New Zealand 281 for 8 (Phillips 63*, Williamson 53, Conway 52, Salman 2-42) beat Pakistan 280 for 9 (Fakhar 101, Rizwan 77, Southee 3-56) by two wickets
Despite an upset stomach, Phillips cracked four fours and sixes each to dramatically turn the match in a matter of a few overs. New Zealand required 75 off the last 69 balls when he chipped Mohammad Wasim over mid-on for four, before swinging Haris Rauf for six over deep midwicket next over. And when Wasim tried the slower ball soon after, it was deposited wide of long-on for six more.
Had that been taken, New Zealand would have been left in a tricky situation, with only Mitchell Santner and the tail to get 35 runs from seven overs with three wickets in hand. The feeling of what-could-have-been may well have lingered in the opposition’s mind as they watched Phillips hit the winning runs.
Fakhar hundred, Rizwan fifty in vain
Pakistan had lost Shan Masood – playing his first ODI since March 2019 – and Babar Azam early, when Williamson reviewed a not-out decision against Masood and Latham stumped Babar for the third time in as many matches. Williamson seemed to be the only one who believed Masood had edged behind, before Babar played for the turn and lost his balance in the crease.
That meant Fakhar and Rizwan had to start from scratch. Williamson had introduced spin as early as the fifth over, with Fakhar deciding to break the shackles when he tickled and punched Santner for fours in the tenth. Overall though, the left-hander was happy just to nudge it around while Rizwan was busier at the crease.
And once Rizwan fell in the 34th over, New Zealand’s substitute fielders played a part in nearly all of the wickets to fall from there on: Henry Nicholls ran Fakhar and Haris Sohail out, and caught Mir at deep midwicket and Doug Bracewell sent Salman back 45 when the batter holed out to deep square leg. As if to return the favour, it was Pakistan’s substitute Tayyab Tahir, who ran Finn Allen out to give his side a breakthrough.
But eventually, Phillips would have the final say, putting into oblivion Fakhar’s century, Rizwan’s attacking knock and perhaps everything else that had happened on the tour.