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New Zealand goes up by 1-0 in three matches T20 series.
New Zeland continues to maintain their unbeaten strike against Pakistan. Visitors still need to open their account on the tour.
The 1st T20 match between both the side played at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.Where New Zealand won the toss and opt to bowl. Pakistan batting struggled once again to cope up with Kiwis bowling attack.
New Zeland pace battery drilled Pakistan top order from the start of their innings. Only two batsmen of visitors able to cross two digit score in their innings. Babar Azam was the highest run-getter for Pakistan side with 41 runs.
While fast bowler Hasan Ali also played the fiery small knock of 23 runs in just 12 balls to take his hide over 100 runs. Pakistan could only able to post the target of 105 runs and get All-out. Captain Tim Southee was the most economical and most wicket taking bowler in the match. He picked 3 wickets for 13 runs. Seth Rance and Mitchell Santner also gave his good support with the ball by picking 3&2 wickets.
Chasing seemed to be easy for Powerpack New Zeland side. But Pakistan bowlers to come hard in their bowling. Theirs inform fast bowler Rumman Raees provide Pakistan early breakthrough of Martin Guptill & Glenn Phillips within 4 overs.
Even though after quick wickets. New Zeland played sensibly as Colin Munro (49)and Tom Bruce( 26) create a crucial 49 runs partnership. After the wicket of Tom Bruce. Ross Taylor comes with the different mindset as he charged Pakistan bowlers to the boundaries. He scored quick unbeaten 22 runs in 13 balls.
He creates another 49 runs partnership with Munro to take New Zeland home. Kiwis chased the target in 15.3 overs. They won the match comfortably by 7 wickets.
Rumman Raees won’t get much assistance from other Pakistan bowlers. What we see from New Zeland side as their 3 bowlers took 8 wickets.
Note: Colin Munro was declared Player of the Match.