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Pakistan Win 11th Successive T20I Series

Pakistan Win 11th Successive T20I Series Photo: TT

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in Dubai to take an unassailable two matches to nil lead in their best of three series, reaching their victory target with two balls to spare. This meant they have now won 11 successive T20I series, bolstering a brilliant record.

After their narrow win in the first match on Wednesday, Pakistan decided to bring in Fakhar Zhaman for Sahibzada Farhan. New Zealand meanwhile were unchanged, and it was they who won the toss in Dubai and opted to bat first.

Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips helped New Zealand get off to a fast start with a partnership of 50 although it was a completely unbalanced one, Munro scoring 43 in contrast to Phillips who scored only five before he have an outside edge and was caught behind off the bowling of Shaheen Afridi.

His dismissal saw his side lose their way a bit as Munro departed for 44, stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez, having hit 2 sixes. Colin de Grandhomme tried to force the pace and skied Imad Wasim to Shoaib Malik, and then Ross Taylor failed to beat a throw from the fence and was run out.

Their captain Kane Williamson helped stage a recovery with Corey Anderson, and the pair put on 42 for the fifth wicket before Williamson steered a ball from Afridi straight to square leg and departed for 37. Anderson and Tim Seiffert then shared a quick stand of 23, and, although Seiffert gave Afridi third wicket, Anderson helped steer his side to 153 – 7. He finished on 44 not out, having struck 2 sixes.

Babar Azam and Zaman looked to give their side a fast start, and the pair added 40 for the first wicket before Zaman departed for 24, caught by Williamson with a one-handed catch by Williamson at mid-off for 24, Adam Milne the bowler. Azam and Asif Ali then looked to press home their side’s advantage, although Ali survived a drop by de Grandhomme early in his innings. Together the pair shared a stand of 56, which was ended when Babar, having reached 40, was caught at mid-off by a substitute fieldsman, off the bowling of Southee.

Ali and Mohammad Hafeez then added 18 before Ali fell, lbw to Munro for 38. He had struck 2 sixes in that total. Hafeez and Malik then looked to see their side home, but New Zealand hopes were raised when Malik holed out of the second ball of the last over, with Milne again the bowler. However, the Pakistan skipper then got the winning runs, hitting a four to claim victory. He finished on 34 not out, having hit 2 sixes and a four.

Afridi with his 3 for 20 was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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