In a thrilling match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand secured their fourth consecutive victory against Pakistan in the T20 series, showcasing a dominant performance.
Opting to bowl after winning the toss, New Zealand’s bowlers put up a formidable display, restricting Pakistan to a modest 58 runs in 20 overs. Despite an outstanding 90-run performance by Muhammad Rizwan, the rest of the Pakistani batting lineup struggled to capitalize on his efforts.
New Zealand’s response was nothing short of impressive, with Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips forming a commendable partnership, scoring a total of 139 runs. Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 off 44 balls, featuring seven fours and two sixes, earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match award. Phillips contributed significantly with 70 runs off 52 balls, including five fours and three sixes.
Shaheen Shah Afridi emerged as the lone bowler from the Pakistani side to make an impact, claiming three wickets while conceding 34 runs in his four overs. However, New Zealand’s resolute batting display overshadowed Afridi’s efforts.
The Kiwi bowlers, led by Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson, claimed two wickets each to keep the Pakistani batsmen at bay. Adam Milne also contributed with a single wicket, stifling the opposition’s attempts.
With this victory, New Zealand now leads the five-match T20 series with an impressive 4-0 margin, showcasing their dominance in the ongoing cricketing contest against Pakistan.