Pakistan beat New Zealand by four wickets in the last match of the three-match T20 International series on the basis of wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s best innings of 89 runs. The New Zealand team had already won the series after winning both the opening matches. The win, however, will boost Pakistan ahead of the two-match Test series that begins on December 26.
Rizwan, captaining in the absence of Babar Azam, scored 89 while opening. He hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 59-ball innings and scored his T20 international career best. His previous best was 33 not out. Due to this innings, Pakistan chased 174 runs for the victory, scoring 177 for six wickets with two balls to spare.
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Earlier, after losing the toss, New Zealand scored 173 for seven wickets in 20 overs. For him, Devon Conway contributed 63 off 45 balls while wicketkeeper Team Siffert contributed 35 off 20 balls and Glenn Phillips contributed 31 off 20 balls. Faheem Ashraf took three wickets for Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf had two successes each.
Chasing the target, Rizwan laid a solid foundation of 40 for the first wicket with Hyder Ali (11) and a 72-run partnership with Mohammad Hafeez (41) for the second wicket. When he was out, Pakistan’s score was 171 for six wickets. The team needed three runs off four balls to win, but Iftikar Ahmed hit a six off Kyle Jamieson (1 for 22) to ensure Pakistan’s victory. Tim Southee and Scott Kuglijan took 2–2 wickets each for New Zealand.