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Pakistan Snags a Clutch 11th Consecutive T20I Series Win

Pakistan got down to business on 2nd November as the well-disciplined win against New Zealand in the T20I series. This was their 8th successive T20I match win and their 11th successive series win this format.

The green shirts chased down a difficult 154 with two balls to spare. They then achieved an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series against New Zealand with slight difficulties in the later stages.

Bringing in Fakhar Zaman proved to be a brilliant decision as he kick-started the chase with consecutive boundaries. Babar Azam put forth a comparatively slower pace. Zaman gave Pakistan the perfect start before Kane Williamson ended his run. Asif Ali then took Pakistan to a solid standing as they achieved 75 for 1 at the halfway mark.

New Zealand seemed to be recovering as they dismissed Babar and Asif near the end. However, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik guaranteed a smooth run for Pakistan. Pakistan still needed 40 from the final four overs. Relief came as Hafeez obliterated Ish Sodhi for a few sixes and Malik achieved one in the next over. The team lost Mailk but achieved the final seven needed from the final over.

Initially, New Zealand had been able to achieve a fighting total following the troublesome middle overs thanks to Corey Anderson. They had made an excellent start after winning the toss. Colin Munro had kicked things off with a 6 of the first ball. Pakistan was careless in the field and handed Munro several chances as he kept getting boundary.

Glenn Phillips gave a highly forgettable outing with a dismissal for a 12 ball 5. New Zealand fell down hard immediately after as Munro inside edged while trying for a slog to get stumped.

Pakistan spinners brought New Zealand’s run to a screeching halt. New Zealand crumbled and regularly lost wickets. There was mistiming from Colin de Grandhomme and then Ross Taylor’s tragic run out for 3.

Anderson attempted to fight back and finished undisputed on 44 however it was nowhere near enough.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 153/7 in 20 overs (Corey Anderson 44*, Colin Munro 44; Shaheen Afridi 3-20) lost to Pakistan 154/4 in 19.4 overs (Babar Azam 40, Asif Ali 38; Adam Milne 2-25) by 6 wickets.

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