NAPIER (Khyber News) – New Zealand have set a target of 174 runs for Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 International at the McLean Park, Napier. The hosts scored 173 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
Pakistan stand-in captain Shadab Khan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Devon Conway smashed 63 off 45 with seven fours and one six. Faheem Ashraf picked up three wickets for just 20 runs in his quota of four overs.
The Green Shirts have made three changes in the playing XI. Abdullah Shafique, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz have been left out while Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Hasnain are included in the last encounter.
Shadab Khan said at toss, “We’re going to bowl first because we’ve changed the team so we have depth in batting, so we want to chase. For most of them [Pakistan players], it’s their first tour in New Zealand and the bounce has affected them. Hopefully they’ll learn from that and do better.”
Skipper Kane Williamson said, “We’ve had a couple of strong performances and it’s important we keep looking to back that up. “It’s a good surface so hopefully we can make use of that first up and get a competitive total.”
Pakistan: Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi