Pakistan vs New Zealand: The Pakistan team, who went on a tour to New Zealand, also suffered a loss in the second T20. In this way, New Zealand have captured the series with a 2–0 lead in the three T20 matches. New Zealand achieved the target of 164 runs with 9 wickets remaining due to a 129-run partnership between wicketkeeper batsman Tim Siffert and Kane Williamson. Pakistan’s only wicket was taken by Faheem Ashraf. Earlier, Pakistan batted first and scored 163 runs at the loss of 6 wickets.
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The final and third T20 matches are scheduled to be played on 22 December. In addition to the T20 series, Pakistan has to play a two-Test series. The first Test will be played at Mount Moungnui from 26 December and the second Test at Christchurch from 3 January.
Pakistan Lost Two Wickets for 16 Runs
In the absence of Babar Azam, captain Shadab Khan won the toss and decided to bat first. Pakistan lost their two wickets for 16 runs. Hyder Ali returned to the pavilion after scoring eight runs. After that Abdullah Shafiq, who came for batting, also returned to the pavilion without scoring. After that Mohammad Hafiz, along with Mohammad Rizwan, tried to handle Pakistan’s innings.
Together, the team’s score went from 16 runs to 33 runs. After that Rizwan also returned to the pavilion after scoring 22 runs. Hafiz scored 57 not out facing 57 balls. On the other hand, New Zealand bowler Tim Southee took 4 wickets for 21 runs in 4 overs.
New Zealand Achieved the Target with 4 Balls Remaining
The New Zealand team, which achieved the target, defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets by scoring 164 runs with 4 balls remaining. New Zealand lost their first wicket for 35 runs. Opener Martin Guptill was dismissed for 21 runs. He caught Harish Rauf off Faheem Ashraf’s ball. Tim Siffert and Kane Williamson then handled the innings. There was a 129-run partnership between the two. Kane Williamson faced 57 off 42 balls and Siffert scored 84 off 63 balls.
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Hafeez is the third batsman in the world to remain unbeaten on 99 runs in T20 Internationals. Before them England’s Luke Wright and David Malan could not reach a century by one run. England’s Alex Hales is the only batsman to be dismissed for 99 runs.
Williamson and Seifert, however, left no stone unturned in Hafeez’s efforts. Seifert hit eight fours and three sixes in his innings and Williamson hit eight fours and a six. The third and final T20 match will be played on 22 December in Napier. Pakistan vs New Zealand.