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Bowlers, Munro get New Zealand off to winning start in T20I series

Colin Munro continued his impressive form
Colin Munro continued his impressive form

New Zealand 106-3 (Munro 49no) beat
Pakistan 105 (Azam 41) by seven wickets
First Twenty20 International in Wellington

Tim Southee and Seth Rance picked three wickets apiece as New Zealand reduced Pakistan to 105 runs and later chased down in the 16th over with seven wickets in hand in the first Twenty20 International in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. Tim Southee (3-13) accounted for Fakhar Zaman (3) and Mohammad Nawaz (7) while Seth Rance (3-26) and Anaru Kitchen (1-3) dismissed Umar Amin (0) and Haris Sohail (9) respectively to leave the visitors reeling at 24 for four in the powerplay.

Pakistan's innings were dented further when Mitchell Santner (2-15) had Sarfraz Ahmed (9) stumped and in the very next delivery had Shadab Khan (0) caught behind and at halfway mark Pakistan were positioned 39 for six.

Babar Azam (41) and Hasan Ali (23) were the only batsmen to show some resilience as they shared 30-run stand for the eighth wicket but the Black Caps did well to keep Pakistan down to 105 in 19.4 overs.

In the chase, Martin Guptill (2) and Glenn Phillips (3) was dismissed by Rumman Raees (2-24) in the first four overs but Colin Munro (49 not out) and Tom Bruce (26) added 49 runs for the third wicket to consolidate the innings.

Shadab Khan (1-18) managed to remove Bruce in the 11th over but Munro and Ross Taylor (22 not out) with his 13-ball cameo saw the Black Caps complete the chase with ease in the 16th over with seven wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Munro, who scored unbeaten 49 and picked a wicket was declared the man of the match.

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