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Pakistan vs New Zealand 5th T20 Highlights: Series Level by 2-2

Pakistan vs New Zealand 5th T20 Highlights Series Level by 2-2

The last game of the cricket series between Pakistan and New Zealand was super exciting! It came down to the last over, with Pakistan winning by just 9 runs to tie the series 2-2.

Pakistan Bats First and Scores Well

After New Zealand elected to field first, Pakistan got off to a steady start thanks to their openers. However, the early dismissal of Saim Ayub put the burden on captain Babar Azam to anchor the innings. Babar Azam played a brilliant innings, scoring 69 runs in 44 balls. He hit the ball well and helped Pakistan get to a good total of 178 runs after 20 overs. Other batsmen like Fakhar Zaman (43 runs) and Usman Khan (31) also chipped in with useful runs.

New Zealand Almost Chases Down the Target

Needing 179 runs to win, New Zealand started well. Their opener, Tim Seifert, hit a quick fifty (52 runs). But then came Pakistan’s fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi! He bowled fast and took four wickets, including Seifert’s. That put much pressure on New Zealand.

A Close Finish!

Even though they kept losing wickets, New Zealand batters kept fighting. Michael Bracewell and Josh Clarkson scored some important runs. In the last few overs, the match got very tense. New Zealand needed just a few runs to win, but Pakistan’s bowlers didn’t give away many runs and took wickets at important times. Finally, New Zealand fell short by just 9 runs!

Stars of the Match

Shaheen Afridi was the hero for Pakistan with his 4 wickets. He bowled well and stopped New Zealand from scoring easily. Also, he was named Player of the Series.

A Great Series!

This whole series between Pakistan and New Zealand was very close. Both teams played well and had a chance to win. Even though New Zealand couldn’t win the series, it was a good fight for them. Pakistan will be happy to have tied the series after losing some earlier matches. This exciting series has shown that both these teams have some talented young players, and it will be fun to see them play against each other again in the future! 

Match Summary

Pakistan                                                                              178/5 (20)

Babar Azam

69 (44)

James Neesham

1/13 (1)

Fakhar Zaman

43 (33)

Will O’Rourke

1/25 (4)

Usman Khan

31 (24)

Ish Sodhi

1/30 (4)

New Zealand                                                                      169 (19.2)

Tim Seifert

52 (33)

Shaheen Afridi

4/30 (4)

Josh Clarkson

38* (26)

Usama Mir

2/21 (4)

Michael Bracewell

23 (21)

Imad Wasim

1/5 (1)

Toss: NZ won the toss and decided to bowl 

Stadium: Gaddafi Stadium

Result: Pakistan won by 9 runs

Player of the Series: Shaheen Afridi (PAK)

Player of the Match: Shaheen Afridi (PAK) – 4/30 (4)

Tags: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Pak vs NZ, Series Level by 2-2, Shaheen Afridi, Tim Seifert

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