New Zealand overturn Pakistan by 5 wickets in 1st T20I
New Zealand chased down a moderate total of 153-9 set by Pakistan in the 1st T20I at Eden Park, Auckland today, winning by 5 wickets.
New Zealand 156-5 (18.5)
Pakistan 153-9 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Abdullah Shafique - 1.4 ov), 2-20 (Mohammad Rizwan - 3.5 ov), 3-20 (Mohammad Hafeez - 3.6 ov), 4-20 (Haider Ali - 4.1 ov), 5-39 (Khushdil Shah - 8.2 ov), 6-79 (Imad Wasim - 13.4 ov), 7-114 (Shadab Khan - 17.1 ov), 8-136 (Wahab Riaz - 18.3 ov), 9-149 (Faheem Ashraf - 19.3 ov)
Result - New Zealand won by 5 wickets
A fifty from Tim Seifert and useful knocks from the middle-order batsmen guide New Zealand to a five-wicket win in the first T20I ?? #NZvPAK SCORECARD ?? https://t.co/sBocSjjO8S pic.twitter.com/AQAAtZqe4I— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2020
Match Report- Salim Parvez
New Zealand edge out Pakistan at Eden Park
Pakistan made a poor start to the three-match T20I series against New Zealand in a day-night match at Auckland, recovered to compete but still could not come up with triumphs. The host without three key players – Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee – were home with 7 balls to spare with a six over fine-leg by Mitchell Santner, the stand-in captain.
Shadab Khan, leading Pakistan for the first time, in the absence of injured Babar Azam, chose to bat first and saw the top half of the side blown away in no time. The fall of Khushdil Shah in the 9th over was New Zealand’s fifth wicket and they had a stranglehold with only 39 runs on the board. Thankfully with Shadab still at the crease, he rallied the late order to reach a competitive 153-9.
A captain’s cameo was worth 42 off 32 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes before he became debutante paceman Jacob Duffy’s fourth wicket of his four-over spell that would win him ‘Player of the Match’ award. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf, having faced criticism lately for his below par contribution with the bat, chose Auckland to show his undoubted talent. The left-handed needed only 18 balls to chip in with a timely 31 with 2 four and three sixes and contributed in Pakistan adding 53 runs in the last 4 overs.
Martin Guptill’s early departure was a perfect start for Pakistan as he fell to a brilliant outfield catch by Shadab off Shaheen Afridi. New Zealand reached 50 in the 8th over and were not far behind the clock and sound knowledge of the size of the boundaries was certainly going to help with their shot selection. At the half way stage Pakistan were just ahead by restricting the home side to 72-3 and could only win the contest by keep taking wickets.
Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert had read the situation well and was content with an odd boundary and then putting the fielding side under pressure by smart running. His departure for 57 off 43 balls with 6 fours and a six, gave Pakistan an opening they needed. One feels over No.16 bowled by Wahab Riaz, decided the outcome of this match when Mark Chapman dropped at fine leg by Faheem, hit a six and two fours and the game had run away from Pakistan. His 34 off 20 balls eased the pressure which had primarily been created by Haris Rauf, easily Pakistan’s best bowler with 3-29 off his 4 overs.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(wk), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner(c), Mark Chapman, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner
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: Eden Park, Auckland
Officials: Shaun Haig, Wayne Knights, Christopher Brown, Ashley Mehrotra, Jeffrey Crowe
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