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Black Caps fall short in fifth Pakistan T20

Michael Bracewell and Babar Azam with the shared T20 series trophy
Black Caps captain Michael Bracewell and his Pakistan opposite Babar Azam with the shared T20 trophy PHOTO: PAKISTAN CRICKET BOARD

The Black Caps have fallen short by nine runs in the fifth and final T20 in Pakistan to leave the five-match series squared 2-2.

The game went down to the final over with the visitors requiring 12 runs to win but seeing Ben Sears and Will O'Rourke both run out and side dismissed for 169 chasing 178-5 set by Pakistan.


New Zealand were in the contest thanks to opener Tim Seifert raced to 52 off 33 balls while Josh Clarkson made 38 from 26 including two sixes and three fours.

Other major contributors were Michael Bracewell with 23, James Neesham 16 and Mark Chapman 12.

However the Black Caps struggled through the middle stages of their innings with legspinner Usama Mir (2-21) bowled Seifert and seamer Shaheen Afridi (4-30) took wickets.

Earlier, paceman O'Rourke was the pick of the New Zealand attack for a second straight game, taking 1-25 from four overs, with Ish Sodhi (1-30) and Zakary Foulkes (1-35) in support.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam had the innings of the match with 69 off 44 balls but New Zealand bowled well over the second half of the innings to keep the total in check.

The series was drawn overall after the first game was rained out. The home team won the next game followed by two wins for New Zealand and Pakistan taking the contest this morning.

The Black Caps squad for the Twenty20 World Cup is announced on Monday.


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