Razzaq wipes out Kiwis in final T20
Pakistan humiliated New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Wednesday as the Black Caps slumped to their lowest ever total in the ultra-short form of the game.cricket Updated: Dec 31, 2010 00:44 IST
Pakistan humiliated New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 international in Christchurch on Wednesday as the Black Caps slumped to their lowest ever total in the ultra-short form of the game.
New Zealand collapsed spectacularly chasing Pakistan's six for 183, with the top four batsmen all dismissed for ducks as the tourists shrugged off the form slump that saw them lose the first two matches of the three-match series.
Scott Styris was the only New Zealander who offered any resistance, scoring 45 off 34 balls as Abdul Razzaq and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi tore through the batting line up.
None of his team mates reached double figures, dispelling the optimism that lifted the New Zealand camp after coach John Wright's appointment before the series.
New Zealand's total of 80 after 15.5 overs was its lowest in Twenty20 internationals and Pakistan's 103-run winning margin was the largest ever between two Test playing nations.
Afridi said he wanted to set an imposing target after winning the toss and electing to bat on a dry wicket. His batsmen backed him up with a sparkling display. Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez went after New Zealand's bowlers from the outset, scoring at a rate of almost 10 an over for a partnership of 81 to give Pakistan their best start of the series.
Brief scores: Pakistan 183 for 6 ( A Shehzad 54, Franklin 2-12) lost to New Zealand 80 all out (Styris 45, Razzaq 3-13, Ahmed 1-13)
First Published: Dec 30, 2010 11:32 IST