Mitchell scored fifties as New Zealand beat Pakistan in the 4th T20.
New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the fourth T20 International on Friday in Christchurch with to fifties from Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell.
With 11 balls left in the run-chase, Phillips and Mitchell struck a match-winning partnership of 139 runs in 93 balls, bringing their side back to within 20-3 in the third over.
Mitchell scored 72 in 44 balls, compared to Phillips’ 70 in 52 balls. Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakistan, took all three of the wickets that fell in New Zealand’s inning.
Thanks to an undefeated 90 runs by Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan set New Zealand a target of 159 runs in the fourth Twenty20 International of the series. Rizwan scored 90 runs in 63 balls, hitting six fours and two sixes.
In the final over of the innings, Mohammad Nawaz hit spinner Adam Milne with three consecutive sixes en route to his explosive 21 runs in nine balls.
Babar Azam and Rizwan shared the first wicket when Azam scored 19 runs in 11 balls and 51 runs in 31 balls.
Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson each claimed two wickets for the home team. Against Pakistan, in the fourth Twenty20 International, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The sole alteration made by Pakistan is that Sahibzada Farhan has taken Azam Khan’s place in the starting lineup.
Hours prior to kickoff, New Zealand’s opener, Devon Conway, was ruled out after testing positive for Covid-19.
“After testing positive yesterday, Conway has been in isolation at the team’s Christchurch hotel,” said a statement issued by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
“He will be closely watched leading up to Sunday’s final game against Pakistan.” Conway will be replaced on the team by Canterbury Kings hitter Chad Bowes.
Additionally, according to NZC, bowling coach Andre Adams tested positive for Covid.
Spinner Mitch Santner, who is leading New Zealand in place of normal skipper Kane Williamson due to injury, was unable to attend the first game of the series for the same reason.
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