and it ends with a dropped catch on the boundary! Perhaps the only fitting way for this to end. Williamson stepped across and hoicked it to square leg, where it hung in the air for someone to complete a diving catch. Wahba got both hands on it, but put it down and it trickles away for four. New Zealand win the T20I series.
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Right, that just about wraps it up for today. New Zealand win the series with a game to spare, and they have a chance to go three of three in Napier on Tuesday. We hope you join us then. Goodbye!
Tim Southee is player of the match for his 4-21. " It was nice to get some shape on the ball early. So I just kept putting it in the right areas and asking the questions of the batsman," he says.
"Pakistan are a quality side, they will be disappointed with the results in these first two games. But they're shaping up nicely for the Test series and we're looking forward to the challenge."
"We lost the Powerplay again and that's where we lost," says Shadab in a familiar refrain. "The conditions are a little bit difficult and these are young openers. They will learn quickly but they are inexperienced. We take positives off Hafeez bhai's innings. I need to take responsibility for that loss. I take responsibility and commit to doing better."
"Those ten days or so were really special but you shift your focus and try and help the boys out," Williamson says about his leave of absence for his first-born child. "We know how string this Pakistan team is and really satisfying to get across the line today.
"Great knocks by both Hafeez and Seifert, but these pitches show if you can build partnerships you can get into strong positions. This was probably a par chase and we're happy to get it done."
Williamson tried to finish it first ball, but beaten by the extra pace. 4 off five
bouncer from Haris Rauf. Really looked like that should have been called wide, but he gets away with it. New Zealand need four off the final over
copy and paste from Williamson. Third man, open bat face, you know the drill
smart dive at deep extra from Hafeez to keep it down to a single
opens the face and just eases it to third man again
swipes it to long-on. Just a single, but really, that's all they need right now
runs it down to third man
Rohith: "Looks like Williamson is practicing for the tests already!"
that came back in and caught him, well, amidships. Excellent over from Faheem Ashraf. Just two off it. Still, New Zealand need just eight in two overs
cleared the front leg as he looked to club it to the onside. Beaten by the bounce
backfoot punch, not much timing but they manage to come across for a single, and that's his 50. Came off 37 balls, looks rather frustrated he slowed the innings down slightly
no timing, that's five dot balls from Williamson in a row as he tried to get a single to bring up his half-century
another dot ball for Williamson as he tried to run it down to third man
lofted over cover, and Khushdil nearly slipped and let the ball go for four again
Saeed : "Every t20 pitch in NZ has 200 runs in it. We cannot blame bowlers here. In both marches so far 200 was needed each time to make it competitive even. "
un-Williamson-like slog down the ground. Toe-end of the bat straight to mid-on. Three dot balls in a row and the half-century has to wait
slower ball, prevented Williamson from running it down to third man. Will have to wait for his fifty
short delivery, Williamson got underneath it but for once can't make the desired contact
driven to mid-off and they get another single thanks to a misfield
full and wide and Seifert brings his blade across like an executioner's axe. It races away past third man for another boundary
moved across his stumps and Shaheen sends it down legside. Umpire calls wide. Perhaps a little tough on the bowler
|Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 3-match series 2-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 1118|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.30, Interval 20.30-20.50, Second Session 20.50-22.20|
|Match days||20 December 2020 - night (20-over match)|
Seifert's blistering 84* beats Hafeez's classy 99* as New Zealand take series
Kane Williamson shifts focus back to cricket after 'incredibly special' week at home
|TL Seifert||not out||84||63|
|KS Williamson||not out||57||42|
|Total||164(1 wkt; 19.2 ovs)|