In the latest T20 match between New Zealand and Pakistan, the former had a crushing victory by seven wickets making a complete dominion in the series. In the Wellington match, New Zealand bowlers crumbled down Pakistan’s order slogging the team at 38 for 6 wickets in only half the stretch. Pakistan scored 105 to set New Zealand in the winning spree. The team scaled the margin with 4.1 overs to spare.
New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee, Seth Rance and Mitchell Santner had a good bite of Pakistan’s wickets in the match. The visitor’s top order comprising of Fakhar Zaman, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz and Haris Sohail lost their wickets cheaply creating an utter pressure for the team.
Tim Southee started the attack along with Rance to do away with the top order. The middle order was swept by Santner taking away the wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and Shadab Khan. The rapture met resistance only when Hasan Ali and Babar Azam steered the inning for a short while. Azam emerged as the highest scorer of the match with 41 runs while Ali added 23 runs in a flashy strike. It was only these batsmen that hauled Pakistan’s score to a three-digit figure. Ali knocked three sixes.
In reply, New Zealand could not start strong. The team fell to 14 for 2 in four overs losing Martin Guptill and Philips. There was a surge of confidence in Pakistan, but it was soon done away. The inning did not take time to recover and gain the winning momentum under Colin Munro. The player had two partnerships pulling the team to victory mark. With Tom Bruce, he played for 49 runs and with Ross Taylor, he added the winning 49. Munro however, had to be contended himself with the score of 49, leaving the half-century. For New Zealand, it took less than a cakewalk to win the match against Pakistan.
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