Tim Southee’s lethal bowling and a century partnership between skipper Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert helped New Zealand take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after beating Pakistan by nine wickets in the second T20 International cricket match here on Sunday. New Zealand had a target of 164 runs, which they achieved by losing one wicket in 19.2 overs.
Seifert (84 not out from 63 balls) and Williamson (57 not out from 42 balls) shared an unbroken 129-run partnership for the second wicket after opener Martin Guptill (21) was dismissed. Earlier, Southee took four wickets for 21 runs in four overs, allowing Pakistan to score 163 runs for six wickets despite an unbeaten 99 from experienced Mohammad Hafeez.
Hafeez played 57 balls in his innings. He hit 10 fours and five sixes but could not reach his first century. He hit the last three balls of the innings with a four and two sixes. Hafeez is the third batsman in the world to remain unbeaten on 99 runs in T20 Internationals. Before them England’s Luke Wright and David Malan could not reach a century by one run.
England’s Alex Hales is the only batsman to be dismissed for 99 runs. Williamson and Seifert, however, spared no effort in Hafeez’s efforts. Seifert hit eight fours and three sixes in his innings and Williamson hit eight fours and a six. The third and final T20 match will be played in Napier on 22 December.