Third match of Pakistan and New Zealand T20 Series was thrilling. In this match scored highest from all matches of series. But end of the match, Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the last T20 match and series have ended with 2-1.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the last T20
Rizwan’s excellent batting help Pakistan to win over New Zealand with 4 wickets. Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the third and final T20 match but lost the series 1-2.
In the last T20 match of the series played in Napier, Pakistan won the toss and invited to the hosts to bat first. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert have a good start of 40 runs to the New Zealand team.
Batting first, New Zealand scored 173 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. In response, Pakistan achieved the target at a loss of 6 wickets before 2 balls thanks to Muhammad Rizwan excellent batting.
Toss captain Shadab Khan won and invited the hosts to bat first. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert gave the team an aggressive 40-run start. 5th over of the match, Martin Guptill greeted Haris Rauf with a six but on the next ball the Pakistani fast bowler made him walk with the help of captain Shadab Khan. Guptill returned to the pavilion after scoring 19 runs. After which captain Ken Williamson came to bat. But in the next over Faheem Ashraf sent him back to the pavilion, he could only make 1 run. It was second and most important wicket for Pakistan.
Tim Seifert, the man of the match in the previous match, also looked aggressive in this match and scored 35 off 20 balls with the help of three sixes. But before he could prove more dangerous, Faheem Ashraf ended his innings.
When the score reached 109, Shaheen Shah Afridi took the wicket of Glenn Philiips on the first ball of his second spell while Faheem Ashraf dismissed James Neesham to give Pakistan its fifth victory. Scott Kuggelein scored 14 runs with the help of a six and a four. Later Shaheen Shah Afridi made him walk out.
But from the other end, Devon Conway continued to put up a good batting performance and batted aggressively in the closing overs. Conway became the wicket of Harris Rauf after scoring 63 off 45 balls in the last over of the innings.
New Zealand scored 173 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Pakistani bowlers bowled better than in the previous two matches and did not allow the Kiwi batsmen to play openly. Faheem Ashraf took 3 wickets, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf took 2 wickets each.
Pakistan Team Innings
In the response Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali from the Pakistani team gave the team a confident start of 40 runs. And did not disappoint like last two T20 matches. Haider Ali was dismissed for 11 runs. After which Muhammad Hafeez, who played an unbeaten innings of 99 runs in the previous match, came to bat.
After the first wicket fell, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Rizwan both the players formed an excellent partnership for the second wicket. Mohammad Rizwan completed his half-century as well as a 72-run partnership with Hafeez for his half-century while the Pakistani team completed its century. Hafeez returned to the pavilion after playing an innings of 41 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan batted responsibly, scored a half-century and held on to the wicket. He was dismissed for 89 off 59 balls in the last over, including three sixes and 10 fours.
Middle-order batsman Khushdal Shah was also the guest for 13 runs. Faheem Ashraf also returned to the pavilion after scoring just 2 runs. While captain Shadab Khan got out on the first ball. Pakistan needed 3 runs off 3 balls to win when Iftikhar Ahmed hit a six to lead the team to victory.
Mohammad Rizwan was named Man of the Match for his outstanding performance while Tim Seifert was named Man of the Series.
Despite Pakistan’s victory, the New Zealand team managed to win the series 1-2.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the last T20 match