Ebene News – United States – Black Caps vs Pakistan: Home winning streak ends as touring squad take it over in Napier

Pakistan ended New Zealand’s 11-game winning streak at home in Napier thriller as hosts count injury cost from bizarre Tuesday night

In pursuit of a 3-0 Twenty20 Series sweep, the Black Caps were unable to defend 173-7 as Pakistan’s new test skipper Mohammad Rizwan broke away at McLean Park in his team’s four-wicket victory

Summoned to lead the Boxing Day test in place of injured Babar Azam, Rizwan was nearly unstoppable under the lights, igniting 89 out of 59 bullets to bring Pakistan to the brink in front of a loud crowd of 6,493

Then, after Tim Southee hit with two wickets in two balls and Kyle Jamieson knocked out Rizwan with three required to win, Iftikhar Ahmed slammed Jamieson for six years to land him with two balls in reserve. It was just the boost Pakistan needed after the difficult first weeks of its tour and the scares of Covid-19, and showed there would be no pushovers from here despite the massive loss of ‘Azam

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It’s not since February 2 that the Black Caps have lost at home, a T20 loss to India, which was followed by 11 successive wins in all formats

They also left McLean Park with injury concerns Opener Martin Guptill split his right index finger when releasing a grip and did not return, while skater Ish Sodhi had a 50th T20 international to forget

He played solo before suffering left hamstring strain as he dove into the outfield which also ended his night and left captain Kane Williamson with bowling headaches

Unchanged from their Hamilton series victory, a test-force Black Caps attack never really got Pakistan on the back foot as the dew set in and the pitch shifted. seemed to accelerate

They played too straight and were whipped in the leg, especially when veteran Mohammad Hafeez beat Jimmy Neesham for two sixes, the second measured at 89m and slamming on the roof of the Harris Stand

Sub-vaulter Daryl Mitchell played his part, taking a ripper to get the ball away from Haider Ali after Guptill left

Mitchell’s safe hands captured two more catches including Hafeez for a 41 of 29, but the limits also sank

The key moment was Scott Kuggeleijn’s final, with Pakistan needing 54 of 30 Rizwan gave him four and six and the equation was in their favor unless calamity struck

A dazzling 63-by-45-ball Devon Conway strike drove New Zealand’s total, which didn’t seem quite enough, though the pitch might have been harder to hit than expected

After being sent off by Shadab Khan for the first time in this series, New Zealand’s innings had it all: a few brutal punches, a flurry of wickets, and Napier’s now-familiar sunburn

Fortunately, the setting sun at the Chapman booth only caused a five-minute delay just after 8 p.m., as Conway and Glenn Phillips narrowed their eyes.

Two years ago the game was stopped for 40 minutes with Indian drummer Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in the crease

The English mammoth 241-3 from 13 months ago may have been very early in the sights of in-form drummers Tim Seifert continued where he left off in Hamilton, skinning Mohammad Hasnain over it cover for a flat six, then muscling it for a long time with a shot touching a smash over the head

But he started to stutter when Pakistani bowlers found their line After Guptill (19) left cheaply to continue his ominous trot, Williamson cut the fourth ball and Seifert (35), in full flight, missed one that suffocated the faithful Faheem Ashraf

Conway and Phillips (31 of 20) straightened the ship as the Wellington Firebirds left-hander mixed delicious cricket hits with sheer power

He hit his second half-century in his fourth international T20 round, on 39 balls with a causal hit from Haris Rauf in the Harris pit, then followed with an off-road manual

Conway started with three balls to the left, a valuable shot that at least gave his bowlers a chance to defend themselves

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Ebene News – United States – Black Caps vs Pakistan: winning streak home ends as tour team regain the upper hand at Napier

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/black-caps/123795941/black-caps-vs-pakistan-home-winning-streak-ends-as-touring-side-claw-one-back-in-napier