In Spite of Iftikhar’s Heroics, New Zealand Takes the Third Twenty20 International

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The host team holds a 2-1 advantage in the five-game series.

Team Changes

For the third Twenty20 international match, New Zealand made 2 changes to their team. Ish Sodhi and Adam Milne both made their way back into the lineup. In the meantime, Pakistan decided to give Zaman Khan some time off and replace him with Naseem Shah.

New Zealand Inning

In the twenty overs they were given to them, New Zealand scored 163 for 5, with their captain, Tom Latham, hitting fifty.

Latham hit seven boundaries and a pair of sixes on his way to scoring 64 runs in just 49 balls during his innings.

Additionally, Daryl Mitchel contributed by scoring 33 runs while facing 26 deliveries.

In Pakistan’s innings, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi each took a pair of wickets, and Shadab Khan was responsible for one of his team’s losses.

Following victories in the first two games of the series, the home team now holds a 2-to-1 lead in the overall series.

The remaining two Twenty20 International matches will be played at Rawalpindi on 20th April and 24th April.

As a result of eight New Zealand players participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the fact that the team’s captain, Kane Williamson, is sidelined with a serious knee injury, Tom Latham will lead the team as captain. This will provide newcomers with a lot of chances to shine.

Following the conclusion of the five-match Twenty20 series, New Zealand and Pakistan will engage in a total of five one-day internationals against one another. The purpose of these matches is to hone preparations for the next ODI World Cup in India.

The tour is intended to serve as some sort of atonement for the fact that New Zealand canceled their trip to Pakistan on the day the first game was to be played in September 2021, claiming worries about the country’s safety.

A mere three months ago, the Black Caps traveled to Pakistan to compete in 2 Tests and 3 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

Pakistan Inning

Iftikhar Ahmed, who batted in the middle order, played a blistering performance, scoring 60 runs in just 24 balls, but it was not sufficient to get his team across the finish line. The aggressive knock he delivered consisted of 3 boundaries and 6 maximums.

James Neesham was the best of the New Zealand pacer, taking three scalps, and Adam Milne and Rachin Ravindra each grabbed a pair of wickets.

In the previous encounter, Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, hit a century; but, in this match, he was only able to score a single run in six deliveries.

During his brief cameo, Faheem Ashraf scored 27 runs off of just 14 deliveries, which included 2 fours, a pair of sixes, and as many boundaries.

Pakistan was attempting to reach a goal score of 164 runs, but they were dismissed for 159 runs on the very last ball of their innings.

Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper for Pakistan, was injured in the back in the second Twenty20 International (T20I), but the team’s doctors’ panel determined that he would be able to play in the third T20I despite the injury.


In the 3rd Twenty20 international match of the series, which took place on Monday in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium, New Zealand prevailed against Pakistan by a score of four runs.


New Zealand: Chad Bowes, Tom Latham (c & wk), James Neesham, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Mark Chapman, Ish Sodhi, Ben Lister, Matt Henry

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi

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