Black Caps snatch last-gasp win
New Zealand edged out Pakistan by one run in a thrilling finale at Bridgetown, Barbados, to get their ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight campaign back on track.
The Black Caps made 133 for seven and then rendered Salman Butt’s unbeaten 67 from 54 balls in vain at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Captain Daniel Vettori led by example for the victors with 38 from 34 balls, after opener Brendon McCullum cracked 33 from 29, as they bounced back from their defeat to South Africa.
Invited to bat first, McCullum and Jesse Ryder put on 34 for the first wicket before the latter was caught at deep square-leg off Mohammad Sami.
Martin Guptill was held off Abdur Rehman at long-on, and it was 55 for three when McCullum top-edged Sami to also fall in the deep.
Ross Taylor was caught behind by Kamran Akmal off Sami, but Scott Styris put on 40 for the fifth wicket with Vettori.
That partnership ended when Styris was bowled for 21 by Shahid Afridi, and Gareth Hopkins was next to go, caught at deep midwicket off Afridi.
Vettori was run out in the penultimate over, but his contribution, plus a late 12 from Nathan McCullum, ensured a competitive total.
Kamran Akmal was the first to fall when Pakistan replied, bowled by Kyle Mills.
Mohammad Hafeez lasted just four deliveries - although two of them were boundaries - before being caught behind off Shane Bond.
Umar Akmal went first ball, caught at the wicket off Mills, then - with the score on 42 - Misbah-ul-Haq was lbw to Ian Butler.
New Zealand dismissed dangerman Afridi for 11 courtesy of a superb Nathan McCullum catch at deep midwicket off Butler to leave Pakistan 58 for five in the 10th over.
However, Butt and Abdul Razzaq put on 53 in 8.2 overs to keep their hopes alive.
Razzaq perished on the midwicket boundary off Nathan McCullum, still Butt left Pakistan needing 11 from the final over.
Butt struck Butler for two fours off three balls, taking the target down to three from two.
A scrambled bye left them needing two off the final delivery - but Rehman picked out Guptill at deep square-leg to give man-of-the-match Butler figures of 3-19 and New Zealand a precious victory.