Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd T20, today

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd T20, today

Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 45 in Pakistan´s 148-6 after they won the toss and batted.

Pakistan won the first T20 on the last ball, and will be eyeing their second successive clean sweep in T20 series in the last match on Monday (NZT). Colin Munro, who played some marvellous shots during his 28-ball 44, smashed Imad Wasim for six off the game's first ball, and a late flurry from Corey Anderson took them to 153.

Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

In the three-match T20I series, Pakistan is leading 1-0 against New Zealand. Hafeez hit two towering sixes off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the 17th over to bring the target down to 23 in the last three overs. Hafeez hit five boundaries and a six in his 36-ball knock while Asif's 21-ball innings had a six and a boundary. They have lost both series they played against New Zealand over that period, most recently in 2014, when the visitors triumphed 3-2.

LAHORE: The National Selection Committee headed by Inzamam ul Haq, after consultations with Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Head Coach Mickey Arthur, has announced on Friday the 15 member squad for One-day global series against New Zealand.

"So if we start well and if we don't let too many dot balls in the middle, we have the experience of Hafeez and (Shoaib) Malik as well".

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Pakistan? . Afridi kept his nerve in the final over and, despite conceding two boundaries, denied New Zealand victory.

Azam and Asif Ali then stuck around and added 56 runs for the second wickets before Azam (40) fell to the experienced Southee.

Pakistan followed the pattern of play New Zealand had set in the Powerplay.

Munro, who has the best strike rate of 163 amongst current T20 players, lifted spinner Imad Wasim for six off the very first ball of the match as New Zealand raced to 50 without loss in just 5.3 overs.

The green team beat New Zealand by 2-runs in a thrilling contest at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, improving their record to 15 wins out of 17 in T20Is in 2018.

The 18-year-old tall left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who had gone wicketless in the first game in Abu Dhabi, returned with three for 20 on the night. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim had Colin de Grandhomme lapped by by Shoaib Malik after which Asif Ali fired an inch ideal throw for Shadab Khan to run out Ross Taylor.

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