New Zealand crush Pak­istan to take Twenty20 se­ries

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

HAMIL­TON, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand wrapped up their Twenty20 cricket se­ries against Pak­istan with a match to spare when they blasted their way to a 39-run win in the sec­ond match here Tues­day.

Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan were the prin­ci­pal con­trib­u­tors to a 79-run on­slaught in five overs which swung the match New Zealand's way in the sec­ond half of their in­nings of 185 for seven.

Pak­istan made a valiant start to the run chase and were 58 for one af­ter six overs be­fore their bat­ting was robbed of its im­pe­tus by the twin-spin at­tack in the mid­dle eight overs.

Man-of-the-match Nathan McCul­lum took four for 16 off his four overs while debu­tant Luke Wood­cock took none for 20 and at the close of their in­nings Pak­istan were 146 for nine.

It was a good re­cov­ery for New Zealand who lost the toss, were sent in to bat on an un­favourable wicket and im­me­di­ately lost opener Jesse Ry­der on the first ball of the match.

But from then, the New Zealand were in con­trol with Martin Gup­till and James Franklin star­ring in a 90-run stand for the sec­ond wicket.

Gup­till, who blazed 54 from 29 balls in the first match, com­piled a brisk 44, in­clud­ing three sixes and three fours, from 28 de­liv­er­ies while Franklin, newly pro­moted from six to three, made 44.

Both wick­ets fell in the space of five balls leav­ing Styris and then McGlashan to con­tinue the ini­tia­tive while skip­per Ross Tay­lor an­chored the other end. Styris, who came in at the fall of Franklin's wicket, clout- ed 34 off 14 balls and with his de­par­ture McGlashan com­bined a mix­ture of ortho­dox shots and re­verse sweeps to belt 26 from 10 de­liv­er­ies.

Tay­lor was un­beaten on 30 at the end of the in­nings while Saeed Aj­mal re­turned the best fig­ures for Pak­istan with three for 35 off his four overs.

Mo­hammed Hafeez and Shahid Afridi made a fiery start to Pak­istan's re­ply and raced to 24 off 11 balls be­fore Kyle Mills was for­tu­itously re­warded for a rank full toss which Afridi missed and was bowled for seven. -Afp

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