Pakistan cricket fans will want to watch their team take on hosts New Zealand in the second match of their One Day International series streaming live online, as the Men in Green face a must-win game in their fight to level the brief, three-match set. New Zealand came back from losing six wickets for just 99 runs with a lower-order assault that left Pakistan chasing 280, a total they just could not find off the concerted Black Caps bowling attack
Trent Boult took four wickets with an economy of just 4.44, while Grant Elliot posted a rate of 4.30 while claiming three, and the New Zealand bowlers kept Pakistan scoring at a slow pace throughout. The best Pakistan could muster was a 62 from 76 balls by 21-year-old Babar Azam as the visitors were unable to surpass the 210 mark as they fell to a 70-run defeat.
Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys! pic.twitter.com/S9A2pZqETa
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 25, 2016
The match was interrupted by a frightening moment when a blazing bouncer from Pakistan paceman Anwar Ali blasted through the gap in the face mask work by New Zealand batsman Mitchell McClenaghan, hitting McClenaghan squarely on the left eye.
Watch the scary incident in the video below. McClenaghan was forced to exit the game and visit a nearby hospital where doctors found that the ball had fractured the bones around the eye.
To find out how to watch the second New Zealand vs. Pakistan ODI live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. The match gets underway at 2 p.m. local time at McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand, on Thursday, January 28. But thanks to the time zone difference, cricket fans in the United States will see the match start on Wednesday, January 27, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Pacific.
Watch highlights of the first ODI match, played on Monday in Wellington, New Zealand, in the video below.
Henry Nicholls, playing only his second ODI for New Zealand, led the fightback with 82 off of 111 balls.
Another defeat for Pakistan will likely call into question the ODI captaincy of 29-year-old Azhar Ali, who was criticized after the first ODI for displaying a lack of aggression in setting fields and picking bowlers. Pakistan appeared to go to sleep in the first innings as New Zealand rebuilt from what looked like a sure losing position.
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Azhar also failed to lead from the front, opening the batting only to be dismissed with just 19 runs on his ledger.
The opening Pakistan bowling duo of Mohammad Amir and seven-footer Mohammad Irfan was lethal for New Zealand. Amir especially dominated the Black Caps with three wickets and an economy of 3.42, best of any bowler for either side in the game.
Irfan took two wickets and allowed an economy rate of 4.30, and the pace partnership will likely be crucial if Pakistan plan to even the series in Napier and go for the win when the trilogy concludes in Auckland on Sunday.
To watch the second match of the three-game New Zealand vs Pakistan ODI cricket match from McLean Park in Napier, New Zealand, 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 also carry the third and final ODI match on the Pakistan tour of New Zealand, a tour consisting only of limited-overs format matches. The streaming ESPN3 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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