Heavy T20 loss for NZ A in UAE

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT -

New Zealand A have been smashed by eight wick­ets by Pak­istan A, af­ter scor­ing just 65 in a Twenty20 cricket match in the United Arab Emi­rates.

Pace trio Waqas Maq­sood, Sha­heen Shah Afridi and Umaid Asif took nine wick­ets be­tween them to skit­tle New Zealand A, then the bats­men knocked off the tar­get with more than seven overs to spare, in the first match of the un­of­fi­cial se­ries.

Only cap­tain Corey An­der­son (16) and wick­et­keeper Tim Seifert (26 off 17 balls) made dou­ble fig­ures as New Zealand crum­bled to be all out af­ter 12.2 overs.

At one point New Zealand were 12-4, with open­ers Glenn Phillips (four) and George Worker (one) back in the pavil­ion with Mark Chap­man (three) and Tom Bruce (one).

New Zealand lost three early wick­ets to the open­ing com­bi­na­tion of Maq­sood and Afridi, find­ing them­selves at 11-3, with the lat­ter on a hat-trick af­ter hav­ing Chap­man caught be­hind then bowl­ing Worker.

First-change Asif tight­ened the noose, to fin­ish as the pick of the bowlers with 5-20, his best T20 fig­ures.

Only An­der­son and Seifert of­fered a mod­icum of re­sis­tance. Af­ter An­der­son dragged an Asif slower ball on to his stumps, the


A proven per­former on the test stage, pace­man Neil Wag­ner would love to don the coloured cloth­ing for New Zealand in white ball cricket.

Corey An­der­son scored 16 for NZ A.

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