Breaking News

Pakistan aim series-win, New Zealand eye comeback in second T20I

Image result for Pakistan aim series-win, New Zealand eye comeback in second T20I
Pakistan and New Zealand will face each other in the second T20 international of a three-match series later today at Dubai International Stadium as both teams eye victories.
The green team beat New Zealand by 2-runs in a thrilling contest at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, improving their record to 15 wins out of 17 in T20Is in 2018.
Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
New Zealand needed six off the last delivery to tie the match but experienced batsman Ross Taylor managed just a boundary as New Zealand — set 149 to win — finished at 146-6 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The victory gave world number one ranked Pakistan their seventh consecutive win since July and 15th in 17 Twenty20 internationals this year.
Pakistan, who are on a roll after whitewashing Australia 3-0 in Dubai on Sunday, now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the last two matches in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 45 in Pakistan´s 148-6 after they won the toss and batted.
Taylor finished with a 26-ball 42 not out with three boundaries but could not keep the run rate down as New Zealand needed 53 in the last five overs. That was in contrast from the first five overs of their innings, dominated by opener Colin Munro´s 42-ball 58 with three sixes and six boundaries.
Pakistan´s varied bowling, led by Hasan Ali with 3-35, pulled them back significantly. Munro opened up in style, hiting two sixes and a four off Imad Wasim´s fifth over of the innings before greeting Hasan with a six and a boundary to complete New Zealand´s fifty in just 5.4 overs. But Pakistan dismissed Glenn Phillips (12), Munro, captain Kane Williamson (11) and Colin de Grandhomme (six) as New Zealand stalled at 89-4

No comments