The second T20 international between Pakistan and New Zealand takes place in Dubai on Friday and Pakistan are 1-0 up with 2 to play
Pakistan justified favouritism in the series opener but it was mighty close with the Black Caps coming up just 2 runs short in the chase.
Pakistan were bidding for a seventh successive victory in this format at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday but they started badly, losing both openers with just 10 runs on the board. The middle order repaired much of the early damage with Hafeez top scoring with 45, the innings closed on 148/6 and Pakistan hit 6 maximums. Adam Milne with figures of 2/28 was the top NZ bowler.
New Zealand made a swift start to their innings, putting on 50 for the first stick in 6 overs. Opener Colin Munro top scored with 48 but the Black Caps lost momentum and the required run rate began to climb. Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 42 off just 26 balls at the end but his side came up just short. Hasan Ali was top Pakistan bowler, returning figures of 3/35 and Munro hit all 3 of New Zealand’s sixes.
Hafeez was name Man of the Match and this was how the teams lined up on Wednesday.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ajaz Patel
New Zealand now require a victory here to turn Sunday’s third and final T20 into a decider.
Head to Head
The teams have clashed 19 times with Pakistan winning 11 and New Zealand winning 8.
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New Zealand 14/10
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Bets: Player To Score Most 6s, Colim Munro at 6/1
Munro was in good form in Abu Dhabia and if he can take that sort of performance to Dubai he will be a serious runner in the player to hit the most sixes market