New Zealand 131 for 1 (Allen 62, Conway 49*, Shadab 1-26) beat Pakistan 130 for 7 (Bracewell 2-11, Santner 2-27, Southee 2-31) by 9 wickets
On a subcontinental-style pitch in Christchurch, New Zealand’s spin quartet, led by offspinner Michael Bracewell, pinned down Pakistan to a below-par 130 for 7 and arrange the hosts’ second successive victory within the tri-series.
That Pakistan could not rating a single six of their innings summed up the dominance of New Zealand’s spinners. It was the primary accomplished T20I innings in New Zealand with no single six in 77 video games. Finn Allen, who was picked forward of Martin Guptill as soon as once more, alone hit six sixes throughout his 42-ball 62 as New Zealand coasted house with a lot to spare.
Bracewell, who’s extra of a batting allrounder for Wellington Firebirds, adopted up his 2 for 14 in opposition to Bangladesh with an excellent miserly 2 for 11 on Tuesday. Left-arm fingerspinner Mitchell Santner marked his return from paternity break with 2 for 27 whereas legspinner Ish Sodhi took 1 for 23. Glenn Phillips additionally pitched in with an over of part-time offspin as Kane Williamson rifled by means of his spin choices. 13 overs had been bowled by spinners – probably the most by New Zealand in a T20I innings – on a day when Trent Boult was rested and Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne had been nursing belly accidents.
Pakistan begin wellMohammad Rizwan gave Pakistan a jumpstart, choosing off three fours within the first two overs. Santner took the brand new ball upon return however uncharacteristically missed his lengths and contours in his first over which price New Zealand 11 runs. Then when Blair Tickner, who received a recreation instead of Boult, darted one on the pads, Babar Azam whipped it firmly over midwicket. Pakistan moved to 24 for 0 in three overs.
Spin to winAfter having bowled six dots to Rizwan, Bracewell dared him to go excessive by bringing James Neesham into the circle from long-on. Rizwan swung laborious however couldn’t discover elevation to clear Neesham at mid-on, falling for 16 off 17 balls. Bracewell then discovered sharp drift to scratch Babar’s outdoors edge, which was effectively held by Conway.
Bracewell is not a giant turner of the ball – there wasn’t large activate provide both – however with drift and bounce he ensured Pakistan by no means received away.