Pakistan bagged their second consecutive T20I series sweep with Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez at the centre of it all. The green shirts defeated New Zealand in this third and final match by 47 runs on 4th November. They had already defeated Australia by 3-0 wins in the previous 3-match T20I series. Once Pakistan had reached 166 for 3 courtesweby of Babar and Hafeez, the match was already over for New Zealand. The kiwis ended it with 119 and were then bowled out in 16.5 overs.
Kane Williamson had had this to say at the end of the second match:
“Pakistan have a clear pattern of play which they have executed in the last few matches here at UAE. It is important to be a bit better all round. You are always looking for wickets and how you are getting it matters in different conditions”.
Williamson knew what to expect when Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat.
New Zealand started off well initially with Setch Rance and Tim Southee doing exceptionally well in the first 5 overs. They continued to do well with 33 runs until the 11th over began.
Pakistan turned the tables on them. Hafeez bagged two successive sixes against Ish Sodhi. Babar took on Colin Munro in the 15th over and took Pakistan to 112 for 1. In the midst of all this, Babar also became the quickest to cross 1000 runs in the T20Is on the 48. Babar took 26 innings and beat Virat Kohli’s record of 27.
Colin de Grandhomme dismissed Babar but not without him first smashing a 58-ball 79. Shoaib Malik achieved a 9-ball 19 Hafeez finished undefeated on 53.
Munro and Phillips then stepped up. Munro was bowled by Faheem Ashraf immediately while Grandhomme was run out. This left the team at 13 for 2. They continued to struggle against Pakistan for a fighting chance but to no avail. Their captain achieved his 9th half century in the 11th over off 32 balls but that too didn’t do much.
He was, however, able to keep his team afloat enough with 71 needed in the last 8 overs. Shadab Khan snuffed out all hope however. The kiwis quickly fell from 96 for 2 to 104 for 7. This is New Zealand’s 8th loss in their last 9 T20I chases.
Pakistan 166/3 in 20 overs (Babar Azam 79, Mohammad Hafeez 53*; Colin de Grandhomme 2-41) beat New Zealand 119 in 16.5 overs (Kane Williamson 60; Shadab Khan 3-30) by 47 runs.