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Pakistan Register First Win in New Zealand

AUCKLAND: Pakistan thumped New Zealand by 48 runs in the second T20 of a three-match series in Auckland on Thursday.

With this win, Pakistan notched their first victory of the tour after facing six consecutive defeats.

The team looked entirely different from the last outings, their attitude was different and confidence sky-high.

The tourists finally hit the form with both bat and ball to level the series 1-1 after a being humbled in the first game.

Pakistan also suffered a humiliating 5-0 in the ODI series whitewash.

With a few changes for this game, Team Green took a flying start of the inning.

Openers Fakhar (50 off 28 balls) and Ahmed Shehzad (44 off 34 balls) laid the platform with a partnership of 94. Their best top-order stand was just 14 in the series.

They set an imposing target of 202 after winning the toss and electing to bat, with half-centuries for Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman.

In response, New Zealand’s top order crumbled to 64 for six under a combination of tight bowling and commitment in the field from Pakistan.

“Pakistan were excellent tonight in all departments and we weren’t that good in any department,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.

“When you catch them on a great day, you get the result we got.”

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