The second New Zealand vs. Pakistan T20 international cricket match will be streaming online live and for free Sunday — Saturday on the United States West Coast — and fans will be able to watch Pakistan attempt to go up 2-0 in the crucial series knowing that a sweep of all three games gives them the world’s top ranking in the shortest form of the game.
The best New Zealand can now hope for, after dropping the opener of the three-game set by 16 runs on Friday at Eden Park in Auckland, is a boost from sixth to fifth — if, and only if, the Black Caps can win the final two matches.
Pakistan, after traveling more than 8,100 miles to New Zealand, shocked the home side — who had just swept a pair of T20 matches from visiting Sri Lanka earlier this month — building an impressive first-innings total of 171, then taking all 10 wickets in the full 20 overs to claim a definitive 16-run victory.
The series now moves to Seddon Park in Hamilton where New Zealand will look for the series equalizer, and will likely shore up their chances by bringing their most veteran batsman, 31-year-old Ross Taylor, back into the side, hoping to bolster the middle order than appear to crumble against an aggressive Pakistan bowling attack in which each all five bowlers took at least one wicket each.
For all the highlights of the first New Zealand vs. Pakistan T20 cricket match, see the video below, courtesy of New Zealand Cricket.
To find out how to watch the second New Zealand vs. Pakistan T20 International cricket match live online — legally and for free — see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. The match is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. local time at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand, on Sunday, January 17.
For viewers in the United States, that start time is at 1 a.m. Eastern Time, 10 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, Pacific.
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Pakistan was led with the bat by Mohammad “The Professor” Hafeez who compiled 61 runs off of 47 balls. But Man of the Match honors went to Captain Shahid Afridi for a stellar all-round performance, whacking 23 runs off a mere eight balls, followed by a two-wicket haul for 26 runs in his four bowling overs.
In the field, Afridi was also outstanding, taking three catches after dropping an early chance.
#NZvPak Mohammad Amir’s 2 “near” wickets in the 1st T20I https://t.co/JMB90ME0sl
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLiveHQ) January 16, 2016
Left arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz led the Pakistan assault with three wickets. But at the center of the storm was 23-year-old Mohammad Amir, the high-powered fast bowling prodigy who was banned for five years for his role in a spot-fixing scandal — an offense that cost Amir three months in a British jail as well as a half-decade away from cricket.
Amir was booed by the Eden Park crowd as he opened the bowling for the visiting team, but nonetheless managed to shut out the distractions, taking his first international wicket in five years — and barely missing out two other chances.
Just two months ago, Hafeez refused to play for the Chittagong Vikings of the Bangladesh Premier League, a roster which also included Amir, because he said his principles prevented him sharing a locker room with the convicted match-fixer.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 15, 2016
But no conflict between the two, or between Hafeez and his conscience, was evident Friday as both players made important contributions to a rousing victory for Pakistan.
To watch the second New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 international cricket match live online for free and legally, go to ESPN3, the online-only channel in the ESPN network, which will carry the game live at this link. ESPN3 will carry all six matches in the Pakistan tour of New Zealand — the remaining two T20 international matches and all three ODIs. The streaming sports channel is free to customers of most major internet service providers and many minor ISPs, as well. For a full list, check this link.
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