Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson helped New Zealand pick up record victory against Pakistan in 2nd T20I    Getty Images
Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson helped New Zealand pick up record victory against Pakistan in 2nd T20I Getty Images

Both New Zealand and Pakistan will be aiming for a win in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) of the series at Wellington. The three-match T20I series is tied up at 1-1. While Pakistan won the first T20I at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand registered the victory in the second T20I at Hamilton with full domination and leveled the series 1-1. The Wellington will see the decider of the series as the both teams look forward to win the final contest and lift the trophy. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I match at Wellington

The Pakistan team were fully dominated by the hosts in the second T20I. Winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat first and were quick to lose a wicket as Ahmed Shehzad departed making only 9 runs. The New Zealand bowlers kept on damaging the Pakistan batting until it was Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal’s partnership that came to the rescue. The duo added 63 runs together before Malik departed making 39 off 30. Akmal stayed at the crease till the end as he scored an unbeaten 56 off 27 deliveries, with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes. READ: Brendon McCullum likely to play for 3rd ODI of New Zealand vs Pakistan at Auckland

Pakistan’s heroes of first T20I, Shahid Afridi and Mohamad Hafeez failed to make any impact with their performance in the second one. While Hafeez scored 19 off 23, hitting a couple of boundaries and a six, Afridi’s brief innings came to an end followed by a solitary six from his bat.

It was a combined effort from the New Zealand bowlers that restricted Pakistan within 170, making their final scorecard look like 168/7 in their 20 overs. Bowlers Mitchell Santner, Corey Anderson, Adam Milne and Grant Elliott all got one wicket each while Mitchell McClenaghan took a couple.

Chasing the target, New Zealand did remarkably well as they chased the entire total down without losing a single wicket. Openers Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson broke a number of records as they made the highest-run partnership for the first and any wicket in T20I, adding 171 runs together. They also recorded the maximum runs chased by any team, without losing any wickets in T20Is, breaking England’s record. Guptill finished off with 87 runs off 58 deliveries while Williamson scored a 48-ball 72, gifting New Zealand a much needed victory to stay valid in the series.

New Zealand came back strongly in the series with a power-packed performance in the second T20I. The hosts excelled in both batting and bowling while their fielding was also impressive. On the other hand, the Pakistan team seems to be dependent upon individual performances. The team lacks potential all-rounders, the most experienced and accomplished being Shahid Afridi. However, Afridi too has lacked his usual consistency in recent times, and in a situation like this he will have to shine and keep on delivering performances consistently. Another player who needs to prove his worth is Mohammad Aamer. After his much talked-about return to the team, Aamer hasn not really put in a noteworthy performance. He will have to make a mark with his bowling to secure his place in the Pakistan squad for ICC World T20 2016.


New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Mark Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor (rested for first game).

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Gul, Aamer Yamin, Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Saad Nasim, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz

Time: 19:00 local | 06:00 GMT | 11:30 IST

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)