NZ v PAK Second T20 cricket match: New Zealand defeats Pakistan by 21 runs in thrilling T20I match

Wellington, January 14, 2024 – The New Zealand cricket team emerged victorious against Pakistan in a closely fought T20I match today at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. electing to bat first after winning the toss, New Zealand posted a competitive total of 194/8 in their 20 overs.

The Kiwi innings was powered by explosive opener Finn Allen, who smashed 74 runs off just 41 balls. His belligerent knock included 5 huge sixes and gave New Zealand a flying start. Kane Williamson provided stability with a solid 26 off 15 balls.

In response, Pakistan were restricted to 173/10 in 19.3 overs, losing by 21 runs. Their chase was led by captain Babar Azam, who struck a quickfire 66 off 43 balls. He received some support from Fakhar Zaman who scored 50 off 25 balls in a losing effort.

The New Zealand bowlers were extremely disciplined and did not allow the Pakistani batsmen any freebies. Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 33 runs in his 4 overs. Debutant Ben Sears also claimed an impressive 4/28 in his quota of 4 overs.

Earlier, Pakistan’s bowling was led by Haris Rauf who picked up 3 wickets while conceding 38 runs in his 4 overs. The victory gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series.