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Pak vs NZ 4th T20 Match Highlights – New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2024

Pak vs NZ 4th T20 Match Highlights

The fourth T20I match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Lahore was a heart-stopping affair that kept everyone on their seats until the last ball. New Zealand emerged victorious by a narrow margin of just four runs, putting them in a commanding position in the five-match series with a score of 2-1.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam decided to field first, hoping to take advantage of the bowling conditions early on. Their decision seemed like a good one at first. Left-arm fast bowler Abbas Afridi was on fire, picking up three crucial wickets for just 20 runs. That put New Zealand on the back foot and threatened to restrict them to a low total.

However, New Zealand’s captain, Tim Robinson, had other plans. He played a mature and composed innings, scoring a brilliant half-century (51 runs) off just 36 balls. This knock steadied the ship for the Kiwis and helped them build a respectable total. Other batters like Dean Foxcroft (34 runs) and Tom Blundell (28 runs) chipped in with valuable contributions, taking New Zealand to a competitive total of 178 runs.

Pakistan’s chase started brightly, with Fakhar Zaman leading the charge. The experienced opener looked in excellent touch, smashing a quickfire 61 runs off just 45 deliveries. His aggressive batting gave Pakistan a strong foundation and raised hopes of a comfortable chase.

Unfortunately, the middle order couldn’t capitalize on Zaman’s brilliant start. Wickets began falling regularly, putting the brakes on Pakistan’s momentum. Although the all-rounder Imad Wasim fought hard with an unbeaten 22 runs off just 11 balls, it wasn’t enough to take Pakistan over the finish line. They fell agonizingly short, finishing their innings at 174 runs.

When it came to bowling performances, both teams had their standout players. Abbas Afridi’s early wickets for Pakistan were crucial in restricting New Zealand’s early scoring. However, New Zealand’s Will O’Rourke stole the show with his bowling. He picked up three vital wickets for just 27 runs in his four overs, effectively strangling the chase in its later stages. His bowling performance earned him the well-deserved Player of the Match award.

New Zealand has taken a significant lead in the series with this win. They only need to win one of the remaining two matches to secure a series victory in Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan will be looking to regroup and win both of the remaining matches to level the series. This close encounter has set the stage for a thrilling finale of the T20I series. Both teams are eager to win the upcoming matches, ensuring exciting cricket games for fans everywhere.

Match Summary

New Zealand                                                              178/7 (20)

Tim Robinson

51 (36)

Abbas Afridi
3/20 (3)

Dean Foxcroft

34 (26)

Iftikhar Ahmed
1/14 (2)

Tom Blundell

28 (15)

Mohammad Amir
1/32 (4)

Pakistan                                                                       174/8 (20)

Fakhar Zaman

61 (45)

Will O’Rourke
3/27 (4)

Iftikhar Ahmed

23 (20)

Ben Sears
2/27 (4)

Imad Wasim

22* (11)

James Neesham
1/21 (2)

Toss: Pak won the toss and decided to bowl  

Stadium: Qadafi Cricket Stadium

Result: NZ won by 4 runs

Player of the Match: Will O’Rourke (NZ) – 3/27 (4)

Tags: Abbas Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Pak vs NZ, Tim Robinson, Will O’Rourke

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