Black Caps win by 95 runs against Green Shirts in Wellington T20 decider

New Zealand won the series against Pakistan as Kiwis beat Green Shirts by 95 runs in final T20 match.

Earlier, Black Caps made 196 scores in 20 overs against Pakistan in 3rd and final T20 match. Chasing 197 runs target, only Sarfraz Ahmad could score 41 runs. No other Pakistani batsman could score 15 runs. Most of them fell under 10 runs individual score. Both Elliott and AF Milne got 3 wickets each and Anderson bowled out 2 players. Green Shirts overall batting and bowling performance remained very poor.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first against New Zealand at Wellington decider. New Zealand batted very well and gave a good target to Green Shirts. Guptill and Williamson started the innings and put up a 57 runs partnership. Guptill bowled out by Shahid Afridi at a score of 42 runs. Williamson made 33 runs while Anderson remained the top scorer with 82 not out.

The chasing team have won the last five T20 internationals at the stadium.

New Zealand omitted paceman Matt Henry and legspinner Todd Astle from their team, with left-armer Trent Boult returning for Astle after sitting out the 10-wicket win in Hamilton.

Pakistan made two changes, with Mohammad Rizwan and Anwar Ali replacing Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Gul. It’s likely to be 35-year-old Afridi’s final international in New Zealand.

The weather was overcast and windy but there was no rain in the forecast. A crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 was expected in Wellington with the series poised at 1-1. The match starts at 7pm (NZT).


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (captain), Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali,  Mohammad Amir.

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