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New Zealand vs Pakistan 3rd T20I Highlights: Rizwan takes Pak to victory

New Zealand vs Pakistan (NZ vs PAK) 3rd T20I Highlights: Pakistan have won the last match of the 3-match series and have avoided a clean sweep.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 22, 2020 3:18:50 pm
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New Zealand vs Pakistan (NZ vs PAK) 3rd T20I Highlights: Pakistan chased down 174 runs to win the third and final T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand in Napier on Tuesday as Mohammad Rizwan cracked a 59-ball 89 at the top of the order.

After winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bowl first. Tim Seifert (35 off 20) got the hosts off to a good start but Faheem Ashraf wreaked havoc in the middle overs with his quick wickets. Glenn Phillips (31 off 20) and Devon Conway (63 off 45) stitched the innings back together and the latter guided his team to 173/7 at the end of 20 overs. Ashraf ended with impressive figures of 3/20. Rizwan ensured Pakistan got off to a great chase — building a 72-run partnership with Mohammad Hafeez (41). Some quick wickets at the death by Tim Southee (2/25) threatened to derail the chase but Pakistan reached the target with 2 balls to spare and 4 wickets in hand.

Playing XIs:

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Haider Ali, Shadab Khan(c), Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(w), Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

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New Zealand vs Pakistan 3rd T20I Highlights:

15:16 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan win by 4 wickets

It's Kyle Jamieson who New Zealand will bowl the last over. Surely it's game over now. But no! Rizwan is out! He goes for the glory shot, gets an edge, the man in the deep gobbles up the catch. Surely this is not a collapse! Mohammad Hasnain is required to come out at 8. But Iftikhar Ahmed settles the issue! Six smashed off the fourth ball - Pakistan win with 2 balls to spare.

15:11 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Double wicket whammy from Southee - PAK need 4 runs in 1 over

Southee with the breakthrough! Or make that breakthroughs! Two quick wickets! Faheem Ashraf gets an edge to go through to the keeper. Shadab Khan nicks through to the keeper off his first ball! Southee is on a hat-trick, which Iftikhar Ahmed, in at 7, keeps out, and cracks a mistimed four to follow.

PAK 170/5 after 19, Rizwan on 89

15:05 (IST)22 Dec 2020
PAK need 11 runs in 2 overs

New Zealand bring back Boult to bowl the 18th over. They need their strike bowler to strike now. But it's Rizwan who has assumed command of this chase now - cracks a couple of boundaries in the over to move to 89. The required run rate comes down below 6.

PAK 163/8 after 18

14:58 (IST)22 Dec 2020
PAK need 24 in 3 overs

Neesham bowls the 17th. Starts with a juicy half volley which Khushdil obliges by smashing down the ground for four. Khushdil slashes at the next ball as well, but cannot get a proper connection, and is caught at third man. Khushdil out for 13. Faheem Ashraf comes in at 5. And gets off the mark with a single! Rizwan hits a six! And keeps the strike for the next over with a single off the last ball. 

PAK 150/3 after 17, Rizwan on 78

14:53 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Rizwan dominates Kiwi bowlers

With 17 off the 16th over, Mohammad Rizwan has taken the total to 137/2 in 16 overs. 55 runs have been scored in last five overs.
NZ 137/2 in 16 overs

14:52 (IST)22 Dec 2020
PAK need 37 in 4 overs

Rizwan has taken control of this chase now. Still plenty to do in the last four overs for Pakistan, but even Khushdil is also looking to break free. 37 required in the last 4 overs.

PAK 137/2 after 16

14:38 (IST)22 Dec 2020

Right after Rizwan notched up his first T20I fifty, Kuggeleijn ruins the party for the visitors. The pacer breaks the 72-run partnership as he sends Hafeez (41 off 29) back to the pavilion. Mitchell with yet another catch. Khushdil comes on. PAK: 112/2 (13.3 overs)

14:29 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Rizwan, Hafeez cross 50-run partnership

After a slow Neesham over with Pakistan managing to get just five singles, the visitors up their ante during the chase. Hafeez starts the party with a four against Boult, and then his partner Rizwan follows suit balls later. 13 runs off the over. PAK: 95/1 (12 overs)

14:14 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Hafeez hitting it big

Pakistan cannot have it easier as things stand as New Zealand have lost their best fielder -- Martin Guptill -- to injury. Meanwhile, Hafeez continues in the same fashion like last T20I. He punishes Neesham with his second six of the match. PAK: 70/1 (9 overs)

14:00 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan one down at the end of powerplay

After Guptill dropped the catch in the first ball, his substitute Daryl Mitchell succeeds in dismissing Haider! Kuggeleijn gets a wicket off just his second ball of the innings and he has the agile sub to thank for! A brilliant catch near cover-point. PAK: 47/1 (6 overs)

13:56 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Rizwan on fire in Napier

Rizwan (29*) has found his groove in Napier now! A beautiful half-volley at the stumps and a brilliant pull off a slower ball against Southee and now two boundaries against Jamieson. The slow start has certainly worked out well for him. PAK: 38/0 (5 overs)

13:44 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan taking it slow

After surviving Southee's onsalught with the white ball, the Pakistan openers again get it going in Boult's over. Haider opens his left-foot and then clears cover -- a fine boundary. Eight runs off the over. Slow and steady approach. PAK: 19/0 (3 overs)

13:35 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Rizwan, Haider begin chase

Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali are at the crease. Trent Boult opens the attack and Rizwan takes a quick two off his bat. The batsman builds his confidence with a brilliant boundary past cover-point. A good start by the visitors. PAK: 9/0 (1 over)

13:19 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan need 174 runs to win

After a happening final over, which included a no ball, a dismissal, and a lot of haphazard running between the wickets, New Zealand finally end on 173/7. Conway was sent back on 63 in the end but Southee remained unbeaten on 6 with Jamieson.

13:14 (IST)22 Dec 2020

Right after hitting a brilliant four and a massive six over mid-wicket, Kuggeleijn's innings comes to an end. Shaheen scalps his wicket as Kuggeleijn failed to get a hold of his shot. Ifthikar with an easy catch. Next up, Tim Southee. NZ: 159/6 (18.3 overs)

13:09 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Conway brings up his fifty!

Conway leads the charge for the hosts in style by bringing up his half-century with a maximum! He picked the length of Rauf's delivery early and flicked it into the top tier of the square leg boundary. Kuggeleijn's on 4*. 16 runs off the over. NZ: 149/5 (18 overs)

12:58 (IST)22 Dec 2020

After Phillips' dismissal, Kiwis upped their ante with Conway (39*) hitting three boundaries to Shaheen and Hasnain. Neesham hasn't settled himself and he pays the price -- Ashraf scalps his wicket with the help of Shadab's catch. NZ: 128/5 (16.2 overs)

12:50 (IST)22 Dec 2020

Shaheen finally gets his wicket as he sends Phillips back to the pavilion on 31. The batsman wanted to shovel it over mid-wicket but the mistimed shot finds Haris Rauf at long-on. A big blow for the hosts! Next up, James Neesham. NZ: 109/4 (14.1 overs) 

12:36 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan on frontfoot, play stopped due to sun-glare

Shadab and Shaheen have assumed the driving seat in the contest as both the pacers are putting the Kiwi batsmen under pressure. While Conway is on 17*, Phillips is on 13*. Just nine runs from the last ten balls. The hosts have to up the ante soon but wait... The umpires come together to have a discussion and they stop the play because of sun-glare in Napier. NZ: 85/3 (11.4 overs)

12:21 (IST)22 Dec 2020
Pakistan slow down NZ run rate

With economical bowling from skipper Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, Pakistan are in control of the match after 10 overs. New batters Conway and Phillips are taking their time to get adjusted.
NZ 76/3 in 10 overs