Pakistan establish new world record with series win over Black Caps

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A six wicket victory for Pakistan over New Zealand in Dubai gave Sarfraz Ahmed his eleventh consecutive T20I series win as captain.

Colin Munro yet again got off to a good start for the Black Caps but he couldn’t kick on and make a big score.

Munro (44) dominated an opening stand of 50 with Glenn Phillips (5) who struggled for fluency before edging Shaheen Afridi behind. Munro was given a life when he was dropped by Hafeez but he would make amends with the ball.

When Colin de Grandhomme (4) departed shortly after Munro was stumped off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez to leave New Zealand 67 for 3.

Ross Taylor (3) and skipper Kane Williamson continued their troubled record of running between the wickets and the former’s run out with the Black Caps on 83 seemed inevitable.

Williamson (37) tried to make amends with the bat and shared a 42-run stand with Corey Anderson (44*) who looked in good touch and finished well on a tough wicket.

Tim Seifert (11) and Tim Southee perished in pursuit of quick runs once Shaheen accounted for the Black Caps skipper.

New Zealand reached 153 for 7, a decent enough target.

Fakhar Zaman looked good for his 24 to give Pakistan a strong start alongside Babar Azam but the opening pair were separated by a stunning one-handed catch by Williamson off the bowling of Milne.

Babar Azam (40) was set to take Pakistan through until a brain fade saw him chip Tim Southee to mid on to leave his team 96 for 2.

Asif Ali (38) accelerated towards the backend but then he too suffered a lapse in concentration missing a thigh-high full toss from Munro to be trapped leg before. Pakistan were 114 for 3 at the end of the sixteenth over.

Some big-hitting from Hafeez seemed to have Pakistan cruising but Shoaib Malik (10)losing his wicket in the final over made things tense.

Hafeez would hit the winning runs with two balls to spare to seal a series win for Pakistan.