Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I Highlights : Pakistan’s new captain Shaheen Afridi’s captaincy debut in T20 ended with a defeat. Pakistan lost the first T20 against New Zealand by 46 runs in Auckland. Chasing the target of 227 runs, the entire Pakistan team could not play even 20 overs and collapsed for 180 runs in 18 overs. Tim Southee took maximum 4 wickets for New Zealand. At the same time, Daryl Mitchell also played a stormy inning of 61 runs in 27 balls.
Chasing the target of 227 runs, Sam Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan started the innings for Pakistan. There was a partnership of 33 runs between the two for the first wicket. On this score, Sam Ayub was run out while trying to score a run. After this, Babar Azam and Rizwan together took charge of Pakistan’s innings. There was a partnership of 30 runs in 19 balls between the two for the second wicket.
Babar Azam scored a half century
When Pakistan team’s score was 63 runs, Rizwan (25) was also out. However, Babar remained firm on one end. He completed his half-century. But, from the other end Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed and Azam Khan were out one by one. Captain Shaheen Afridi could not even open his account.
Pakistan had lost 6 wickets for 159 runs. But, on the score of 173 runs, Babar was also out after playing an innings of 53 runs. After this the match was out of Pakistan’s reach and the last 3 wickets fell within 7 runs. Tim Southee took 4 wickets. He dismissed Abbas Afridi and Haris Rauf within three balls in the 18th over.
Earlier, New Zealand had scored 226 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Finn Allen gave the team a stormy start by playing an inning of 34 runs in 15 balls. After this, with the help of half-centuries from captain Kane Williamson (57) and Daryl Mitchell (61), New Zealand made a big score. Shaheen Afridi took maximum 3 wickets for Pakistan. Abbas Afridi also got the same number of wickets.