PAK vs AUS Live Score T20 World Cup Super Eight
One poor showing, against India no less, has suddenly thrown Pakistan's World Twenty20 campaign onto far less certain ground than it had occupied solidly since day one of the tournament.
Another loss to Australia, the competition's most assured and dominant team so far, and the Pakistanis will be highly unlikely to make the semi-finals.
It is a harsh scenario, but a reflection of the competition's format, calling for consistent results.
The hesitance and doubt evident against India must quickly be shed from the minds and limbs of Pakistan's cricketers, but the looming possibility of elimination may not aid the return of a state of focus.
These two sides are very familiar with one another, having contested T20 and ODI series in the UAE as a prelude to this event.
Australia began that T20 series floundering, and ended it with growing confidence.
They have gone up another notch or three since, while Pakistan have been shaken by the India defeat.
Mohammad Hafeez's team will hope to regain the confidence they showed in Dubai, or risk elimination from an event they looked in with a chance to win a few days ago.
Narine stopped bowling offbreaks, which the whole world knows by now that he bowls with a thumb sticking out. However, Jacob Oram failed to read the carrom ball and was out lbw. Narine was making up for his sins now. Sammy had to take the risk, leaving the last over for the non-specialist.
When Narine began the 19th, New Zealand needed 17. Instead of taking six singles, Nathan McCullum tried six in one shot, and fell to the carrom ball again. The pressure was on New Zealand now.
A convention followed, with 13 to defend in the final over. Russell and Samuels were the contenders for the final over, before Samuels was given the ball. This was no easy task for Taylor: to face somebody delivering darts at around 125kmph from two steps into the blockhole. He received help from Narine, though.
A hit to short fine leg would have meant game over but Narine misfielded and allowed Taylor to come back on strike. Cometh the over, cometh the innovation. Possibly for the first time in international cricket, Taylor played the ramp shot to counter the impossible Samuels trajectory, getting six over short fine leg.
Samuels held his nerve, bringing it down to two required off the last ball. West Indies were using their substitutes: Dwayne Smith was on for Ravi Rampaul.
Taylor hit straight to Smith, who narrowly missed being a villain. With Taylor running for an impossible second, Smith, from deep midwicket, threw in a yorker, which Denesh Ramdin would have surely failed to collect … had it not hit the stumps direct.
For the second time in three matches, New Zealand were facing a Super Over. This time, though, Taylor got the better of Samuels with the ramp and then a huge six after he had played around with his length.
Despite West Indies fielding their best substitutes for the slow men - absolutely allowed by the law - New Zealand managed 17, but West Indies only needed to level that score to win because of their better boundary count.
Southee has won matches with his yorkers in the past, including a Super Over against Australia at the Liliputian Jade Stadium in Christchurch, but he began with a no-ball here, which was also a length ball with width. Gayle clobbered it for six. Seven runs, no ball bowled.
Despite a wide later in the over, Southee made a decent comeback, bringing it down to four needed of last two. Then he bowled a low full toss, which Samuels hit towards deep midwicket, missing a leaping Guptill by inches.
West Indies danced unabashedly, but when readying the ground for the next match, the groundsmen would have had to deal with pieces of broken New Zealand hearts.