Pakistan beat New Zealand by two runs in the first Twenty 20 played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first.
Pakistan set a target of 149-6 with Mohammad Hafeez (45), Sarfraz Ahmed (34) and Asif Ali (24). Chasing a decent target New Zealand failed 2 runs short to 146 for 6 in twenty overs. Pakistan’s best bowler was Hasan Ali who finished with 3-35.
The remaining two matches will be played in Dubai on Friday and Sunday.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
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23 August, 2019