On 22nd of January New Zealand beat Pakistan in the 3rd T20 by 95 runs. Here is the ball-by-ball analysis and scorecard.
By the time Corey Anderson limped of the field in the 15th over he had already turned the match and series in New Zealand’s favour. He smashed a innings of 82 of 42 balls which shot New Zealand to a total of 196. When he was bowling by his 2nd over he had taken 2 wickets to help reduce Pakistan to 36 for 4.
A good start was needed for Pakistan when they were chasing almost 200 buts that’s not what they got. Losing 4 wickets for only 36 runs in 6 overs. First went Mohammed Hafeez who didn’t get on top of a short one and then got caught on the off-side. In the next over, Ahmed Shehzad picked out a fielder in the deep of the leg-side, before Mohammed Rizwan ran himself out hurtling to towards his crease. Shoaib Malik struck 3 sweetly timed fours but then the run-rate got on top of Malik and in the next over got caught slogging. At this moment, New Zealand were firmly on road to a victory.
In the end Anderson was not needed for the win and New Zealand picked up the victory with 4 overs still remaining. Only 2 Pakistani batsmen got into double figures.
When Shahid Afridi chose to bowl first his vision was loosing the match without a fight. The game was brought on by Guptill from the first bowl of the match bowled by the seamer.
Just like what he did in Hamilton, Guptill tore through the Pakistani pacers with ease and proved that this was not going to be easy. Against the spinners, Afridi and Imad Wasim, he was also destructive but Afridi got his man when he bowled a top-spinner that went quickly on.
Then, a great piece of fielding from Rizwan at mid-wicket ran out Munro at the non-strickers end. Wahab took the wicket of Kane Willianson next but the momentum was still with New Zealand even though Pakistan had taken three quick wickets.
The Pakistani bowlers had very little margin for error with small boundaries and with third-man and fine leg in when they tried to fire in the yorkers like Wahab at 140 kph. Wahab leaked 43 runs in his first 4 overs and received a special type of punishment from the New Zealand batsman.
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