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New Zealand Tie Series With 17-Run Win

Anton Devcich
Anton Devcich hit 21 for New Zealand, took two wickets and a catch
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New Zealand 144-8 (Williamson 32) beat
Pakistan 127 (Mills 3-26) by 17 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Dubai

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 17 runs in the second and final Twenty20 International in Dubai to ensure the two sides drew the series 1-1.

Batting first for the second time in two days, New Zealand posted 144 for eight, producing an improved display from the match which Pakistan won by seven wickets.

In reply, Pakistan failed to chase down their target, losing their last five wickets for 30 runs as they were bowled out for 127 in 18.5 overs.

After being invited to bat first, New Zealand were given a brisk start by Anton Devcich (21 in 20 balls) and Kane Williamson (32 in 31). They put on 49 for the first wicket before Pakistan fought back, led by Shahid Afridi, who took two for 33 by removing Williamson and Dean Brownlie (0).

Umar Gul also took a brace of wickets to peg New Zealand back after Tom Latham's 26 in 22 balls had given them fresh impetus.

However, the Black Caps were able to finish their innings strongly thanks to Luke Ronchi's 31 not out in 19 balls that included a four and two sixes.

Sohail Tanvir (1-30), Raza Hasan (1-24) and Mohamad Hafeez (1-20) were the other wicket-takers.

Although Ahmed Shezad marked his return to the side with 33 in 36 balls, Pakistan struggled early on as Devcich had Sarfraz Ahmed trapped in front for one and caught and bowled Hafeez for nine.

Matt Henry had Haris Sohail caught by Latham for three, Saad Nasim perished for 19 and when Shehzad was bowled by Dan Vettori, Pakistan were in big trouble at 74 for five in the 15th over.

Nevertheless, with Umar Akmal (10) and Afridi (28) at the crease, they retained some hope of getting back in the game but they could not turn this situation around.

Akmal was bowled by Neesham to leave the score 97 for six and although Afridi belted a four and three sixes during his 11-ball knock, he fell at the end of the 18th over, caught by Ronchi off Jimmy Neesham.

Anwar Ali (2), Tanvir (11) and Gul (0) fell to Kyle Mills at the end as the experienced pacer wrapped up figures of three for 26.

Devcich finished with two for 16, Henry one for nine and Vettori one for 28.

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