Pakistan beat New Zealand in first T20 match
AUKLAND (92 News) – Pakistan on Friday beat New Zealand by 16 runs in the first T20 of three-match series against Pakistan at Auckland’s Eden Garden Stadium as Pakistan’s pacer Muhammad Amir made a comeback to international cricket.
Pakistan set 172 runs target while New Zealand could score 155 runs in the given 20 overs. Pakistan’s opener Mohammad Hafeez brilliantly scored 61 runs off 47 balls while Shahid Afridi hammered 23 runs off 8 balls only. He hit 2 sixes and 2 fours.
New Zealand’s AF Milne picked four wickets against 37 runs. While chasing the target New Zealand skipper Williamson scored 70 runs off 60 balls. Munro smashed 56 runs off 27 balls only. Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz got three wickets, and Umer Gul and Shahid Afridi each picked two wickets. Muhammad Amir bagged one wicket.
This was the first match for fast bowler Mohammad Amir who played his first international match after a five-year ban over spot-fixing. Amir’s part in his international return was relatively low-key. He had Williamson dropped off his bowling in the fourth over, then had another straightforward catch spilled towards the end of the match. He eventually took the wicket of Matt Henry in the penultimate over to finish with figures of 1 for 31 from four overs.
Shahid Afridi declared Man of the match for his brilliant all round performance.