The third Twenty20 International (T20I) between New Zealand and Pakistan went to the wire, but the visitors kept their nerves in McLean Park, Napier, taking a nail-biting victory with four wickets, avoiding a clean sweep in the three -match- series. In the hunt for 174 to win, Pakistan got off to a solid start, with their openers Haider Ali and Mohammad Rizwan adding 38 runs in five overs. The partnership didn’t last long though, as Daryl Mitchell put down an “absolute screamer” to send Haider Ali in the final over from the power play.
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Interestingly, Daryl Mitchell was not even allowed to be on the field, as he wasn’t even part of the playing XI. But he got the sensational catch moments after coming on the field as a replacement for Martin Guptill, who accidentally injured himself after throwing himself in the air trying to complete a flyout to get rid of the same batsman on the previous ball .
Speaking of the layoff, Haider Ali’s lead at Scott Kuggeleijn’s bowling went to the coverage region where substitute Daryl Mitchell ran back a few yards before pulling off a one-handed blinder.
Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez sewed an 82-run standard for the second wicket to put Pakistan in the driver’s seat. Hafeez, who had scored an unbeaten 99 in the previous game, missed half a century by nine points. He was also caught by Daryl Mitchell in the depths in the 14th over.
With Rizwan in the middle, Pakistan was still on top, but they lost wickets in quick succession towards the end, putting New Zealand back in the game.
With three runs needed from the last three ball, Iftikhar Ahmed got his side over the line by hitting a massive six. New Zealand failed to complete the clean sweep, but they won the series 2-1, while Pakistan recorded their first victory of the tour ahead of the two-game test series, which begins on December 26.
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