Zee News Network New Delhi, Delhi, India
Jan 28, 2018, 10.21 AM
Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 18 runs to win the decisive third and final Twenty20 International at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
After posting a total of 181 runs, the visitors triumphed to take the series spoils 2-1 after a shoddy fielding display cost the Black Caps dearly at Bay Oval under lights.
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman scored 46 off 36 deliveries after Pakistan won the toss and made first use of a batsman-friendly track.
Umar Amin led a late charge that saw 58 runs scored in the final four overs.
With the series tied 1-1, a win for Pakistan would not only give them the series but also propel them over New Zealand to number one in the world T20 rankings.
Barring a powerful half-century from Martin Guptill, who nabbed 59 off 43 balls, the Black Caps' batsmen all made way for middling totals.
They finished their 20 overs on 6-163.
The defeat followed a 48-run loss in the second game, after New Zealand swept the one-day series and won the first T20.
The consecutive defeats, following an unbeaten 13-match winning streak across all formats against the West Indies and Pakistan, had put a dampener on host's preparation for next month's triangular series with Australia and England.