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Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd T20 Match Highlights | Chapman Heroics Level Series in Third T20I

Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd T20 Match Highlights

The five-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand took another dramatic turn as New Zealand pulled off a stunning victory in the third T20I played in Rawalpindi. After a washout and a defeat in the first two matches, New Zealand bounced back in style, chasing down Pakistan’s total of 178 for 4 with seven wickets and ten balls to spare. The chase’s hero was Mark Chapman, who played a magnificent unbeaten knock of 87 runs off just 42 balls.

Chapman Picks Up Where He Left Off

That wasn’t the first time Chapman had shone against Pakistan on their home soil. He was New Zealand’s standout performer during a similar tour last year and continued that impressive form here. While New Zealand lost their openers early, Chapman took charge, demonstrating his ability to go beyond just power-hitting. He smartly targeted the boundaries against Shadab Khan and Abrar Ahmed, building a solid foundation for the chase.

A Lapse in Concentration Proves Costly for Pakistan

A dropped catch by Naseem Shah off Chapman’s miscued sweep proved to be a turning point. This reprieve allowed Chapman to unleash his full potential. He liked Pakistan’s pace attack, especially Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, hammering them for boundaries and sixes in their respective overs. While Dean Foxcroft provided decent support with 31 runs, this was a one-person show by Chapman.

Pakistan’s Batting Falters Despite Shadab Khan’s Late Flourish

Earlier, Pakistan, batting first on a pitch they deemed batting-friendly, got off to a decent start with Saim Ayub’s quickfire knock. However, New Zealand’s bowlers, particularly Ish Sodhi and Zak Foulkes, applied the brakes on Pakistan’s scoring rate. The dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan due to a hamstring injury and Babar Azam’s wicket courtesy of a clever spell by Michael Bracewell further dented Pakistan’s momentum.

Just as Pakistan seemed to be losing their way, Shadab Khan provided a late spark with a quickfire 41 off just 20 balls. However, New Zealand’s bowlers tightened things up towards the death, restricting Pakistan to a total that proved inadequate against Chapman’s brilliance.

Series Poised for a Gripping Finish

With the series leveled at 1-1, the remaining two T20Is promise to be even more exciting. Pakistan must address their batting woes and death bowling concerns, while New Zealand will look to build on Chapman’s heroics. This T20I series showcases the unpredictable nature of the format, where even a below-par total can be chased down with ease, making for a thrilling contest for fans.

Match Summary

Pakistan                                                                          178/4 (20)

Shadab Khan

41 (20)

Ish Sodhi

2/25 (4)

Babar Azam

37 (29)

Jacob Duffy

1/39 (4)

Saim Ayub

32 (22)

Michael Bracewell

1/40 (4)

New Zealand                                                                    179/3 (18.2)

Mark Chapman

87* (42)

Abbas Afridi

2/27 (3)

Dean Foxcroft

31 (29)

Naseem Shah

1/44 (3)

Tim Robinson

28 (19)

Iftikhar Ahmed

0/16 (2)

Toss: NZ won the toss and decided to bowl first

Stadium: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

Result: NZ won by 7 wickets and 10 balls left

Player of the Match: Mark Chapman 87* (42)