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Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I at Lahore, PAK v NZ, Apr 17 2023 - Match Result

RESULT
3rd T20I (N), Lahore, April 17, 2023, New Zealand tour of Pakistan
(20 ov, T:164) 159

New Zealand won by 4 runs

Player Of The Match
64 (49)
tom-latham
61

Iftikhar and Faheem Ashraf's 61-run partnership is PAK's highest for the 8th wicket in T20Is, breaking the record of 58 between Imad Wasim and Anwar Ali

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand 163/5(20 overs)
Pakistan 159/10(20 overs)
2/37 (4)
end of over 2010 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 159/10CRR: 7.95 
Naseem Shah0 (3b)
James Neesham 4-0-38-3
Matt Henry 4-0-27-1

That's it from ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the third T20I. We hope you enjoyed our watch. Don't forget to join us again on Thursday when these two sides will be back in action at Rawalpindi. Until then, it's goodbye and goodnight from Momin and the rest of the crew.

Tom Latham: It was a great game of cricket. We were pleased to get a competitive total on the board and it's satisfying to get across the line and keep the series alive. I think the whole squad will take a lot of confidence from this match moving forward. What set up the win for us was the three early wickets in the powerplay that I thought pegged them back slightly. Sodhi and Ravindra were superb for us through the middle phases. It was very nice to contribute at the top of the order [on his 64 off 49] and make full use of the powerplay. We pride ourselves on our fielding and keep the bar high everytime we set foot into the middle.

Tom Latham has been awarded the Player of the Match award

Babar Azam: I think we didn't bat well enough tonight. We kept losing wicket at crucial stages because of which the pressure kept building throughout the run-chase. We have kept our batting order flexible [on Iftikhar's demotion tonight]. Iftikhar delivered tonight and Faheem also chipped in with crucial runs. Our bowlers have been superb throughout this series, so far, and they have executed most of the plans.

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Tautoru: "Finally NZ wins v Pakistan. That's rare because Pakistan are so good v NZ. Great game, hard fought by both. "

Bob: "Kiwi fan here. Stunning innings from Iftikhar, should be player of the match. Can't fathom why he wasn't batting higher. Very relieved it didn't go to a super over"

Kalpesh : "These are kind of the games till you don't know the result till the last ball country does not matter."

12.55pm: Woof, what an enthralling finish we have had to the match with New Zealand squeezing past Pakistan by a bare margin. Much like their opposition, Pakistan commenced their innings sluggishly. Both Babar and Rizwan were dismissed inside the powerplay and Fakhar and Saim couldn't hang around for long either. Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals throughout the middle overs and looked down for the count at 92/7 after 15 overs. Iftikhar and Faheem then stringed together a brilliant 61-run partnership as they took down the likes of Milne and Neesham to keep them in the game. Iftikhar struck a blistering 24-ball 60 but his herculean effort couldn't carry Pakistan across the line as they fell agonizingly short by 4 runs. Neesham did well to cover up for the injured Lister and to keep Iftikhar at bay in the last over while the spin-bowling duo of Ravindra and Sodhi as well as Milne also chipped in with crucial wickets.

Amir Ali: "Shaheen giving those 5 extra runs and Naseem Shah swinging for 3 balls for nothing where all was just required to tak single and give strike to Iftikhar proved costly, but a well fought match nonetheless."

Anwar: "Brilliant game, but New Zealand the worthy winners. Pakistan didn't deserve to win after leaving their best batsman Iftikhar at the bottom"

Rashid : "Well played iftikhar. Nz were strong to win this until iffy masterclass inning. Congrats to kiwis they put up good show tonight "

19.6
W
Neesham to Haris Rauf, OUT

Can't clear the boundary and he's out! Length ball in the channel, Rauf shuffles across and looks to heave it over the on-side, ends up splicing it and it's safely gobbled up at cow corner. Neesham keeps his cool and New Zealand have won by four runs.

Haris Rauf c Bowes b Neesham 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 0

5 needed off the last ball

19.5
Neesham to Haris Rauf, no run

Shortish delivery, just outside off, Rauf swings off his feet but the ball sneaks through to the keeper

Haris Rauf is the last man in

19.4
W
Neesham to Iftikhar, OUT

Neesham strikes back! What a breakthrough this is for New Zealand. Another full delivery from Neesham, was right in the arc for Iftikhar to loft it over but the blade twirls in his hand as he holes out to long-on. A swashbuckling effort from his comes to a close with Pakistan still requiring 5 off 2.

Iftikhar Ahmed c Mitchell b Neesham 60 (24b 3x4 6x6 43m) SR: 250
19.3
4
Neesham to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Crashed for four! Neesham serves up a low full-toss just outside off, Iftikhar gets low to get underneath it and absolutely bludgeons it to the left of long-off.

19.2
Neesham to Iftikhar, no run

Drags it further outside off, Iftikhar throws his bat at it and fails to connect

19.1
6
Neesham to Iftikhar, SIX runs

Smoked for six more! Woof, that's a shot and a half. Walks across and just helps it over the deep square leg boundary. The connection on that was just sublime

So, it's down to Iftikhar. Neesham has been handed the ball with Lister off the field. 15 needed off 6. Neesham going round the wicket.

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 149/8CRR: 7.84 RRR: 15.00 • Need 15 from 6b
Naseem Shah0 (3b)
Iftikhar Ahmed50 (20b 2x4 5x6)
Matt Henry 4-0-27-1
Adam Milne 4-0-37-2
18.6
Henry to Naseem Shah, no run

Hard length again, Naseem hangs back and swings but cannot get any bat on this one either

18.5
Henry to Naseem Shah, no run

Shortish, homing into his helmet, Naseem shuffles across and tries to smear it into the leg-side, gets beaten again

18.4
Henry to Naseem Shah, no run

Length delivery, wide outside off, tries to guide it fine but gets beaten

Naseem Shah in now, Pakistan needing 15 off 9

Another twist in this fascinating tale

18.3
W
Henry to Faheem, OUT

And gone! Henry gets his man this time. Low full-toss on the stumps, Faheem stoops low to get underneath but cannot get the right elevation as he smokes it straight down long-on's throat.

Faheem Ashraf c Mitchell b Henry 27 (14b 2x4 2x6 23m) SR: 192.85
18.2
6
Henry to Faheem, SIX runs

Pulled away with disdain! Henry comes round the wicket now and bangs it in short, Faheem maintains a stable base and swipes it sublimely over the deep midwicket fielder. Pakistan exclusively dealing in boundaries at the moment

18.2
1w
Henry to Faheem, 1 wide

Fuller length, angling across, Faheem leaves it alone for the keeper to collect as it's way outside off and adjudged as wide

18.1
1
Henry to Iftikhar, 1 run

Fuller delivery, wide outside off, leans into a well-timed square drive to bring up a magnificent fifty off just 20 balls

Henry to bowl his last, Pakistan needing 23 off 12

end of over 1823 runs
PAK: 141/7CRR: 7.83 RRR: 11.50 • Need 23 from 12b
Faheem Ashraf21 (12b 2x4 1x6)
Iftikhar Ahmed49 (19b 2x4 5x6)
Adam Milne 4-0-37-2
Matt Henry 3-0-19-0

Pakistan have come roaring back into the contest with a 23-run over

17.6
6
Milne to Faheem, SIX runs

Lambasted over cow corner! Faheem now joins the party as he climbs into this gentle-paced short delivery by Milne and sends it high and handsome over the deep leg-side boundary.

17.5
Milne to Faheem, no run

Slower delivery wide outside off, tries to glide it away but fails to connect

17.4
1
Milne to Iftikhar, 1 run

Shortish ball, outside off, dabbed away into the offside for one

16 runs from the first three

17.3
6
Milne to Iftikhar, SIX runs

Hammered over deep midwicket! Another attempted yorker that turns into a leg-stump full-toss, Iftikhar is seeing it like a football and clobbers it into the on-side. It sails way over the deep midwicket fielder.

17.2
4
Milne to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Four more! Slower delivery, wide outside off, Iftikhar waits for it to arrive and glides it expertly with an open-faced blade to the right of the wicketkeeper.

17.1
6
Milne to Iftikhar, SIX runs

Hoicked away for six! Milne offers a gimme on the pads, a juicy full-toss that Iftikhar gleefully accepts as he walks across and helps it over the deep backward square boundary for a gigantic six

Milne to bowl his last with 46 runs needed off 18

end of over 1710 runs
PAK: 118/7CRR: 6.94 RRR: 15.33 • Need 46 from 18b
Iftikhar Ahmed32 (15b 1x4 3x6)
Faheem Ashraf15 (10b 2x4)
Matt Henry 3-0-19-0
James Neesham 3-0-28-1
16.6
1
Henry to Iftikhar, 1 run

Shortish, wide outside off, cracks his cut shot but there is protection at deep point

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
TWM Latham
64 runs (49)
7 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
1 four0 six
Control
71%
Iftikhar Ahmed
60 runs (24)
3 fours6 sixes
Productive shot
slog shot
22 runs
1 four3 sixes
Control
79%
Best performances - bowlers
JDS Neesham
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
3
ECO
9.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Haris Rauf
O
4
M
0
R
31
W
2
ECO
7.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Series resultPakistan led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 2047
Hours of play (local time)21.00 start, First Session 21.00-22.30, Interval 22.30-22.50, Second Session 22.50-00.20
Match days17 April 2023 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Language
English
Win Probability
NZ 100%
NZPAK
100%50%100%NZ InningsPAK Innings

Over 20 • PAK 159/10

Iftikhar Ahmed c Mitchell b Neesham 60 (24b 3x4 6x6 43m) SR: 250
W
Haris Rauf c Bowes b Neesham 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 0
W
New Zealand won by 4 runs
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