Tuesday, December 6, 2022

T20I tri-series: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

T20I tri-series: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

CHRISTCHURCH (92 News) - New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets in the fifth match of the T20I tri-series.

As the temperature dropped to 13 degrees centigrade at the Hagley Oval, Pakistan, who had defeated New Zealand in the earlier fixture by six wickets, managed only 130 for seven with 15 fours after electing to bat first. New Zealand, familiar with the conditions, faced no hurdles in racing to victory in 16.1 overs after Finn Allen and Devon Conway put on 117 runs for the first wicket in 13.3 overs.

Allen was dismissed after scoring 62 from 42 balls with one four and six sixes, while Conway returned unbeaten on 49 with five fours from 46 balls. Kane Williamson was the other not out batter with nine from as many deliveries.

Earlier, Pakistan failed to get the impetus into their innings and managed only 130 for seven. The highest partnership of the innings was for the sixth wicket when Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali put on 51 runs. Iftikhar’s run-a-ball 27 included three fours, while Asif Ali also struck three fours in a 20-ball 25 not out.

Babar Azam (21) and Mohammad Rizwan (16) had provided a 30-run first wicket start in 4.2 overs, but Pakistan slipped to 77 for five in 13.2 overs. Shan Masood scored 14, Shadab Khan managed eight and Haider Ali contributed eight.

For New Zealand, off-spinner Michael Bracewell exploited the conditions brilliantly on the slow pitch to finish with figures of 4-0-11-2. He was later adjudged player of the match. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner snapped up two wickets for 27 runs, while fast bowler Tim Southee claimed two wickets for 31 runs.

Pakistan and New Zealand have now played three matches each and won two apiece. Bangladesh are winless after two games. Bangladesh will take on New Zealand in a must-win match on Wednesday, before taking on Pakistan on Thursday.

The final between the top-two sides will be played on Friday.

Scores in brief:

New Zealand beat Pakistan by nine wickets

Pakistan 130-7, 20 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 27, Asif Ali 25 not out, Babar Azam 21, Mohammad Rizwan 16; Michael Bracewell 2-11, Mitchell Santner 2-27, Tim Southee 2-31)

New Zealand 131-1, 16.1 overs (Finn Allen 62, Devon Conway 49 not out)

Player of the match – Michael Bracewell (New Zealand)

Pakistan’s next match – vs Bangladesh, Thursday