The Green Shirts showed their vehemence eventually, as they usually do out of the blue. By defeating New Zealand in the third and final T20 match at the Bay Oval in Mount Maungunui, the visitors end the tour on a high.
Batting first, Pakistan’s batting line up contributed well. Seven batsmen scored in double figures, Fakhar Zaman being the highest of all at 46 runs. With a decent total of 181 runs, Pakistan bowlers put their best effort in. New Zealand could score only 32 in the first five over slot. The match took a welcoming turn to Pakistan’s side when Shadab Khan dismissed Guptill on 59. The final blow to New Zealand came when Muhammad Amir got the wicket of dangerous Ross Taylor who was dislodged after a referral decision to the third umpire. The team celebrated wholeheartedly as a sign of relief after last delivery was bowled, taking Pakistan to victory by 18 runs.
“Credit goes to my boys; it’s not easy coming back after being 6-0 down. I just told the boys that we have nothing to lose. We’re 6-0 down, worse case we’ll lose 8-0.” Sarfraz said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
This is a grand successive especially at a time when dispirited Pakistan team and the captain were about to face a severe censure back home. The victory came at the right time for the team and management to veneer the ODI series defeat. It was obvious and the team had to put something extra to clinch that victory.
Shadab was named the man of the match, whereas pacer Mohammad Amir claimed the man-of-the-series accolade.
With this impressive win, Pakistan soars up to number one position giving a message to the world that it’s never easy to overcome the Green Shirts on a T20 pitch.