All-round Anderson sinks Pakistan to claim 2-1 series victory for New Zealand
New Zealand 196-5 (Anderson 82no) beat
Pakistan 101 (Ahmed 41) by 95 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Wellington
Corey Anderson produced a majestic all-round performance helping New Zealand to a massive 95-run victory against Pakistan in the third Twenty20 International in Wellington and thereby winning the series 2-1.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first in overcast conditions. Martin Guptill (42) got the innings underway with two fours and a six in the first over.
He followed it up with three more boundaries and a six in the next two overs as New Zealand reached the fifty-run mark in the fifth over.
At the end of the powerplay, Guptill got a top edge while trying to slog Shahid Afridi (1-27) and was caught at mid-wicket. New Zealand were 57 for one at the stage.
In the next over, an accurate throw from Mohammad Rizwan caught Colin Munro (4) short of the crease.
Kane Williamson (33) struck two fours and a six to push New Zealand to 85 for two at the half-way mark.
However, in the next over, Williamson holed out to long on off Wahab Riaz (2-43). After a short stay at the crease, Ross Taylor (6 retired hurt) went off the field clutching his side.
Anderson (82 not out) continued his positive approach and brought up his fifty in just 27 balls. 31 runs came from overs 17 and 18 combined but at the cost of Grant Elliott (19), who was run out.
Despite losing Luke Ronchi (1), New Zealand scored 13 runs off the penultimate over while Mohammad Amir (0-35) conceded eight runs in the final over.
With Anderson unbeaten on 82, the Black Caps finished with 196 for five in their quota of 20 overs. 67 runs came off the final five overs for New Zealand. Riaz took two wickets while Afridi had one to his name.
Pakistan got off to a worst possible start in the chase losing their top three batsmen inside three overs.
Shoaib Malik (14) struck three boundaries in the fourth over but fell to Anderson (2-17) in the next over, caught brilliantly by Mitchell McClenaghan (0-15). Pakistan managed only 42 for four in the powerplay.
Umar Akmal's (5) 13-ball cameo ended when he was caught at deep square leg to give Adam Milne (3-8) his first wicket in the game. After nine overs, Pakistan were 55 for five.
Afridi (8) anounced his arrival with a six but Elliott (3-7) struck twice in the 12th over to dismiss the Pakistan captain along with Imad Wasim (0).
The only resistance in the Pakistan innings came in the form of Sarfraz Ahmed (41) as they were eventually dismissed for 101 in 16.1 overs.
New Zealand won the game by 95 runs and with that the series too with the margin of 2-1.
Anderson was awarded the man of the match for his all-round effort. The action now shifts to the One-Day International leg which begins on 25th January.
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