In the 2nd T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan played at Hamilton. New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets. Hafeez scored 99(57) for Pakistan. But Tim Seifert 84(63) and Kane Williamson 57(42) chased the total easily.
Pakistan: 163/6 Mohammed Hafeez 99(57), Mohammed Rizwan 22(20) Tim Southee 4/21, Ish Sodhi 1/21
New Zealand: 164/1 Tim Seifert 84(63), Kane Williamson 57(42) Faheem Ashraf 1/19
Man of the Match: Tim Southee
Mohammed Hafeez the lone warrior for Pakistan.
In the 2nd T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hamilton. Once again Shadab Khan won the toss and opted to bowl first. Pakistan once again had a shaky start as they lost 2/16. Haider Ali 8(4) and Shafique 0(2) departed quickly. Rizwan and Hafeez had a small partnership in the powerplay overs. But Rizwan 22(20) perished in the 8th over. At one end Mohammed Hafeez was firing on full throttle. But Pakistan kept loosing wickets at regular interval.
Shadab Khan 4(7), Khushdil 14(20) were the next 2 batsmen to depart. But Mohammed Hafeez 99(57) stayed till the end. He showed why exactly he is the senior pro in the team. Eventually he fell short of his century by just 1 run. He scored 61% of Pakistan’s total score. Pakistan finished at 163/6. Tim Southee picked 4/21 for New Zealand. New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets
Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson take NZ home in the chase.
The target of 164 was a below par one considering the kind of batting order New Zealand has. Martin Guptill went out all guns blazing in the power play. But departed soon after scoring 21(11). Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson took charge next up and they went smoothly with the proceedings. Initially Time Seifert was the aggressor in the inning and Kane Williamson was playing the role of an anchor. But at the mid way stage there was a sudden role reversal as Kane Williamson started firing all a sudden. And Tim Seifert took up the anchor’s role.
Pakistan bowlers did manage to get some quiet overs in the end. But that wasn’t enough as the duo of Tim Seifert 84(63) and Kane Williamson 57(42) took their side home with ease. Pakistan managed to pick just 1 wicket through out the innings. Faheem Ashraf took the only wicket of Martin Guptill. Tim Southee was picked as man of the match was his excellent spell with the ball.