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Rizwan 89 denies New Zealand a whitewash

Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has helped Pakistan avoid a 0-3 loss against New Zealand in the third and final T20I at McLean Park, Napier.

Rizwan played 59 balls and hit 10 fours and three sixes in his career-best 89 runs. Chasing 174, opener Rizwan assured a good start in the innings. He reached his maiden T20I fifty in 40 balls.

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Veteran Mohammad Hafeez added pace to the innings with his 29-ball 41 runs, while there was not any notable contribution from other batsmen.

Rizwan was sent back by Kyle Jamieson on the second ball of the last over, when Pakistan still needed three to win. Iftikar Ahmed hit the fourth ball for a massive six to complete a four-wicket win.

Earlier, Devon Conway led New Zealand’s way to 173/7 after being put into bat. Conway made his second T20I half-century in six matches – 63 off 45, including a six and 7 fours.

Player of the series Tim Seifert made 20-ball 35, following two fifties. Glenn Phillips made 31 off 20.

Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets for 20 runs in four overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf bowled expensive spells for their two wickets each.

New Zealand and Pakistan will take on in two Tests, starting on the Boxing Day (December 26), in Maunt Maunganui. The second Test will be held in Christchurch from January 3.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 173/7 in 20 overs (Conway 63, Seifert 35; Faheem 3/20, Shaheen 2/43)

Pakistan 177/6 in 19.2 overs (Rizwan 89, Hafeez 41; Southee 2/25, Kuggeleijn 2/40)

Pakistan won by 4 wickets

New Zealand won the series 2-1

Player of the Match: Mohammad Rizwan

Player of the Series: Tim Seifert

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