New Zealand beat PAK in 1st T20 by 5 Wickets – Watch Highlights: New Zealand rode on a four-wicket haul by pacer Jacob Duffy and a half-century from wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the first T20I at the Eden Park on Friday.
AM I seeing double?!
Santner SIX to win a T20I for the second time this season!
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 18, 2020
The Black Caps first restricted Pakistan to 153/9 and then chased down the target with seven balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Earlier, opting to bat, the Shadab Khan-led side had a horrible start as they lost five wickets for 39 within the first nine overs. However, Shadab’s 42 off 32 and a 31-run inning by Faheem Ashraf helped Pakistan breach the 150-run mark.
Imad Wasim (19), wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (17) and Khushdil Shah (16) made other notable contributions.
For the hosts, Duffy returned with figures of 4/33 in his four overs while Scott Kuggeleijn picked three wickets conceding 27 runs.
The hosts also did not have a great start to their chase as they lost Martin Guptill (6) and Devon Conway (5) within the first four overs. However, Seifert, who opened the innings, kept scoring runs and stitched a 44-run partnership with Glenn Phillips (23) before the latter got out. Mark Chapman (34) then contributed with 45 runs with Seifert.
Seifert, after reaching his 50-run mark, got out with New Zealand still needing 44 runs in 32 balls.
James Neesham (15) and captain Mitchell Santner (12) then took the team home in the penultimate over of the match.
The two teams will now face each other in the second match at the Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday.
Brief scores: Pakistan 153/9 (Shadab Khan 42; Jacob Duffy 4/33) lose to New Zealand 156/5 (Tim Seifert 57; Haris Rauf 3/29)
156/5 (18.5 ov)
|Martin Guptill||c SH Khan b S Afridi||6||10||1||0||60.00|
|Tim Seifert (WK)||c Faheem Ashraf b S Afridi||57||43||6||1||132.55|
|Devon Conway||c & b Haris Rauf||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Glenn Phillips||c Khushdil Shah b Haris Rauf||23||18||2||1||127.77|
|Mark Chapman||lbw b Haris Rauf||34||20||4||1||170.00|
|Jimmy Neesham||Not out||15||10||0||2||150.00|
|Mitchell Santner (C)||Not out||12||8||0||1||150.00|
|Extra||4 (b 0, w 3, nb 0, lb 1)|
|Yet To Bat||SC Kuggeleijn, IS Sodhi, JA Duffy, BM Tickner|
New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 Series Full Schedule
Dec 18, Friday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20 Eden Park, Auckland- 11.30am
Dec 20, Sunday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20 Seddon Park, Hamilton- 11.30am
Dec 22, Tuesday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20 Mclean Park, Napier – 11.30am