Pak­istan thrash New Zealand by 103 runs in 3rd T20

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

CHRISTCHURCH: Shahid Afridi and All Rounder Ab­dul Razaak took seven wick­ets be­tween them as Pak­istan out­classed the Ki­wis in the third Twenty20 in Christchurch on Thurs­day.

New Zealand team was all out at 80 runs de­feated by 103 runs big mar­gin in the last Twenty20 of the se­ries. The home side won the se­ries 2-1.

Cap­tain Afridi grabbed four wick­ets for 14 runs but the star of the match was un­doubt­edly Ab­dul Raz­zaq, who ham­mered 34 off 11 de­liv­er­ies be­fore tak­ing three top-or­der wick­ets for 13.

Pak­istan set 184 runs tar­get af­ter win­ning the toss and elected to bat first, how­ever New Zealand team was all out for just 80 runs as only vet­eran Scott Styris scored 45 runs.

Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez pro­vided good open­ing to the vis­i­tors. Shahzad scored fifty in the match. Ear­lier Pak­istan set New Zealand a chal­leng­ing to­tal for vic­tory in the third Twenty20 in Christchurch af­ter an ex­plo­sive open­ing part­ner­ship and some late Ab­dul Raz­zaq fire­works pro­pelled them to 183, de­spite a mini col­lapse in the mid­dle overs. Ahmed She­hzad and Mo­ham­mad Hafeez cap­i­talised on er­rant lengths from the New Zealand pace­men to get the in­nings un­der­way, and an 11ball Raz­zaq spe­cial launched Pak­istan to a to­tal that seemed far out of reach, mid-way through the 19th over.

Pak­istan were away with a bound­ary off the first ball for the third match run­ning, but this time the open­ers en­sured the start wasn't wasted with an 81-run part­ner­ship. She­hzad smashed Adam Milne for three con­sec­u­tive bound­aries in his sec­ond over, be­fore re­peat­ing the dose for Tim Southee soon af­ter.

The mid-wicket fence was pinged re­peat­edly as She­hzad got un­der any­thing on a length, but he was good enough to cash in on the fuller de­liv­er­ies as well, send­ing them rock­et­ing through cover. Nathan McCul­lum's first over cost four runs and the wick­ets be­gan to tum­ble in the mid­dle as the run-rate dived. -PB News

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