result
3rd T20I (N), Napier, Dec 22 2020, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(19.4/20 ov, target 174)177/6
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
89 (59)
mohammad-rizwan
Player Of The Series
176 runs
tim-seifert
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• Alagappan Muthu

Rizwan's 89 off 59 the centrepiece of Pakistan victory

New Zealand put up 173 on the board thanks to Conway's fifty, but it wasn't enough

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Scores: Venkat Raghav
Comms: Danyal Rasool
Scorecard summary
New Zealand173/7(20 overs)
Pakistan177/6(19.4 overs)

And that brings our coverage to the end. Great series win for NZ and excellent consolation win for Pakistan. Was good fun throughout, and played in fantastic spirits, as you might expect. In front of crowds, too. I'd forgotten what that was like. I'm signing off, watch out for Al's report. Take care.

"Pakistan played very well tonight," says a slightly subdued Williamson. "I thought our first innings total was a very good one, but Pakistan showed their class in the chase. No matter what total you have to chase, you have to bat well. They put up partnerships and we struggled to break them. At times it's just as simple as that.

"I'd like to thank Pakistan for coming over and making this series possible, and giving the Kiwis some cricket to watch over this period," says Williamson. Always knows what to say and hits the right notes, does Kane

"How Rizwan and Hafeez play shows the character of this time," Shadab says. "They stand up and deliver at crucial times. It's a good learning experience for me. We learned a lot. We made many mistakes in the field and we need to improve upon that. This will boost our Test team as well, so this win's great for that, too."

Tim Seifert is the Player of the Series

. "The main thing is we got the series win but credit to Pakistan. They played very well tonight. In T20, you get a couple of wickets and it's game on. I thought our bowlers stuck to it nicely and unfortunate we couldn't get over the line."

Rizwan is, of course, the Player of the Match. "The last match of the series is very important to us because we need confidence for the Test series. It's an honour that I will be captain for that series. The management trusted me despite missing out in the first two games. They told me again and again that I will perform, and I am grateful to them. I love the Pakistan fans because they support us wherever we go."

Well, what a T20I this has been. Congratulations of course to New Zealand, for wrapping up the series; they have overall been the better side. And to Pakistan for a brilliant chase tonight that for long periods seemed unlikely.

19.4
6
Jamieson to Iftikhar, SIX runs

Iftikhar seals it with a HUUUUGE six! that's it, and Pakistan finally get this done. It was in the slot and Iftikhar swing for the fences - and connected!. Pakistan win by four wickets, they finally get the job done. That'll do them the world of good after a difficult month in New Zealand, and maybe, maybe give them a shot in the arm before the Test series

19.3
Jamieson to Iftikhar, no run

short and wide, that cut shot needed to be a metre either side of backward point. Three off three now

19.2
W
Jamieson to Rizwan, OUT

this has gone straight up, and Pakistan lose Rizwan!This game is still alive. Rizwan thought it was in the slot and he looked to deposit it over cow corner like he's done so often this innings, but it goes high up. A glorious knock comes to an end, and Pakistan still need three

Mohammad Rizwan c Conway b Jamieson 89 (103m 59b 10x4 3x6) SR: 150.84
19.1
1
Jamieson to Iftikhar, 1 run

full ball to start off. Carves it down to cover point for a single, gets Rizwan on strike

Jamieson to bowl the final over

end of over 197 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 170/5CRR: 8.94 RRR: 4.00
Iftikhar Ahmed7 (4)
Mohammad Rizwan89 (58)
Tim Southee 4-0-25-2
Trent Boult 4-0-43-0
18.6
1
Southee to Iftikhar, 1 run

short ball and Iftikhar keeps the strike. Sensible batting

jasnesh: "pakistan is the manchester united of cricket. every game is a jekyll and hyde performance. "

18.5
2
Southee to Iftikhar, 2 runs

that one's timed better, but fine leg will cut it off. Iftikhar gets another priceless two, though

Mohammad Malik: "Pakistan doing what Pakistan does best!"

18.4
4
Southee to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

an ungainly hoick, there was nothing convincing about that but no fielder out there around cow corner on the boundary. NZ had one too many in the ring and Iftikhar manages to punish them

18.3
Southee to Iftikhar, no run

that hat-trick ball was on the money. Tailing back in to Iftikhar and he gets a thick inside edge. Three dot balls in a row, and this is getting tricky again

18.2
W
Southee to Shadab, OUT

Two in two! Shadab gone for a golden done. A little too close to cut and he only manages to get an edge through to Seifert. Are Pakistan going to blow this?

Shadab Khan c †Seifert b Southee 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
18.1
W
Southee to Faheem, OUT

gets the wicket of Faheem! Is there life in this contest still? Nothing special about that ball, short and wide and there to be hit, but he only manages a faint edge, and Pakistan lose their fourth

Faheem Ashraf c †Seifert b Southee 2 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Alam Ali: "Pakistan's game to loose now at this stage."

end of over 1813 runs
PAK: 163/3CRR: 9.05 RRR: 5.50
Mohammad Rizwan89 (58)
Faheem Ashraf2 (2)
Trent Boult 4-0-43-0
James Neesham 4-0-37-1
17.6
4
Boult to Rizwan, FOUR runs

that's a knee high full toss, and Rizwan punishes it! Slaps him to cow corner and it nearly goes all the way. Asking rate under six for the first time now

Kahaf: "That smile on Misbah's face when Rizwan hits four depicts the face of happiest dad whose son topped in class surprisingly"

17.5
1
Boult to Faheem, 1 run

good ball, right in the blockhole. Driven down to long-on for a single

17.4
1
Boult to Rizwan, 1 run

flat batted that short delivery. Didn't quite manage to get on top of it but it lands safe among two fielders

17.3
4
Boult to Rizwan, FOUR runs

that area is proving really productive for Rizwan. Slower ball but he goes back and across and clubs him over square leg for four

17.2
Boult to Rizwan, no run

clever slower delivery, Rizwan can't quite get a hold of that

17.2
1w
Boult to Rizwan, 1 wide

that's a wide yorker, but a bit too wide for NZ's liking. Umpire calls it, too, nearly on the outer line

17.1
2
Boult to Rizwan, 2 runs

wide full toss, lucky not be punished with four. A sloppy throw to the non-striker's end, though, and they still scamper through for a couple

Yadullah: "Although Pakistan is in a driving seat, but we can't ignore the unpredictable nature of Pakistanis. That might be the factor for commentry team still feeling shy to give it to Pakistan." Not the worst conclusion

end of over 1713 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 150/3CRR: 8.82 RRR: 8.00
Mohammad Rizwan78 (53)
Faheem Ashraf1 (1)
James Neesham 4-0-37-1
Scott Kuggeleijn 4-0-40-2
16.6
1
Neesham to Rizwan, 1 run

wider and he reaches for it and keeps the strike

16.5
6
Neesham to Rizwan, SIX runs

six from Rizwan. He's looking to get this done in a hurry! Length ball and he moves across and smashes him over square leg

16.4
1
Neesham to Faheem, 1 run

rocked back and a single down to square leg to start off

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Rizwan portrait
Mohammad Rizwan PAK
89 runs (59)
10 fours
3 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
pull
28 runs
3 fours
1 six
10197741635
Conway portrait
DP Conway NZ
63 runs (45)
7 fours
1 six
Control82%
Productive shot
cover drive
17 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Faheem Ashraf portrait
Faheem Ashraf PAK
O
4
M
0
R
20
W
3
ECO
5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Tim Southee portrait
TG Southee NZ
O
4
M
0
R
25
W
2
ECO
6.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
McLean Park, Napier
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of New Zealand
Season2020/21
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan
Player Of The Series
Tim Seifert
Tim Seifert
Series resultNew Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberT20I no. 1119
Match days22 December 2020 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Chris Brown
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Wayne Knights
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Shaun Haig
Reserve Umpire
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Ashley Mehrotra
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe