New Zealand Take Series 2-0

PAK 290 (47.3 Ovs)
NZ 265/7 (42.4 Ovs)
New Zealand won by 3 wkts (D/L method)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Martin Guptill
Brendon McCullum: ‘I thought it was a good game, we were under pressure, I thought they would score 340-350 at one time. Credit to our bowlers, they fought back well and we took the momentum with us in the chase. We had some luck with the bat, a couple of crucial moments went in our favour and that turned the game. I was resigned to a big chase, Guptill and Williamson batted superbly, I thought the rain came at the right time, in a shortened game, the team chasing has the advantage, there were a couple of key moments that we won and that proved to be difference in the end. Pakistan played well on this tour, we wish them well in the future.’

Azhar Ali: ‘We played good cricket, batted really well, couldn’t finish it off well, but had a good total to defend. Unfortunately, we couldn’t defend. I think we fell short by 30-40 runs, we lost wickets at crucial times. We tried hard, but they played better. Their second wicket stand was good, but we fought back with quick wickets, but they held on. Congrats to New Zealand for the series win.’

Guptill: ‘It was a tough wicket, diffficult to time the ball at times. I had to fight hard, happy that we had a record stand, but more happy to win. Pakistan put up a great fight, they are a tough team to beat. It was a wonderful series, looking forward to the T20 World Cup and the Australia series now.’

Martin Guptil makes 81 runs of 82 balls.

Advertisements