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  • Tuesday 01, December 2020
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Aggressive Pakistan set New Zealand 202 to chase

Aggressive Pakistan set New Zealand 202 to chase

An attacking display of batting saw Pakistan post a mammoth total of 201-4 in the second T20 international against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland on Thursday.

Ahmed Shehzad, who returned to the playing XI in place of Mohammad Nawaz, along with Fakhar Zaman made a flying start, smashing boundaries all over the park to put the Kiwis on the back foot.

Fakhar hit 50 off 28 balls and Shehzad scored 44 off 34 balls, but Pakistan lost no momentum after their dismissal.

Skipper Sarfraz, who promoted himself up the order, and back-in-form Babar Azam kept the tempo. Sarfraz contributed a fiery 41 off 24 before getting caught. 

Faheem Ashraf couldn't fire and was dismissed for duck. Babar stayed not out at 50 off 29 deliveries. 

The Kiwis beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the first T20 in Wellington, as the tourists’ batting woes persisted. The Green Shirts could only manage a total of 105, with only Babar Azam and Hasan Ali reaching double figures. New Zealand chased down the target with seven wickets in hand and 25 balls remaining, driven by a power batting show by Colin Munro (49*).

Playing XI

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult