New Zealand continue winning streak over Pakistan

Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik of Pakistan gets hit on the head by a ball

Pakistan was clean-swept in One-Day International (ODI) series by host Kiwis and lost the first Twenty20International that was played today.

Colin Munro ensured New Zealand continued a stellar home summer on Monday when they thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets with 25 balls to spare in the opening Twenty20 match in Wellington.

Pakistan got their worldwide ranking improved after winning their maiden Champions Trophy past year however, have not been able to perform internationally since then.

Earlier, New Zealand whitewashed Pakistan in five-match ODI series, and widened their winning streak to 11 matches in 50-over format.

While the pitch at Wellington was not an easy one to bat on, the manner of dismissals of Pakistan's top four in the batting order reflects poorly on the visitors.

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"If we had a score of 140-150 it could have been a good match".

After having won a crucial toss on a lively surface offering some bounce, the stand-in skipper led by example with the new-ball in hand. But Munro and Tom Bruce overcame the early setback and smashed the ball around the park to put New Zealand on track to chase the target.

Following Bruce's dismissal, Ross Taylor partnered Munro through to the end with a rapid 22 off 13 deliveries.

Like the ODIs, Pakistan still enjoy better record in T20Is as compared to New Zealand which had to taste defeat eight times against the former in 15 T20Is, the two sides have played so far.

Babar Azam (41) and tail-ender Hasan Ali (23) were the only two players in the Pakistan line-up to reach double figures. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers with 3/13 and he was well backed-up by Seth Rance who chipped in with 3/26.

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