Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Tahuhu, Kerr rout Pakistan

New Zealand women 118 for 9 (Perry 26, Mir 2-18, Iqbal 2-30) beat Pakistan women 104 (Riaz 28*, Kerr 3-16, Tahuhu 3-17) by 14 runs

Pakistan stumbled in a chase of 119 in the one-off Twenty20 International, the first bilateral T20I between both sides, in Nelson to round off a winless tour of New Zealand.

Lea Tahuhu, the medium pacer, was involved in four top-order wickets - she took three of them and then inflicted a run-out - as Pakistan slipped to 22 for 4 in the sixth over. Only two of the top six got into double digits.

Amelia Kerr, the sixteen-year old debutant, picked up three wickets with her legspin to scythe through the lower order. Aliya Riyaz, the No. 10 batsman, top scored and remained unbeaten on 28, when the last wicket fell. Pakistan were bowled out for 104 off the last ball of their innings.

After being blanked 5-0 in the ODIs, Pakistan made a strong start, dismissing opener Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest by the second over. New Zealad continued to lose wickets in clumps - Amy Sattherthwaite and Sophie Devine fell off consecutive deliveries to Sana Mir in the fifth over - to be reduced to 36 for 4.

That they got to three figures was courtesy cameos from Liz Perry (26), Katie Perkins (17) and Tahuhu (16). Mir, the offspinner, took 2 for 18 off four overs, while Asmavia Iqbal, the medium pacer, took 2 for 30. Left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf was the most economical bowler, giving away just 13 in four overs while taking a wicket.

PAK Women 2nd innings Partnerships

1st2Javeria KhanAyesha Zafar
2nd14Bismah MaroofAyesha Zafar
3rd0Nain AbidiAyesha Zafar
4th6Iram JavedAyesha Zafar
5th12Nida DarIram Javed
6th17Asmavia IqbalIram Javed
7th3Asmavia IqbalSidra Nawaz
8th6Asmavia IqbalSana Mir
9th30Sana MirAliya Riaz
10th14Sadia YousufAliya Riaz