New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 46 runs in the first match of the 5 T20 series against Pakistan. Saeem Ayub and Muhammad Rizwan started the innings on behalf of Pakistan, but Saeem Ayub was run out after scoring 27 runs off 8 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 2 fours on a total of 33.
Mohammad Rizwan also scored 25 runs and was caught out by Tim Southee while Fakhar Zaman scored 15 runs. Iftikhar Ahmed was dismissed for 24 runs while Azam Khan played an innings of 10 runs. Babar Azam completed his half-century with the help of 2 sixes and 3 fours and he was dismissed after playing an innings of 57 runs off 35 balls.
Shaheen Afridi was dismissed for zero while Osama Mir and Abbas Afridi could score one run each, Amir Jamal was not out by scoring 14 runs.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee took 4 while Adam Milne and Ben Sears dismissed two players each, and one wicket went to Ash Sodhi.
Earlier in the match being played in Auckland, Pakistan cricket team captain Shaheen Shah Afridi won the toss and decided to field first.
On behalf of New Zealand, Finn Allen and David Conway started the innings, but Shaheen Afridi caught David Conway out on the second ball, in the third over of the innings, Shaheen Afridi gave 24 runs.
Alan became a victim of Abbas Afridi, he played an innings of 34 runs in 15 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 3 fours, but he was dismissed by Abbas Afridi.
Several easy catches were dropped and misfielding by the Pakistan fielders, which the Kiwi batsmen took full advantage of and New Zealand’s third wicket fell for 128 when Kane Williamson was dismissed for 57, in his innings. 9 squares were included.
New Zealand’s fourth wicket was taken by Glenn Phillips when he was caught out by Babar Azam for just 19 off Abbas Afridi, after which Daryl Mitchell on the pitch scored 61 runs and returned to the pavilion off Shaheen Afridi. played a brilliant innings of 61 runs off 27 balls.
After which New Zealand’s Mark Chapman made 26, Adam Mullen made 10, Ortam Sothi was dismissed for just 6 runs while Ash Sodhi and Matt Henry returned to the pavilion for zero.
Pakistan captain Shaheen Shah Afridi said that the pitch is suitable for bowling, so bowling first is preferred, efforts will be made to restrict New Zealand to minimum runs.
Osama Mir and Abbas Afridi are making their T20 debut for Pakistan, Pakistan’s spin bowling coach Saeed Ajmal and fast bowling coach Umar Gul gave the debut caps to both the players.