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Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20

Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20 Update: 

Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20 team rankings for the third time in as many months after winning their three-match series against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Sunday the 28th January 2018.

The 18-run victory gave Pakistan a come-from-behind 2-1 series win that will see them overtake New Zealand at the top of the world T20 rankings. Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20I.

Read: ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Pakistan beats India in Final by 180 Runs

An animated captain Sarfraz Ahmed leapt with delight and punched the air after the final ball as Pakistan pulled off back-to-back wins over the hosts. Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20.

Pakistan Cricket Secured Top Rank MRF Tyres ICC T20. However, New Zealand beat the Windies 2-0 earlier in the month to move to the number-one ranking once again. Kane Williamson’s side will have another crack at the number-one ranking when they will feature in next month’s T20I tri-series, also involving Australia and England.

It marked an incredible comeback for the tourists who were whitewashed in the five-match one-day series on arrival in New Zealand and lost the first Twenty20.

speedster Mohammad Amir, who won the man-of-the-series award said:

“It was a tough tour for us because… we lost the (ODI) series but T20s is a totally different format.”

“It is very special for all Pakistani people.”

Sarfaraz Ahmed praised the team effort and the way his side refused to be bowed after a disappointing start to the tour. He said:

“They way we came back after 6-0, credit goes to my boys. They worked really hard and now we are again number one.”

Batting first on a friendly wicket, Pakistan reached 6-181 with opener Fakhar Zaman making 46 off 36 at the top of the innings. With wickets in hand, Umar Amin was able to lead a late charge that saw 58 runs scored in the final four overs. New Zealand, in reply, were never up with the run chase, and managed 6-163 in their 20 overs.

The defeat followed a 48-run loss in the second Twenty20, which ended a 13-match winning streak across all formats, and put a dampener on New Zealand’s preparation for next month’s triangular series with Australia and England. Zaman was the architect at the start of the Pakistan innings with a sharp 46 before being dismissed in a debatable decision when Tom Bruce took a catch at ground level.

New Zealand managed to arrest Pakistan’s brisk early run rate in the middle of the innings until Amin lashed out. His 21 came off the first five balls in an over from Ish Sodhi before the New Zealand spinner claimed the wicket off the final delivery. Haris Sohail chipped in with 20 off 12 balls while Aamer Yamin, replacing the injured Hasan Ali, faced six deliveries for his 15.

New Zealand struggled from the start of their reply to get near the required run rate of more than nine an over, and were in early trouble when Williamson was out for nine.

Martin Guptill attempted to bully the bowlers but it was primarily a lone stand. When he was removed for 59 off 43 balls in the 13th over, the required run rate had shot up to 13.57. Ross Taylor put the ball over the boundary fence three times in his 25 off 10 balls. But with his dismissal in the 17th over, New Zealand were 5-128 and their hopes of a miraculous comeback were over.

Sources: Samaa TV, Cricket Network

Image Sources: Hindustan Times, Geo TV, Express Tribune

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