New Zealand's 'B' team had stopped PAK's breathing… success was achieved in the last over.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Pakistan won the fifth T20 match by 9 runs Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 series tied 2-2 Shaheen Afridi became Player of the Match and Player of the Series

New Delhi. Pakistan saved its honor by defeating New Zealand by 9 runs in the fifth and last T20 match. The 5-match series ended in a 2-2 draw. This match was do or die for host Pakistan. Because the Pakistani team captained by Babar Azam had already lost the chance to win the series. In such a situation, he had a chance to level the series by winning the last match. The visiting New Zealand team did not include its star players. All the key players of the Kiwi team are currently playing in the IPL. In such a situation, it was a difficult challenge for Pakistan to save the series against the second-rate team of New Zealand.

The first match of the series was washed out due to rain, while Pakistan took the lead in the series by winning the second T20. After this, New Zealand (PAK vs NZ) made a strong counterattack and went 2-1 ahead in the series by winning the third and fourth T20 matches. In the fifth T20 match played at Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan, batting first, scored 178 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. Babar Azam played an inning of 69 runs while Fakhar Zaman contributed 43 runs. Usman Khan was out after scoring 31 runs.

KL Rahul blamed the defeat on the batsmen… said – there was a need to convert the score of 50-60 runs into a century.

New Zealand lost in the last over
The Kiwi team, which came to chase the target, lost in the last over. The Kiwi team collapsed for 169 runs with 4 balls remaining. For his part, opener Tim Seifert scored 52 runs while Jose Clarkson returned unbeaten after scoring 38 runs. The visiting team needed 12 runs to win in the last over. Mohammad Aamir brought the last over for Pakistan. The remaining batsmen of the Kiwi team were run out on the first two balls. Ben Sears was run out on a wide ball. William O'Rourke had completed one run. He lost his wicket while trying to take the second run. In this way Pakistan won the match by 9 runs.

Shaheen Afridi took 4 wickets
Young fast bowler Shaheen Afridi took four wickets for 30 runs in his spell of 4 overs. He was chosen Player of the Match and Player of the Series. Usama Mir took 2 wickets for 21 runs. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim took one wicket each.

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