Shaheen Afridi stars as Pakistan beat New Zealand in 2nd T20I to take series

first_imgTeenager Shaheen Afridi starred for Pakistan in their six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday. Shaheen’s return of 3/20 did not allow the New Zealand batsmen to get going as Pakistan took control of the match.With the win, Pakistan did not only win the three-T20I series, with one match remaining, they also registered their 11th straight T20I series win since the run started in 2016. Pakistan’s magnificent run in T20I cricket starting with a 1-0 win against England two years ago.It were the bowlers who once again did the job as Pakistan restricted New Zealand to a total of 153/7. Babar Azam once again came out as the highest run-scorer in the chase as Pakistan chased the total with two balls to spare.Pakistan had won the first T20I by a close margin to just two runs and in that match as well, Hasan Ali had starred with three wickets alongside Mohammad Hafeez’s 45 off 36 deliveries.Pakistan are the No.1 side in the world In T20Is according to ICC rankings and recently sweeped a three-match series against Australia as well.On Friday, New Zealand got off to a good start as their opener Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips (5) put up a 50-run partnership before the latter fell to Shaheen and became his first victim of the night.Munro (44) could not stick around for too long and followed his opening partnership into the pavilion in the very next over.advertisementCaptain Kane Williamson (37) did try to hold one side of the thread for some time but saw Colin de Grandhomme (4) and Ross Taylor (3) fall at the other end of the crease.New Zealand: 76/3 (12 ov). Live Updates: #PAKvNZ Official (@TheRealPCB) November 2, 2018After the dismissal of Taylor, Williamson and Corey Anderson did strike a good partnership of 42 runs but Williamson fell to Shaheen’s delivery.After that, Tim Seifert (11) and Tim Southee (0) got dismissed quickly as New Zealand could not put up a big target for Pakistan to chase.Apart from Shaheen, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez accounted for a wicket each.Pakistan’s chase began in a similar manner as their opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam got off with a 40-run partnership before Zaman (24) was caught out by the Kiwi skipper off Adam Milne delivery. Babar Azam was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan vs New Zealand in second T20I. (@TheRealPCB Photo)Azam and Asif Ali then stuck around and added 56 runs for the second wickets before Azam (40) fell to the experienced Southee.Asif (38), Hafeez (34 not out), Shoaib Malik (10) all contributed before captain Sarfraz Ahmed (0 not out) stood at the other end of the crease and saw Hafeez take Pakistan to victory.For New Zealand, Milne picked two wickets while Southee and Munro picked one wicket apiece.last_img

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