New Zealand hosted Pakistan in the final game of the three-match T20I series at McLean Park, Napier on Tuesday (December 22).
Asked to bat first, the Kiwis posted 173/7 in 20 overs on the back of Devon Conway’s 45-ball 63. Tim Seifert (35 off 20 balls) and Glenn Phillips (31 off 20 balls) also made notable contributions with the bat.
Faheem Ashraf was the stand-out bowler for Pakistan, claiming 3 wickets by conceding 20 runs in his four overs.
In reply, the visitors overhauled the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare. Opening the innings, Mohammad Rizwan played a dazzling knock of 59-ball 89 to lead the foundation while Mohammad Hafeez (41 off 29 balls) and Iftikhar Ahmed (14* off 7 balls) chipped in with valuable contributions during the chase.
Tim Southee (2-25) bowled well for New Zealand but other bowlers proved to be expensive while defending the total.
Despite the loss, the Black Caps clinched the T20I series 2-1 on the basis of emphatic victories in the first two games.
New Zealand 173/7 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 63; Faheem Ashraf 3-20) lost to Pakistan 177/6 in 19.4 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 89; Tim Southee 2-25) by 4 wickets.