PTV Sports Live Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20
HAMILTON, New Zealand: The 2nd T20 between Pakistan and New Zealand is expected to be another high scoring game when the two teams will meet again on Sunday at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Pakistan is leading the three-match series 1-0 and if they continue to play excellent cricket like one was witnessed in Auckland on Friday, the green shirts will be very much bagging the series. It was Muhammad Hafeez’s 61 runs and then Shahid Afridi’s 23 off just 8 balls in the 1st T20 which helped Pakistan put a very much dependable score (171) on board, especially having experienced and quality bowling attack like Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Amir.
In the end, 16 runs victory over New Zealand reflected Pakistan’s exceptional bowling performance in the past especially when the team scores 150 runs or more in 20 overs while batting first.
In 25 T20 games in which Pakistan scored 150 or more runs, they won 23 games, lost only 1 while one match ended in a tie but won in super over.
In the 1st T20, Shahid Afridi used 5 bowlers including himself to restrict New Zealand within 171 runs. All the bowlers made their valuable contributions and took wickets. The left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz grabbed 3 wickets, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul took 2 each while Muhammad Amir and Imad Wasim secured 1 wicket each.
Except Kane Williamson and Colin Munro, no New Zealand batsman managed to create any kind of trouble for Pakistani bowlers. In the end, New Zealand was all out for 155, falling 16 runs short to achieve the target.
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