Pakistan down New Zealand by two runs in last-over T20 thriller

ABU DHABI: Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

New Zealand needed six off the last delivery to tie the match but experienced batsman Ross Taylor managed just a boundary as New Zealand — set 149 to win — finished at 146-6 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The victory gave world number one ranked Pakistan their seventh consecutive win since July and 15th in 17 Twenty20 internationals this year.

Pakistan, who are on a roll after whitewashing Australia 3-0 in Dubai on Sunday, now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series 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 toss and batted.

Taylor finished with a 26-ball 42 not out with three boundaries but could not keep the run rate down as New Zealand needed 53 in the last five overs.

That was in contrast from the first five overs of their innings, dominated by opener Colin Munro´s 42-ball 58 with three sixes and six boundaries.

Pakistan´s varied bowling, led by Hasan Ali with 3-35, pulled them back significantly.

Munro opened up in style, hiting two sixes and a four off Imad Wasim´s fifth over of the innings before greeting Hasan with a six and a boundary to complete New Zealand´s fifty in just 5.4 overs.

But Pakistan dismissed Glenn Phillips (12), Munro, captain Kane Williamson (11) and Colin de Grandhomme (six) as New Zealand stalled at 89-4.

Earlier, Pakistan lost in-form Babar Azam for seven in the third over while Sahibzada Farhan fell for one as they struggled to 10-2 before Hafeez and Asif Ali (24) lifted them during their 67-run stand for the third wicket.

Hafeez hit five boundaries and a six in his 36-ball knock while Asif´s 21-ball innings had a six and a boundary.

Pakistan managed 81 runs in the last ten overs with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed chipping in with a 26-ball 34 which had three boundaries and a six.

Imad Wasim smashed a six and boundary in the last over to finish with 14 not out while Faheem Ashraf made 10 not out.

For New Zealand, pace bowler Adam Milne finished with 2-28 while Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi and de Grandhomme took a wicket apiece.

 Pakistan Batting

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Babar Azam c Tim Seifert b Adam Milne 7 9 1 0 77.77
Sahibzada Farhan c Colin Munro b Ajaz Patel 1 8 0 0 12.50
Asif Ali c Glenn Phillips b Colin de Grandhomme 24 21 1 1 114.28
Mohammad Hafeez c Tim Southee b Adam Milne 45 36 5 2 125.00
Sarfraz Ahmed CPT WKT c Corey Anderson b Ish Sodhi 34 26 3 1 130.76
Shoaib Malik run out (Corey Anderson) 8 7 1 0 114.28
Faheem Ashraf NOT OUT 10 8 0 1 125.00
Imad Wasim NOT OUT 14 5 1 1 280.00
Shadab Khan
Hassan Ali
Shaheen Afridi
Extras (w 3, lb 2) 5
Total (6 wickets, 20 overs) 148
Fall of wickets
1-8 (B Azam, 2.2 ov), 2-10 (S Farhan, 3.1 ov), 3-77 (M Hafeez, 11.4 ov), 4-93 (A Ali, 14.2 ov), 5-121 (S Ahmed, 17.4 ov), 6-123 (S Malik, 17.6 ov)

New Zealand Bowling

Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Ajaz Patel 4 0 27 1 6.75 11
Tim Southee 4 0 30 0 7.50 13
Adam Milne 4 0 28 2 7.00 12
Colin de Grandhomme 3 0 24 1 8.00 5
Ish Sodhi 4 0 24 1 6.00 7
Colin Munro 1 0 13 0 13.00 1

New Zealand Batting

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Colin Munro c Asif Ali b Shadab Khan 58 42 6 3 138.09
Glenn Phillips b Hassan Ali 12 15 2 0 80.00
Kane Williamson CPT c & b Imad Wasim 11 16 0 0 68.75
Colin de Grandhomme run out (Shadab Khan) 6 6 0 0 100.00
Ross Taylor NOT OUT 42 26 3 0 161.53
Corey Anderson c Shoaib Malik b Hassan Ali 9 12 0 0 75.00
Tim Seifert WKT b Hassan Ali 0 1 0 0 0.00
Tim Southee NOT OUT 5 2 1 0 250.00
Adam Milne
Ish Sodhi
Ajaz Patel
Extras (w 1, lb 2) 3
Total (6 wickets, 20 overs) 146
Fall of wickets
1-50 (G Phillips, 5.6 ov), 2-79 (C Munro, 11.3 ov), 3-84 (K Williamson, 12.4 ov), 4-89 (C de Grandhomme, 13.4 ov), 5-123 (C Anderson, 18.1 ov), 6-132 (T Seifert, 18.6 ov)

 Pakistan Bowling

Bowlers O M R W Econ Dots
Imad Wasim 4 0 26 1 6.50 12
Faheem Ashraf 2 0 15 0 7.50 6
Hassan Ali 4 0 35 3 8.75 6
Mohammad Hafeez 3 0 13 0 4.33 10
Shadab Khan 4 0 26 1 6.50 8
Shaheen Afridi 3 0 29 0 9.66 3

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