Black Caps Hold Their Nerve to Take T20I Series 2-1

Black Caps Hold Their Nerve to Take T20I Series 2-1, New Zealand managed to hold their nerve in a cliffhanger at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as they sneaked home by four runs in the fourth game of the five-match T20I series to take an unassailable 2-1 lead against hosts Pakistan.

New Zealand managed to put on a healthy total of 178 after being put into bat. The innings was set up by a good stand from the openers. While Tom Blundell did the fast-moving early on, hitting a 15-ball 28, his partner Tim Robinson wasn’t far behind. Together the duo put on 56 inside the powerplay.

Black Caps Hold Their Nerve to Take T20I Series 2-1

Black Caps Hold Their Nerve to Take T20I Series 2-1

Pakistan hit back with Zaman Khan breaking that hanging opening stage by getting Blundell. still, Robinson had the truculent company of Dean Foxcroft to follow. The ultimate smacked three sixes in quickfire cooperation that powered the innings along. His knock pushed New Zealand near to the 150 mark after Robinson had come Abbas Afridi’s first victim after getting 51.

Afridi struck doubly more through the middle overs to peg New Zealand back although they got a boost towards the aft end of the innings. Michael Bracewell’s 27 with a couple of boundaries pushed the callers to a competitive aggregate of 178.

In reply, Pakistan got off to a shaky launch losing their top three inside the powerplay with William ORourke striking doubly including that of the commander Babar Azam for just 1. Still, the middle overs saw a rejuvenation in their innings powered by Fakhar Zaman who held the innings together with a 45-ball 61 and set up nicely for the finish in the chase.

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Iftikhar Ahmed Assured That Pakistan Was No Way Out

Zaman’s knock along with a timely 23 from Iftikhar Ahmed assured that Pakistan was no way out of the chase at any point. still, their hunt passed another hiatus when they lost three in the space of 10 balls including those of Zaman and Ahmed. still, with 28 demands from the last two overs, Imad Wasim stepped in.

He hit two fours off the penultimate over from Jacob Duffy leaving 18 off the final over sailed by James Neesham. Usama Mir struck the first ball off the over for a four but Neesham managed to find a yorker to cast his coming ball.

Still, as Wasim got back on strike, he put the pressure back on Neesham who erred with a wide first and also conceded a boundary off the penultimate ball. With 5 demanded off the final delivery, Neesham managed to keep a wide line, down from Wasim’s hitting bow and ended up conceding just a single to decide a suspenser and ensure that the callers do not lose the series.

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