Pakistan clinch T20I series at the Bay Oval

Howard TerryJan 29, 2018

PTCL co-sponsored Pakistan T20 cricket team, which is also World Number 1 team in ICC T20I Rankings.

The three-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan is now tied at one each.

Pakistan have on Sunday made 181 runs for the loss of six wickets against a sloppy New Zealand team in the third and last Twenty20 global (T20I) of the series.

The two teams went into the match locked up one-all in the best of three series after a resurgent Pakistani side took the second game in Auckland by 48 runs.

However outside New Zealand, Pakistan sealed a T20 series win 2-0 in Dubai in November 2009 while another two-match series held at the Same Venue in December 2014 concluded in a draw.

After Fakhar Zaman (46) and Sarfraz (29) had laid the foundations, Pakistan punished their hosts for a string of late drops, and Umar Amin's seven-ball onslaught for 21 runs boosted them to 181-6 from their allocation.

After electing to bat first, Pakistan top order batsmen Fakhar Zaman (50), Ahmed Shehzad (44), Babar Azam (50 not out) and Sarfraz Ahmed (41) delivered brilliant knocks to help Pakistan reach 201/4 at the end of their innings.

For New Zealand, Mitchell Santner took two for 24 and Ish Sodhi took two for 47.

In reply, New Zealand were uncharacteristically cautious, scoring just 32 runs in the first five overs. As perhaps anyone sitting through this series might have expected, Shadab Khan bowled two of them, showing vast control with his flight and pace, the batsmen unable to get a read of his length, or which way the ball would turn.

Pakistan could not claim the second wicket until the 13th over but Martin Guptill and Anaru Kitchen's cautious approach meant that only 84 runs were on the board until then.

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