2nd T20I – New Zealand overwhelm Pakistan by 9 wickets to take Series
New Zealand overwhelmed Pakistan by 9 wickets, in the 2nd T20I, at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra today thanks to strong performances by Tim Seifert 84*, Kane Williamson 57*and Tim Southee 4-21.
New Zealand 164 - 1
Pakistan 163 - 6
Result - New Zealand won by 9 wickets
Match Report - Salim Parvez
Kiwis continue to fly high
Pakistan one down in the three-match series, needed to be at their sharpest, which they were not, in the second game at Hamilton. New Zealand pair of Tim Seifert (84 not out) and Kane Williamson (57 not out) lead their side to a comfortable 9 wicket win, with emphatic ease. A masterclass of a batting display in a T20 run-chase – 129 runs in 15.5 overs in the most calm and calculated manner - that might serve well for Pakistan batsmen, going forward. The scorecard might indicate a close finish but it was certainly not the case.
Pakistan choosing to bat first in a night match, relied entirely on their 40-yearold veteran, Mohammad Hafeez, who was unfortunate to finish, one run short of what would have been, only the second hundred for his country in a T20I, for their final total of 163-6. Hafeez, at his most destructive best without ever looking agricultural only faced 57 balls and hit 10 fours and 5 sixes. His superb effort will feature prominently in his white-ball career, once he hangs up his boots. New Zealand leaked 44 runs in the last overs but were facing another below-par total. Pakistan without Babar Azam seems half the side and Tim Southee (4-34) exposed the inexperience of Asadullah Shafiq and Haider Ali, on a surface with good bounce. In fact an ideal for a T20 contest.
Chasing Pakistan’s total, Martin Guptill was keen to take on Haris Rauf, the tourists’ best bowler in the opening game and the opposition were relieved to see the back of him when he holed out in the deep after contributing 21 off 11 balls with 2 sixes already. Kane Williamson, back to captain and refocus on the game, after attending to family needs, edged a catching height boundary between the wicket-keeper and the first slip, to get off the mark off Haris. He is a cool customer and a classy batsman in all three formats and Pakistan would have dearly liked to see snap his wicket, early on.
Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert, pushed up to open the innings after a blast at Auckland, dealt mainly in boundaries early on and had fifty to his name off 33 balls. His three spectacular sixes in one over (No.7) from Wahab Riaz was evidence of how far his game has come up in the last year or so, in white-ball cricket. New Zealand 46-1 after six overs’ of powerplay were sitting pretty at 91-1 after 10 overs, having brought the required run-rate down to 7.30.
T20I is no longer a stroll in the park, as Pakistan players would have found out today in New Zealand. Shortest of the three international formats, based on sense of urgency, it leads to a different level of intensity for both players and the spectators. The absence of their captain has really hurt the tourists and their bowlers are not carrying much venom either, at least in these conditions in New Zealand.
Tim Southee was voted ANZ Player of the Match for his spell of 4-21 off 4 overs.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(wk), Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Pakistan - Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan(c), Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Start Time: 06:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra
Officials: Christopher Brown, Shaun Haig, Wayne Knights, Ashley Mehrotra, Jeffrey Crowe
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