Pakistan opt to bat, Yamin replaces Hasan

The third match will be played at 11:00 AM at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui on Sunday

The third match will be played at 11:00 AM at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui on Sunday

Pakistan toppled New Zealand to the top of ICC T20 rankings as they clinch the three match-match series vs Kiwis 2-1 on Sunday.

After electing to bat first, Pakistan top order batsmen Fakhar Zaman (50), Ahmed Shehzad (44), Babar Azam (50 not out) and Sarfraz Ahmed (41) delivered brilliant knocks to help Pakistan reach 201/4 at the end of their innings.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had earlier won the toss and chose to bat first.

Earlier, Fakhar Zaman scored 46 runs off 36 balls with five fours and one six in a fashionable way. New Zealand are the number one team in the world in the shortest format but Pakistan are number two.

The whole New Zealand Team were bowled out for 153 runs in 18.3 overs, falling short of 48 runs.

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The hosts were dealt the first blow when captain Kane Williamson was sent packing by Faheem Ashraf.

Pakistan couldn't claim the second wicket until the 13th over but Martin Guptill and Anaru Kitchen's cautious approach meant that only 84 runs were on the board until then. The Pakistan bowlers showed good discipline with Shadab Khan taking 2 for 19.

Ross Taylor (24) and Santner (24*) also chipped in with their cameos but Pakistan were not to be denied a much-needed victory.

A victory in last T20 would bless Pakistan with the first ever T20 Series win in New Zealand.

Shadab was named the man of the match, whereas pacer Mohammad Amir claimed the man-of-the-series accolade.

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