Opener Tim Seifert carried his bat for 84 in an unbroken 129-run partnership with Kane Williamson to steer New Zealand to a nine-wicket win over Pakistan within the second Twenty20 worldwide Sunday and an unassailable 2-Zero lead within the three-match sequence.
Williamson completed 57 not out in his return to the brief format as New Zealand overtook Pakistan’s complete of 163-6 with 4 balls to spare.
Seifert took his runs from solely 63 balls with eight fours and three sixes, unleashing all kinds of pictures on a flat wicket in opposition to a Pakistan assault that struggled to search out persistently difficult lengths.
Williamson was scratchy at first, then grew to become unstoppable, reaching his 12th T20 worldwide half century from 37 balls on the identical floor the place he scored a test-best 251 in his final innings.
“It was a great floor, good for the bowlers however clearly in case you might construct partnerships you possibly can get there,” Williamson mentioned.
Earlier, veteran Mohammad Hafeez was left unbeaten on 99, his highest rating in 98 T20 internationals, as Pakistan once more fell in need of a difficult complete.
Hafeez got here to the final over 82 not out, hit three singles, a six and a 4 and was 93 not out with just one ball left within the innings. He did one of the best he might, hitting the ultimate supply for six to complete simply in need of a maiden century.
New Zealand was strengthened Sunday by the return of 4 members of its check squad, together with Williamson, who missed the primary match of the sequence. Williamson additionally missed the second check in opposition to the West Indies as a result of delivery of his first little one.
Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson additionally returned, giving New Zealand an all-new tempo assault. Southee made his presence felt, taking Four-21 from his 4 overs to weaken the Pakistan innings.
Boult took Zero-33 and Jamieson Zero-43 however New Zealand typically bowled nicely after dropping the toss.
Pakistan additionally received the toss and batted within the first match of the sequence at Eden Park. It was caught out when its top-order batsmen went too laborious early, with out ready to get the tempo of a pitch on which the ball typically stopped but in addition bounced sharply.
The highest order failed and Pakistan was 5-39 earlier than recovering to 153-9.
Assured his batsmen had discovered that lesson, captain Shadab Khan batted once more on profitable the toss. Once more the Pakistan prime order batsmen had been in all probability too keen and, within the face of Southee’s first spell during which he took Three-16 from three overs, slumped to Four-56.
Mohammad Rizwan struck two fours from the primary over from Boult and Haider hit the second ball of Southee’s first over for six, suggesting early aggression was a sound coverage.
However Southee bit again because the ball swung somewhat, claiming the wickets of Haider and Abdullah Shafique within the area of two balls in his first over to place Pakistan on the again foot at 2-16.
Rizwan made a stable 22 from 20 balls with 4 boundaries to revive momentum. He performed basic cricket pictures and was wanting in good kind when he drove at a ball from Southee that nipped away, edging to wicketkeeper Tim Seifert.
Shadab fell subsequent, pulling too near his physique and skying a catch to Southee from the bowling of Jimmy Neesham.
From Four-56 Hafeez revived the innings in a 63-run fifth wicket partnership with Khushdil Shah (14).
Faheem Ashraf (Four) was Pakistan’s prime scorer within the sequence opener however got here and went rapidly Sunday.
Hafeez stayed and held collectively the innings, dominating the scoring and reaching his 14th T20 half century from 37 balls.
New Zealand’s innings was given a extra stable begin by openers Martin Guptill and Seifert who scored 35 in Three.Three overs earlier than Guptill was caught from the bowling of Faheem.
Seifert, who made 57 in Auckland, took up the assault, hitting three sixes inside 4 balls within the seventh over, bowled by Wahab Riaz. The primary was pulled flat over backward sq., the second hit down the bottom and the third hoisted over sq. into the jap terraces.
Seifert reached his second consecutive 50 from 32 balls with 5 fours and three sixes. After 10 overs New Zealand was 91-1 when Pakistan had been 65-Four.
New Zealand got here to the final over needing 5 runs to win. Williamson missed the primary ball however hit the second via the fingers of the boundary fielder for 4 to seal the win.