Offspinner Saeed Ajmal claimed 4 for 30 to guide Pakistan to a 13-run victory over New Zealand at Pallekele.
New Zealand innings:
20th over: 164 for 9: Hafeez throws the ball to Ajmal and he doesn't disappoint his captain and picks two wickets and concedes only 5 runs. For New Zealand Rob Nicol top scores with 33 runs and Ajmal claims 4 wickets.
Nathan McCullum c Shoaib Malik b Saeed Ajmal 5 (13)
Tim Southee c Umar Gul b Saeed Ajmal 1 (6)
19th over: 159 for 7: Taylor has made up his mind not to go down without a fight and hits Gul for three consecutive fours. But the Kiwi skipper fails to take his team through, as he gets run out for 26.
Ross Taylor run out 26 (11)
18th over: 144 for 6: Franklin welcomes Tanvir with one six and a four to keep New Zealand in the hunt. Franklin aims to clear over midwicket but plays straight into the fielder for an easy catch.
James Franklin c Nasir Jamshed b Sohail Tanvir 13 (6)
17th over: 131 for 5: Oram makes room to play over the covers, but misses out on a quicker one from Ajmal. Last ball of the over, Taylor slogs it over midwicket for a six.
Jacob Oram b Saeed Ajmal 11 (7)
16th over: 121 for 4: Umar Gul comes back and removes Brendon McCullum at a crucial juncture of the game. McCullum tries to defend it, but the ball sneaks in to knock the bails off.
B McCullum b Umar Gul 32 (31)
15th over: 108 for 3: Ajmal strikes. Vettori makes some room and tries to heave over cover, but plays to the fielder. Six runs from this over.
Vettori c Nasir Jamshed b Saeed Ajmal 18 (16)
14th over: 102 for 2: McCullum holds key to New Zealand's chase and at the moment it's the spin that is troubling the big hitter but he is not missing out on scoring opportunity. Last ball off Ajmal, McCullum slogs it over lon on for a six.
13th over: 92 for 2: Vettori decides to go after Afridi and launches over the bowler's head for a four. Afridi's spell of four over comes to an end with figures of 1 for 30.
12th over: 83 for 2: Now Hafeez brings on Ajmal into the attack and McCullum decides to attack the offspinner to unsettle him. Fifth ball, McCullum reverse sweeps for a four and follows it up with another one by cutting it through the covers.
11th over: 73 for 2: Afridi is bowling some tight line without giving much room for the batsmen to free their arms. Just seven runs from this over.
10th over: 66 for 2: Now spin bowling is on for Pakistan at the moment and are trying to choke both Vettori and McCullum.
9th over: 62 for 2: In a brave move, New Zealand have promoted Daniel Vettori ahead of Taylor and can prove to be a good decision considering his batting prowess. Afridi at the moment bowling quicker through the air and also getting some turn. No signs of Saeed Ajmal yet.
8th over: 55 for 2: Hafeez comes on to bowl his second over and concedes just one run and also effects the run out of Kane Williamson.
Williamson run out 15 (13)
7th over: 54 for 1: Shahid Afridi does the trick for Pakistan by breaking the 53-run partnership. Afridi fires in a quicker one and clean bowls Rob Nicol for 33.
Rob Nicol b Shahid Afridi 33 (28)
6th over: 47 for 0: Umar Gul is the only Pakistan bowler, who's running with some intent and looks like picking up a wicket. Nine runs from this over.
5th over: 38 for 0: Pakistan bring on Yasir Arafat to bowl his first over and the medium-fast bowler goes for 12 runs. Arafat pitches two full length deliveries and Nicol dispatches it for fours over covers.
4th over: 26 for 0: So far so good for New Zealand. Both the Kiwi batsmen, Williamson and Nicol don't seem to be in any hurry and playing the balls on its merit. Not a single four or six off this over, but a decent one for New Zealand with 8 runs.
3rd over: 18 for 0: Umar Gul comes on to bowl and starts off pretty poorly with some loose deliveries, but was lucky to get away with it. The pitch here at Pallekele has a true bounce with the ball coming on to the bat and that will be of great help for the Kiwi batsmen.
2nd over: 13 for 0: Sohail Tanvir gets the chance to share the new ball and Rob Nicol comes forward and slams it over long for a six. 12 runs off this over.
1st over: 1 for 0: Considering New Zealand's weakness against spin, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez starts the proceedings and pulls off a tidy one.
20th over: 177 for 6: Two great strikes from Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi takes Pakistan to 177. Southee completes his spell with figures of 2 for 31 and with the wicket of Afridi.
Shahid Afridi c Williamson b Southee 12 (6)
19th over: 165 for 5: Mixed over for New Zealand comes to an end. Two fours, one six and a wicket come in this over and not to forget 17 runs. Umar Akmal tries to clear Oram over long-on but plays into the hands of the fielder.
Umar Akmal c Nathan McCullum b Oram 23 (15)
18th over: 148 for 4: Three quick wickets brings back New Zealand back into the game and Pakistan are banking on Umar Akmal to raise the tempo. Southee gives just three runs in this over.
17th over: 145 for 4: Mills gives away 10 runs in his last over. Umar Akmal scores two successive boundaries off the first two deliveries.
16th over: 135 for 4: Vettori ends Jamshed's run at the crease and finishes a great spell of 1 for 23. Jamshed steps out to clear Vettori over long-on but plays to Nathan McCullum, who completes a brilliant catch diving to his left. Three wickets in three successive overs have slowed down thing for Pakistan.
Nasir Jamshed c NL McCullum b Vettori 56 (35)
15th over: 131 for 3: New Zealand now pull back things by getting another wicket in the form of Kamran Akmal. Akmal carves the ball over cover but didn't get the timing on that shot and holes it to the fielder.
Kamran Akmal c Nicol b Oram 3 (3)
14th over: 125 for 2: James Franklin comes on to bowl and snaps the partnership by getting the wicket of Hafeez for 43. Hafeez gets clean bowled trying to go after the bowling of Franklin.
Mohammad Hafeez b Franklin 43 (38)
13th over: 118 for 1: Every over, Hafeez and Jamshed are able to get the odd boundary. Fifth ball off Oram, Jamshed pushes it for a single to reach a well-deserved half-century.
12th over: 110 for 1: Vettori is the only bowler to whon Pakistan batsmen are showing some kind of respect. The left-arm spinner is able to keep them silent by bowling a tight line and length.
11th over: 105 for 1: Jamshed is in complete different mood and has taken a liking for the Kiwi bowlers and dispatching them all over the park. 13 runs off this over.
10th over: 92 for 1: Vettori comes on bit late when the both the batsmen firing all cylinders, but the left-arm spinner bowls a tidy over by giving only six runs.
9th over: 86 for 1: Nathan McCullum after bowling good in the previous match against Bangladesh is all over the place at Pallekele. First ball, Nathan McCullum bowls a full toss and Hafeez dispatches it over square leg for a six. On the other end, Jamshed is going great guns, as he hits another six over extra-cover.
8th over: 73 for 1: Runs are now coming for Pakistan thick and fast with Jamshed and Hafeez taking the Kiwi bowlers to the cleaners. Milne bowls one on the leg-side and Jamshed swivels over fine-leg for a six.
7th over: 61 for 1: Nathan McCullum comes on and the new batsman Nashir Jamshed doesn't gives him a chance to settle down. Second ball off McCullum, Jamshed hits a tremendous shot over extra-cover for a six. 10 runs off the over.
6th over: 51 for 1: New Zealand finally manage to snap the opening stand of 47 runs. After being hit for a four in the second ball, Tim Southee bounces back to remove Imran Nazir off a caught and bowled.
Imran Nazir c & b Southee 25 (16)
5th over: 42 for 0: Both the Pakistan openers are now able to time the ball well with the bounce off the pitch helping them in playing their shots. Jacob Oram gives away an expensive over, which consisted of three fours - two by Nazir and one by Hafeez. 14 runs come in this over.
4th over: 28 for 0: New Zealand introduces Tim Southee into the attack and the fast bowler gets the ball to shape in. Third ball from Southee and nothing wrong with the delivery, but Hafeez punches it down the midwicket for a four. Seven runs off this over.
3rd over: 21 for 0: Mills strays down to the leg-side in the first two deliveries, but the third one Imran Nazir rocks back to punch a length delivery through covers for a boundary. Mills concedes 12 runs in this over, which consisted of two fours.
2nd over: 9 for 0: Surprise move from Taylor, as he throws the ball to his experienced bowler, Daniel Vettori. First ball, Hafeez plays with caution and the next one he steps out and hits it over midwicket for a six. After that Vettori stops tossing it up and keeps it tight. Eight runs off this over.
1st over: 1 for 0: Imran Nazir and Mohammad Hafeez open the innings for Pakistan, while Kyle Mills starts the proceedings for New Zealand with the ball. Mills gets some swing straightaway and in the third ball manages to induce an edge off Hafeez and Ross Taylor at second slip grasses it. A brilliant over from Mills comes to an end.
3:00pm: Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez has won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in their first outing. Pakistan have left out Mohammad Sami, Raza Hasan, Abdul Razzaq and Asad Shafiq, while New Zealand bring in Adam Milne in place of Martin Guptill.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez(c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal(w), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
New Zealand: Rob Nicol, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum(w), Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne
2:45pm: Hello and welcome to the ninth match of World Twenty20 involving Pakistan and New Zealand at Pallekele.
For Pakistan this is their first match of the tournament, while New Zealand on the other hand are sitting pretty with a win over Bangladesh on Friday.