguson, 11. Trent Boult.

PAK: 1. Azhar Ali, 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Safraz Ahmed (c & wk), 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir, 10. Hasan Ali, 11. Rumman Raes.

10:32am

Kane Williamson wins the toss and New Zealand will bat first. The Black Caps skipper says he wants to get first use of the dry-looking pitch. Final teams to be confirmed shortly.

10:30am

Good morning! University Oval is a picture this morning, a slight covering of cloud - but (fingers crossed) no rain. Both captains out for the toss shortly.

PRE MATCH

After two rain affected matches, New Zealand hold a 2-0 lead in the five match series, looking to seal the series with a win today, as well as bring up their 10th straight victory across all formats.

The stats don't read well for Pakistan, with the Black Caps having claimed victory in their last eight ODI matches against the visitors.

The Black Caps welcome Colin de Grandhomme back into their ranks, with the all-rounder returning from bereavement leave after the passing of his father in Zimbabwe.

Pakistan on the other hand, will be relying on their top order batsmen to stand up today, with the visitors' best batsmen failing to fire so far on their short tour.

The visitors could be aided by the return of opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who missed the last match in Nelson.

TEAMS (possible)

NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham (wk), 6. Henry Nicholls, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Lockie Ferguson, 11. Trent Boult.

PAK: 1. Azhar Ali, 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Safraz Ahmed (c & wk), 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir, 10. Hasan Ali, 11. Rumman Raes.

3:25pm: 2 overs PAK 1/1 - Fakhar 1, Babar* 
3:25pm: 2 overs PAK 1/1 - Fakhar 1, Babar* 
Black Caps players celebrate the catch of Kane Williamson off the bowling of Colin Munro during their third ODI against Pakistan in Dunedin. Sunday 07th Janurary 2018. Copyright Photo: Raghavan Venugopal / © www.Photosport.nz 2018
Black Caps players celebrate the catch of Kane Williamson off the bowling of Colin Munro during their third ODI against Pakistan in Dunedin. Source: Photosport

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'Australia desperately need' banned duo, says Shane Warne

By the time Steve Smith and David Warner serve their 12-month bans for ball- tampering, Australian cricket will be pleading for their return, says Shane Warne.

The former national team vice-captain believes Australia doesn't have too many X-factor players which makes the case stronger for Smith and Warner's return.

"By the time Smith and Warner are ready, Australia will be pleading to have them back, they are two of the top five best batsmen in the world," said Warne.

"Australia desperately need them."

The former leg-spin guru is promoting his autobiography 'No Spin', but his comments are timely given Australia's struggles against Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai.

Tim Paine's men are 3-136 in their second innings and need another 326 to win, which seems unlikely.

Warne believes Australia have lost the "fear factor" ever since England won the 2005 Ashes but the next series against the old enemy is still delicately poised.

"I think Australia will give England a real run for their money next year," said the 49-year-old.

"I don't think England have feared Australia since they won the series in 2005, which they deserved to as the better side. Since then England realised Australia can be beaten.

"Australia haven't really got too many X-factor players. But I don't think Australia really fear England too much now either, aside from Jimmy Anderson bowling with the Dukes ball."

Disgraced pair Smith and Warner will be back from their suspensions in time for that series and Warne expects both men to regain pivotal roles in Australia's set-up.

"It's going to be tough for them at first.

"Forgiveness takes time, but there's nothing like making a couple of hundreds in a row and people thinking, 'Oh, we've missed this guy'.

"They have to be aware that they're in for a bit of a hostile time around the world until they've earned the respect back."

1 NEWS Sport reporter gives his thought as the aftermath of the Australian cricket cheating continues.
Steve Smith and David Warner. Source: Photosport


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'Would have liked to seen Jimmy bat a bit longer' - Black Caps coach impressed with Neesham in Plunket Shield opener

He's used to rocking up at the Basin Reserve for the domestic cricket season, but things were different for Gary Stead this time around as Black Caps coach.

The 46-year-old arrived was in the capital to watch the Plunket Shield opener between Wellington Firebird and Auckland Aces on the first day of the season.

"I arrived down here at the Basin this morning, and to not be out there helping with warm-ups and things like that was a wee bit different," said Stead.

"It's been really hard-fought out there.

"We've seen a little bit of rustiness I think from both teams," he said.

"There's been a wee bit in it for the bowlers all day, and there's been some nice innings without quite kicking on for bigger ones."

Stead was perhaps alluding to the innings of in-form all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who picked up where he left off in the pre-season with his first fifty of the campaign.

But he was out shortly after reaching the milestone.

"Would have liked to seen Jimmy bat a bit longer, and I'm sure he would as well."

Stead also confirmed that injured Black Cap Mitchell Santner is expected to be back playing first-class cricket before the end of the year.

"He's had a significant knee operation, and likely that he will be back at first class level somewhere around mid-December (…) but he's tracking really well at the moment."

Stead was in the capital watching the Firebirds host the Auckland Aces on the first day of the season. Source: 1 NEWS

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Watch: Kane Williamson, four Black Caps ND teammates combine for 1 run - then Trent Boult performs a miracle

Trent Boult starred with the ball, then with the bat, as Northern Districts star-studded side narrowly avoided abject humiliation at Mt Maunganui today.

In the opening round of the Plunket Shield agauinst Otago, Boult took two wickets and his team was sitting prod after rolling the visitors for just 108.

But after lunch, their Black Cap-laden batting order crumbled.

Kane Williamson 1, BJ Watling 0, Colin de Grandhomme 0, Ish Sodhi 0 and Neil Wagner 0 combined for just one run, and at 58 for eight, then 82 for nine, an embarrassing first innings loss looked on the cards.

But, of course, you can never count at Boult, who proceeded to smash 61 off 37 balls, to haul his side in front, eventually ending on 136.

The Black Caps travel to the United Arab of Emirates for three T20s, three ODIs and three Tests against Pakistan later this month with the first T20 set to start on October 31.

The Northern Districts bowled Otago all out in the first innings for 108 runs in Mount Maunganui. Source: 1 NEWS


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'See what comes up next year' - disgraced Australian coach eyes return to cricket

Darren Lehmann has revealed his ambition to return to coaching.

Lehmann was slated to step down as Australia's coach after the 2019 Ashes in England but resigned in tears amid the Cape Town cheating scandal.

Lehmann was cleared of any wrongdoing by a formal Cricket Australia (CA) investigation of the ball-tampering saga, which resulted in year-long bans for Steve Smith and David Warner.

The no-nonsense mentor decided, shortly after watching Smith repeatedly break down during his arrival press conference at Sydney airport, that it was time to go.

Lehmann, who was in charge of the national side for almost five years, recently completed his contract with CA at the organisation's training base in Brisbane.

The 48-year-old doesn't hold any formal coaching position.

"I'd like to coach again one day. I think I'm a good coach, my coaching record is pretty good," Lehmann told AAP at the launch of Fox Cricket.

"At some stage I'll get there.

"A shorter commitment is probably the way to go ... that's probably what I'm looking for.

"But I'm just going to stay away from it this summer, watch the cricket and enjoy it. See what comes up next year."

Lehmann oversaw Ashes success at home in 2013-14 and 2017-18, plus Australia's 2015 World Cup triumph, but his role in the side's aggressive win-at-all-costs mentality has been questioned.

The former Test batsman is keen to see the results of an independent cultural review of CA, having shared some "good discussions" with the Ethics Centre panel.

Lehmann backed Smith, who attended Tuesday's launch at the SCG, Warner and Cameron Bancroft to bounce back from their bans.

"I speak to them all the time. They're going alright," Lehmann said.

"They'll come back really well. They're good young men and they'll come back.

"They've been training, hitting and they're fit. Spending some time away from the game as well.

"I'd love them to be available for domestic cricket but that's not my decision. That's the powers above me."

The previous six months have been a rollercoaster for Lehmann, who has previously admitted he initially wasn't in a great place after the sandpaper scandal.

"I've got my life back. It (coaching Australia) was 300-odd days away from home a year, it takes its toll," Lehmann said.

"It's been good to be home and actually enjoy just going to the cricket now, watching it without all the influences around having to win.

"There's no stress, put it that way. It's quite good."

Australian Cricket coach Darren Lehmann. Source: 1 NEWS


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