Chapman Shines as New Zealand Stun Pakistan to Keep Series Alive

News by “Sana Ullah”

RAWALPINDI: Mark Chapman’s explosive half-century propelled New Zealand to a commanding victory over Pakistan by seven wickets in the third T20I of the five-match series held at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 179, New Zealand chased down the total comfortably, losing only three wickets and with 10 balls to spare, thanks to a magnificent innings by Chapman.

Tim Seifert and Tim Robinson provided a solid start for New Zealand, putting together 42 runs for the opening partnership before both departed within the batting powerplay.

Seifert contributed 21 runs from 16 deliveries, while Robinson made a brisk 28 off 19 balls, featuring five boundaries.

Entering the fray at No.4, Mark Chapman thwarted any hopes of a Pakistani comeback with aggressive stroke play.

The left-handed batsman forged a dominant 117-run partnership with Dean Foxcroft, who departed in the 18th over after a steady 31 off 29 balls.

Chapman, however, stayed unbeaten until the end, guiding New Zealand to victory in the penultimate over with a blistering knock.

He finished as the highest scorer for New Zealand with an unbeaten 87 off just 42 deliveries, featuring nine boundaries and four sixes.

For Pakistan, Abbas Afridi claimed two wickets while Naseem Shah managed to pick up one.

Batting first, Pakistan posted a total of 178/4 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to a quickfire innings from Shadab towards the end.

Initially, openers Babar Azam and Saim Ayub provided a solid foundation for Pakistan, accumulating 54 runs during the batting powerplay.

Saim, who played aggressively, was dismissed by Ish Sodhi after a brisk knock of 32 off 22 balls, including five boundaries and a six.

Babar’s departure also slowed down the scoring rate for Pakistan, as they managed only 30 runs in the following overs.

Pakistan suffered further setbacks with the quick dismissals of Mohammad Rizwan, who retired hurt, and Usman Khan, leaving them struggling at 103/3 in 12.5 overs.

However, a vital partnership between Muhammad Irfan Khan Niazi and Shadab Khan boosted Pakistan’s total significantly.

The pair added 62 runs off just 34 deliveries before Shadab was dismissed in the penultimate over.

Shadab top-scored for Pakistan with a rapid 41 off 20 balls, featuring four boundaries and two sixes, while Irfan remained unbeaten on 30 off 20 deliveries.

Sodhi led the bowling attack for New Zealand with two wickets, while Duffy and Michael Bracewell claimed one scalp each.

Both teams will now head to Lahore for the remaining two T20Is scheduled on April 25 and 27 respectively.

PLAYING XIs

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Irfan Niazi, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Abrar Ahmed.

New Zealand: Michael Bracewell (c), Mark Chapman, Jacob Duffy, Zak Foulkes, Dean Foxcroft, Cole McConchie, James Neesham, Will O’Rourke, Tim Robinson, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi.

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