Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi protected 17 keeps running in the last over as Pakistan crushed New Zealand by two keeps running in an exciting completion to the initial Twenty20 global in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
New Zealand required six off the last conveyance to tie the match yet experienced batsman Ross Taylor oversaw only a limit as New Zealand – set 149 to win – completed at 146-6 at Sheik Zayed Stadium.
The triumph gave world number one positioned Pakistan their seventh continuous win since July and fifteenth in 17 Twenty20 internationals this year.
Pakistan, who are doing great subsequent to whitewashing Australia 3-0 in Dubai on Sunday, now have a 1-0 lead in the three-coordinate arrangement with the last two matches in Dubai on Friday and Sunday.
Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 45 in Pakistan’s 148-6 after they won the hurl and batted.
Taylor completed with a 26-ball 42 not out with three limits but rather couldn’t keep the run rate down as New Zealand required 53 in the last five overs.
That was interestingly from the initial five overs of their innings, commanded by opener Colin Munro’s 42-ball 58 with three sixes and six limits.
Pakistan’s changed rocking the bowling alley, driven by Hasan Ali with 3-35, pulled them back essentially.
Munro opened up in style, hiting two sixes and a four off Imad Wasim’s fifth over of the innings previously welcoming Hasan with a six and a limit to finish New Zealand’s fifty in only 5.4 overs.
Be that as it may, Pakistan expelled Glenn Phillips (12), Munro, skipper Kane Williamson (11) and Colin de Grandhomme (six) as New Zealand slowed down at 89-4.
Pakistan chief Sarfraz Ahmed lauded his group’s ‘never amazing’ in playing.
“New Zealand are an intense group, yet we knew overs 6-12 were critical and we needed to limit them there,” said Sarfraz.
“I thought Shaheen and Hasan were sublime and we were by and by driven commendably by bowlers.”
Williamson trusted his group approached triumph.
“We weren’t far away, I thought we were very useful for extensive parts,” said Williamson. “Pakistan pulled back after Munro’s thump – they are world number one which is as it should be.”
Prior, Pakistan lost in-frame Babar Azam for seven in the third finished while Sahibzada Farhan succumbed to one as they attempted to 10-2 preceding Hafeez and Asif Ali (24) lifted them amid their 67-run remain for the third wicket.
Hafeez hit five limits and a six in his 36-ball thump while Asif’s 21-ball innings had a six and a limit.
Pakistan oversaw 81 keeps running in the last ten overs with Sarfraz contributing with a 26-ball 34 which had three limits and a six.
Imad Wasim crushed a six and limit in the last over to complete with 14 not out while Faheem Ashraf made 10 not out.
For New Zealand, pace bowler Adam Milne completed with 2-28 while Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi and de Grandhomme took a wicket each.