Kane Williamson was the highest scorer in the New zealand innings as he scored 32 off 31 delievries before being dismissed off Shahid Afridi © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kane Williamson (above) was the highest scorer in the New zealand innings as he scored 32 off 31 delievries before being dismissed off Shahid Afridi © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 5, 2014

New Zealand set a target of 145 against Pakistan in the second T20 international at the Dubai Sports Complex in Dubai on Friday. New Zealand played good as compared to the last night’s game and finished on a total of 144 for the l0ss of eight wickets.

Earlier, Paksitan skipper, Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan had also won the toss and elected to field in the last night’s game as well against New Zealand. Both the team made a few changes as Pakistan made a couple of changes while New Zealand made four changes from the last night’s game which Pakistan won by seven wickets.

New Zealand were off to a good start as they reached 48 for no loss at end of mandatory powerplay after six overs. Openers Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich put a 49-run partnership for the opening wicket before Paksitan bowlers, Mohammad Hafeez and Afridi striked with three quick wickets to dismiss Devcich, Dean Brownlie and Williamson to put pressure on New Zealand and incoming batsmen.

However, after the dismissal of Ross Taylor by Raza Hasan, it was Luke Ronchi and Tom Latham who put up a good 38-run stand to put New Zealand’s batting order back on track partially. Nonetheless, the pair failed to last long as both Latham and Ronchi were dismissed succesively off Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir for 26 and 31 respectively.

Followed them was senior-most pro of the team, Daniel Vettori and James Neesahm. Vettori’s reign was short lived as he was dismissed of Gul for a golden duck after facing just three deliveries. So was Nathan McCullum who got run out after scoring just four off three balls in the 19th over. Neesham finished the innings with Kyle Mills after adding 11 more to the toal and finishing on 144 for the loss of eight.

In the bowling attack of Pakistan, Gul and Afridi were the most successful of all claiming a couple of wickets each for 24 and 33 respectively.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 144 for 8 after 20 overs (K Williamson 32, L Ronchi 31; U Gul 2 for 24, S afridi 2 for 33) vs Pakistan.