In the latest T20 clash at University Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand asserted dominance, securing a 45-run victory against Pakistan and clinching an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-game series. Opting to bat first, New Zealand set an imposing target of 224-7, propelled by Finn Allen’s remarkable century. Allen’s explosive 137 from 62 balls, featuring 16 sixes, earned him the Player of the Match accolade for the second consecutive time.
Despite losing opener Devon Conway early, a dynamic 125-run partnership between Allen and Tim Seifert set the tone for New Zealand. Mohammad Wasim Jnr broke the partnership, dismissing Seifert for 31. Allen continued his onslaught, achieving his second T20I century before Zaman Khan halted his rampage in the 18th over.
Chasing the formidable target, Pakistan faced early setbacks, with opener Saim Ayub departing in the powerplay. Babar Azam’s resilient 58 and Mohammad Rizwan’s 24 offered some resistance, but Mitchell Santner’s crucial wicket disrupted their progress. Babar completed his third consecutive half-century but succumbed to Ish Sodhi, while Lockie Ferguson dismissed Fakhar Zaman.
Despite a late effort from Nawaz and captain Shaheen, Southee’s bowling brilliance, with two wickets for 29 runs, anchored New Zealand’s defense. Restricting Pakistan to 179-7, New Zealand secured a comprehensive victory.
Looking ahead, the fourth encounter between Pakistan and New Zealand is scheduled for January 19 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, with the first ball anticipated at 1110 PKT and the toss at 1040 PKT.
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