Without Babar Azam Pakistan flop in the first T20, New Zealand easily win by 5 wickets

New Zealand beat PAK in 1st T20 of 5 Wickets – Watch the highlights: New Zealand led on a four wicket haul from pacer Jacob Duffy and half a century from wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert to beat Pakistan by five wickets in the first T20I at Eden Park on Friday.

The Black Caps first capped Pakistan to 153/9 and then chased the goal with seven reserve balls to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.

Previously, choosing to bat, the side led by Shadab Khan got off to a horrible start as they lost five wickets for 39 in their first nine overs. However, Shadab’s 42 out of 32 and Faheem Ashraf’s 31-run inning helped Pakistan cross the 150-run mark.

Imad Wasim (19), wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (17) and Khushdil Shah (16) made other notable contributions.

For the hosts, Duffy returned with a 4/33 figure in his four overs, while Scott Kuggeleijn picked three wickets and conceded 27 points.

The hosts also didn’t have a great start to the chase as they lost Martin Guptill (6) and Devon Conway (5) in the first four overs. However, Seifert, who opened the innings, continued to score points and formed a 44-point partnership with Glenn Phillips (23) before the latter came out. Mark Chapman (34) then contributed 45 runs with Seifert.

Seifert, after reaching his score of 50 runs, came out with New Zealand who still needed 44 runs in 32 balls.

James Neesham (15) and captain Mitchell Santner (12) then took the team home in the penultimate over of the match.

The two teams will now face off in the second game on Sunday at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Short scores: Pakistan 153/9 (Shadab Khan 42; Jacob Duffy 4/33) lose to New Zealand 156/5 (Tim Seifert 57; Haris Rauf 3/29)

New Zealand innings156/5 (18.5 ov)

Full schedule of the T20 New Zealand vs Pakistan series

December 18, Friday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20 Eden Park, Auckland – 11.30

December 20, Sunday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20 Seddon Park, Hamilton – 11.30

December 22, Tuesday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20 Mclean Park, Napier – 11.30

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