Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets in the 2nd T20I

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir took two for 13 in his first international match in four years as Pakistan romped to a comfortable seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20I at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Amir dismissed Tim Robinson on his second delivery and added the scalp of Dean Foxcroft eight balls later New Zealand were dismissed for 90 in 18.1 overs. Pakistan raced to victory in the 13th over, losing three wickets along the way.

Shaheen Shah Afridi was once again the favorite of the Pakistani bowlers as he returned the figures 3.1-0-13-3. He took the wickets of Tim Seifert (12), Cole McConchie (15) and last-man Ben Lister (1).

After Shaheen and Amir caused the initial damage, wrist spinners Abrar Ahmed and Shadab Khan joined the party. Abrar, bowling for the first time in T20Is, took two for 15, while Shadab Khan also returned identical figures.

Naseem Shah, bowling in international cricket for the first time since September 2023, took one for 27 as the New Zealand batters found the going tough. Mark Chapman was the top scorer with 19.

Chasing a modest total, Mohammad Rizwan returned unbeaten with a 34-ball 45 and guided his side to a six-wicket victory with more than seven overs to spare. Rizwan hit four fours and a six.

Saim Ayub started aggressively by hitting the first ball for a boundary but departed the next ball after Lister made a stunning return catch. Babar Azam was bumped from the other number Michael Bracewell for 14, while Usman’s first appearance in T20Is lasted just six balls before being cleared by Ish Sodhi.

Muhammad Irfan Khan, who also batted in Pakistan colors for the first time, scored a run-a-ball 18 not out and added 36 runs for the unfinished fourth wicket with Rizwan.

The first T20I on Thursday was rained out after two balls, while the third T20I will be played here on Sunday. The remaining two matches will be played in Lahore on April 25 and 27 respectively.

Scores in short:

2nd T20I – Pakistan defeated New Zealand by seven wickets

New Zealand 90 all out, 18.1 overs (Shaheen Shah Afridi 3-13, Abrar Ahmed 2-15, Shadab Khan 2-15)

Pakistan 92-3, 12.1 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 45 not out, Mohammad Irfan Khan 18 not out)

Player of the Match – Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)

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