• Pakistan clinch final T20I

    Pakistan bagged a four-wicket victory in the final T20I against New Zealand on Tuesday as the home side secured a 2-1 series victory.

    The Pakistani team needed to show some grit and fight after suffering consecutive defeats to Kane Williamson’s men and delivered a solid run chase in Napier to grab victory with two balls to spare.

    The Black Caps batted first and posted 173-7 in their 20 overs with South-African born Devon Conway smashing 63 from 45 deliveries with Tim Seifert and Glenn Phillips contributing 35 and 31 respectively.

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    In reply the visitors made a strong start with the bat as opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan went on the attack and applied the pressure on the New Zealand bowlers.

    Rizwan batted brilliantly on his way to a half century and received assistance from Mohammed Hafeez, who contributed 41 from 29 before before Rizwan eventually departed in the final over for a 59-ball 89.

    Requiring only four runs from the final six balls of the innings, Iftikhar Ahmed smashed a massive six to guide Pakistan over the line.

    The two teams will now contest two Test matches starting on Saturday.

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