Shadab, Zaman star as Pakistan clinch T20I series

Men in Green register 18-run win over New Zealand in final game of the series


Azeem Siddiqui January 28, 2018
PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 18 runs in the third T20I to clinch the three-match series 2-1 and also cement top spot in the T20I rankings on Sunday.

After deciding to bat first, the Men in Green post a competitive total of 181 for the loss of six wickets.

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The star of the show was left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman, who finished the innings with the top score of 46 off 36 with the help of five fours and one six.

In reply, the Black Caps only managed to score 163-6 in their allotted 20 overs.

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Opener Martin Guptill finished the innings with the top score of 59 off 43 with the help of two fours and four sixes.

For Pakistan, young leg-spinner Shadab Khan was the star once again as he claimed two wickets and just gave away 19 runs in his four overs.



And that's it from Azeem Siddiqui. We will join you soon for some more live coverage. Till then, ciao.



So that's it. It was a great turnaround by team Pakistan, who will now go back home with high confidence.



NZ 163-6 (20 over)

Sixteen off the over.

FOUR! Lucky one for the left-hander.

SIX! Good hit from Santner.

Ashraf to bowl his final over.



NZ 147-6 (19 over)

Seven off the over.

Amir to continue.



NZ 140-6 (18 over)

Ten off the over.

FOUR! Much needed one for the Black Caps.



Raees to bowl his final over.



NZ 130-5 (17 over)

Just three runs and a wicket.



Amir to bowl.



NZ 127-4 (16 over)

Seventeen off the over.

SIX! This time from Bruce.

SIX! Another one from Taylor.

Rumman Raees to bowl.



NZ 110-4 (15 over)

Sixteen off the over.

SIXx2! Great hitting from Ross Taylor.

Ashraf to start his new over.



NZ 94-4 (14 over)

Seven runs and a wicket off the over. Great one for Pakistan.



Yamin to start his new over.



NZ 87-3 (13 over)

Three runs and two wickets off the over. Brilliant one for Pakistan.





Shadab to continue.



NZ 84-1 (12 over)

Eight off the over.

Faheem to start his new over.



NZ 76-1 (11 over)

Eleven off the over.

FOUR! Important boundary for New Zealand.

Shadab to continue.



NZ 65-1 (10 over)

Eleven off the over.

SIX! Another huge one for Guptill.

Yamin to continue.



NZ 54-1 (9 over)

Just one off the over.

Shadab Khan to continue.



NZ 53-1 (8 over)

Just two off the over.

Amir Yamin to start his new over.

NZ 51-1 (7 over)

Just four off the over.

Shadab Khan to start his first over.



NZ 47-1 (6 over)

Fifteen runs and a wicket off the over.



FOURx2! Great start for Kitchen. Two glorious boundaries.



Faheem Ashraf to start his first over.



NZ 32-0 (5 over)

Just four off the over.

Amir to start his new over.



NZ 28-0 (4 over)

Nine off the over.



Raees to start his new over.



NZ 19-0 (3 over)

Nine off the over. Good one for New Zealand.



Mohammad Amir to start his first over.



NZ 10-0 (2 over)

Just five off the over.

Rumman Raees to start his first over.



NZ 5-0 (1 over)

Just five off the over.



So it's Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to open for New Zealand, whereas Amir Yamin to start for Pakistan.



So that's it from the first-half. We will join you soon for the second session.



PAK 181-6 (20 overs)

SIX! Grand finish for Pakistan. Brilliant from Amir Yamin.

FOUR! Important boundary for Pakistan.

Southee to start his final over.



PAK 165-6 (19 overs)

Nine runs and a wicket off the over.



Boult to bowl his final over.



PAK 156-5 (18 overs)

Twenty one runs and a wicket off the over. Best one of the innings so far.







Sodhi to start his new over.



PAK 135-4 (17 overs)

Twelve off the over. Good one for Pakistan.





Boult to start his new over.



PAK 123-4 (16 overs)

Just two runs and a wicket off the over. Brilliant over for the Black Caps.



Santner to start his new over.



PAK 121-3 (15 overs)

Fourteen of the over. Best one of the innings so far.





De Grandhomme to start his final over.



PAK 107-3 (14 overs)

Six off the over and a wicket.



Santner to start his new over.



PAK 101-2 (13 overs)

Eight off the over.

Southee to start his new over.



PAK 93-2 (12 overs)

Eleven off the over. Great one for Pakistan.



Santner to continue.



PAK 82-2 (11 overs)

Ten off the over. Good one for Pakistan.



Sodhi to continue.



PAK 72-2 (10 overs)

Six off the over.



De Grandhomme to start his new over.



PAK 66-2 (9 overs)

Nine runs and a wicket off the over. Good one for New Zealand.





Sodhi to start his new over.



PAK 57-1 (8 overs)

Five off the over.

Mitchell Santner to start his first over.



PAK 52-1 (7 overs)

Seven off the over.

Ish Sodhi to start his first over.



PAK 45-1 (6 overs)

Eleven off the over. Best of the innings so far for Pakistan.





De Grandhomme to start his second over.



PAK 34-1 (5 overs)

Just four off the over.

Boult to continue.



PAK 30-1 (4 overs)

Just five runs and a wicket off the over. Good one for the home team.





Colin de Grandhomme to start his first over.



PAK 25-0 (3 overs)

Ten off the over. Great one for Pakistan.



Southee to start his second over.



PAK 15-0 (2 overs)

Eight off the over.



Trent Boult to start his first over.



PAK 7-0 (1 over)



Seven off the over.



So it's Fakhar Zaman and Ahmad Shahzad to open for Pakistan, whereas Tim Southee to start for New Zealand.



Toss: The news from the centre is Pakistan captain has won the toss and decided to bat first.

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