Pakistan produced a clinical performance with the bat and ball to clinch the T20 series against New Zealand. The series decider saw Pakistan take on New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. Sarfaraz and co. looked disciplined on the day to win the game by 18 runs and take three-match series by 2-1. With this series win, Pakistan has dislodged New Zealand to become no.1 team side in the world in T20 format.
Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was ecstatic as Pakistan managed to produce two victories on the trot to win the series. The visitors batted first as Opener Fakhar Zaman led the way with his quick-fire 46 runs to see the side register 181 runs on the board. Umar Amin scored crucial runs at the end to see Pakistan score over 50 runs in the last four overs of their innings.
Chasing 181, New Zealand started badly as their lost their captain Williamson early in the innings. Anaru Kitchen scored 16 runs and gave his way away to see the hosts placed at 84 for 2 after 12.2 overs. Martin Guptill kept his side in the hunt as he produced a sublime 43-ball 56 runs and struck four sixes in his innings.
Guptill’s departure signaled the end of New Zealand chances as side could only manage 163 runs from their full quota of overs. Ross Taylor tried his best and was dismissed for 25 runs to see Pakistan take firm control of the game.
Zaman once again led the way with the bat before he was dismissed in rather controversial circumstances. New Zealand managed to claw things back in the middle overs before Amin’s late charge saw Pakistan post a competitive score on the board. Haris Sohail also chipped in with 12-ball 20 runs while Yamin also scored quick runs to see New Zealand lose the plot in the end overs of the innings.
Shadab Khan was named the man of the match for his fabulous performance with the ball. The leg-spinner took two wickets and conceded just 19 runs from his four overs.