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NZ vs PAK: What was the benefit of changing the captain, New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the first T20

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The first match of the five-match T20 series between Pakistan and New Zealand was played at the Eden Park Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. In this match, Pakistan team had to face defeat by 46 runs. With this defeat, Pakistan team has lagged 0-1 in the series. Pakistan performed very poorly in this match. The Pakistani team, which entered this match with a new captain and a new plan, did not see any benefit from it. Pakistan was playing under the captaincy of Shaheen Afridi in this match. Even though some changes were made in the team’s batting order, Pakistan lost the match.

How was the match?

In this match played between the two teams, Pakistani captain Shaheen Afdiri won the toss and decided to bowl. At the beginning of the match, this decision of the Pakistani captain seemed to be in the interest of the team. When he took the wicket of New Zealand’s opener Devon Conway on the very second ball of the match, but after this New Zealand made a strong comeback and sent Pakistan completely on the backfoot. Even after losing the first wicket early, the Kiwi team did not lose its cool and from there Finn Allen and captain Kane Williamson handled the innings very well. Both the batsmen together took the team to 50 runs in the fifth over itself.

After Finn Allen was out, Daryl Mitchell came to the crease and started washing away the Pakistani bowlers as soon as he arrived. Daryl Mitchell played an innings of 61 runs in just 27 balls in this match. In the end Mark Chapman scored 26 runs on 11 balls. Due to the contribution of these batsmen, New Zealand scored 226 runs by losing 8 wickets in 20 overs against Pakistan and gave a huge target to the Pakistan team. During this period all the bowlers of Pakistan performed disappointingly. Captain Shaheen Afridi spent 46 runs in 4 overs. Although he also took three wickets.

Could not chase from Pakistan

Pakistan had a target of 227 runs to win. The Pakistan team, which set out to chase such a big total, made a very good start. The team’s opening batsman Sam Ayub started destroying the Kiwi bowlers as soon as he arrived. However, he had to be run out due to a mistake by Mohammad Rizwan. Sam Ayub scored 27 runs on 8 balls in this match. After the dismissal of Sam Ayub, the responsibility was now on Babar Azam, but he started playing very slow innings. Although Babar played a little fast in the end, but could not take the team to victory. Babar scored 57 runs on 35 balls in this match. On the other hand, no other batsman of the team could do anything special and Pakistan team was all out on the score of 180 in 18 overs.

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