Pakistan set 106 target against dominant New Zealand in first T20I

Pakistan set 106 target against dominant New Zealand in first T20I

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WELLINGTON: The Pakistani batsmen crumbled again in first T20 International against New Zealand at Westpac stadium in Wallington to leave their team put a total of 105 on board with 2 balls remaining,  after a humiliating 5-0 clean sweep in the ODI series earlier.

Winning the toss, the Black Caps invited Green Shirts to bat first.

The top order disappointed yet again after quick dismissal of three batsmen. Right-arm pacer Tim Southee dismissed Fakhar Zaman at 3 and Mohammad Nawaz at 7.

Pakistan were only 22 when it lost four wickets. Babar Azam’s partnership with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could not last long as Sarfraz was dismissed stumped at 9.

Half of the team was sent back to the pavilion after putting 38 runs on board. The middle order batsmen and tailenders again resisted the Kewis bowlers and drove the visiting team to 105.

Babar Azam was the top scorer with 41 runs off 41 balls, followed by 23 runs off 12 by Hasan Ali.

Earlier in ODI series, the Green Shirts suffering a 5-0 whitewash against the Black Caps.

Having an upper-hand over the Green Shirts, New Zealand on Friday registered another victory against Pakistan by 15 runs in the fifth and final ODI, completing a 5-0 clean sweep.

Chasing a respectable target of 272, the visitors managed to put up a decent fight with 256 runs on board for all out and six balls remaining.

The top order disappointed yet again after quick dismissal of three batsmen. Right-arm pacer Matt Henry dismissed Umar Amin at 2, Fakhar Zaman at 12 and Babar Azam at 10.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Umar Amin, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashradf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (capt), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance.

Umpires: Wayne Knights (NZL), Chris Brown (NZL)

TV Umpire: Shaun Haig (NZL)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)

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