Rizwan give Pakistan the consolation win, NZ takes series 2-1
Mohammad Rizwan, who will be who will be leading Pakistan in the 1st Test in the absence of injured Babar Azam, has led the chase and given Pakistan the consolation win in the third and final T20I match. After setting up the target of 174, NZ were quite comfortable but Rizwan stayed at the crease till the very last and guided his team to a four-wicket win. Mohammad Hafeez also hit crucial 41 runs off 29 balls in the process.
The third and final T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan was scheduled at the McLean Park, Napier. New Zealand were eyeing a clean-sweeping of the series having won the first two matches of the series. After getting to a score of 173 on the back of strong performances by NZ batsmen led by Devon Conway by his 63 runs, Pakistan completed the chase in the final over with two balls to spare. New Zealand won the series 2-1.
New Zealand innings – Conway leads strong performances from batsmen
Pakistan won the toss and put New Zealand to bat first in the third and final T20I match of the series. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert, who is in tremendous form, arrived at the crease as the New Zealander openers.
Like previous matches, it was once again a good strong start by the opening pair. Hitting boundaries and sixes on the quick partnership of 40 runs before Guptill was out caught at mid-off by Shadab Khan off Haris Rauf after plundering the bowler for a six on the previous ball. And Rauf celebrated the wicket in style.
Kane Williamson arrived at the crease but only for a short stay. In his four-ball stay, he faced plenty a low-bounced delivery before chopping on another low-bounced delivery at a pitch where in the previous overs the ball has flown to the keeper.
Faheem Ashraf was the bowler to remove Williamson and then he went on to remove Tim Seifert in his next over. Cleaning him with good bowling. At crease now, Devon Conway and Glenn Philips.
Getting some runs and losing wickets, that was New Zealand innings in the middle overs by Conway made sure that he stuck to the other end. He plundered seven boundaries and one six in his innings of 63 runs off 45 balls and was out in the final over.
New Zealand finished their innings at 173-7.
Faheem Ashraf was the bowlers among those who were hit all across the park. He picked up three wicket for mere 20 runs. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf picked up a couple of wickets each but both went for more than 10-run an over.
Pakistan innings – Rizwan leads Paksitan to save from whitewash
In the previous two matches, Pakistan batted first and New Zealand chased the score comfortably but in this match, they decided to chase the score.
Mohammad Rizwan, who had bad two outings in the previous matches, came out to bat with Haider Ali, who also didn’t have spent a good time either on the crease.
This time, the partnership did start well unlike the previous two games mainly because of Rizwan who started aggressively. But Haider lost his wicket in the sixth over. Out came Pakistan’s best batsmen of the series, Mohammad Hafeez who smoked a not out 99 runs in the second match but yet Pakistan lost the game.
The pair then added 72 runs in their stay at the crease. All bowlers were hit by the two senior men. Finally Scott Kuggeleijn managed to take the wicket of Hafeez to dent the chase. Pakistan now, 112-2 at the 13.3 over mark and still needing 52 runs off 39 balls.
Finally, Pakistan managed to score all the runs despite losing some quick wickets in the middle. Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, and Shadab Khan all lost their wickets but Rizwan stayed till the final over. He was dismissed on the second delivery of the final over with Pakistan still needing three runs to win which they managed to do. Pakistan won the third T20I.
Tim Southee and Scott Kuggeleijn picked up a couple of wickets each.
Mohammad Rizwan was the man of the match of the night for his 89 runs off 59 balls including 10 fours and 3 sixes.
Tim Seifert was the man of the series for his 176 runs in three matches.
Man of the Match: Mohammad Rizwan
Man of the Series: Tim Seifert
Result: Pakistan won by 4 wickets and New Zealand won the three-match T20I series 2-1