Pakistan clinched the first match of three T20 match series against New Zealand in the end by 16 runs. For his quick 23 in 8 balls and 2 wickets with ball, Shahid Afridi declared man-of-the-match.
Shahid Afridi is Man of the match for his brilliant all round performance #NZvPAK
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) January 15, 2016
New Zealand started the chase cautiously after losing Guptill early, but then Colin Munro 56 runs in 27 balls with 6 huge sixes shifted the momentum for Black caps. 74 runs were required in 61 balls when Wahab Riaz claimed the wicket of Munro, after that it was uphill task for the home side. In the end New Zealand were all out on the last ball of the ininings with 17 runs more to win. Kayne Willimson Captain, tried his best to turned the tide for his team but had to leave the crease in the last over, he scored 70 runs while playing 60 balls.
Mohammad Amir after the spot-fixing ban, playing his first match, it doesn’t look like he was making his come back after so many years, as he was on the target from the word go and pace was fiery , luck was not with him as Afridi and Sohaib dropped the catches on his bowling. In his quota of overs, he gave 31 runs claimed one wicket of MJ Henry.
— Ifra Nadeem (@IfraAshraf) January 15, 2016
Playing first, Pakistan managed to put up 171 with losing 8 wickets. Main stay of the ininigs was Mohammad Hafeez who made his 61 runs in 47 balls, small contributions from middle and lower-middle order helps Pakistan to reach this far. Shoaib Malik 20, Umar Akmal 24, Shahid Afridi 23 and Imad Wasim 18 scored before getting out.
New Zealand pace attack wayward line and length made easy for the Pakistan batsman but left-arm off spinner debutant MJ Santer in his quota of 4 overs picked 2 wickets by giving away only 14 runs.