2012 ICC World T20: Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 13 runs – Match Update

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2012 World T20: Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 13 runs – Match Update
Saeed Ajmal starred once again with the ball as Pakistan defeated by 13 runs in an enthralling World T20 Group D match, played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele today.
Chasing a challenging 178 to win, the Black Caps could score 164 for 9 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Rob Nicol top scored with a 28-ball 33, while previous game’s centurion added 32 runs to the scorecard. Rest of the line-up fell for scores inside 26. returned with impressive figures of 4 for 30, in four overs, while Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi all picked up one wicket apiece.
Earlier Pakistan rode on Nasir Jamshed’s quick 56 to set an intimidating 177 for 6 from their stipulated 20 overs. The left-arm top-order batsman played a belligerent knock levelling Shoaib Malik’s record of fastest T20 half century, plundering four muscular sixes and three boundaries in his 27-ball 50. and Imran Nazir provided Pakistan an opening stand of 47 runs before the latter departed in the sixth over, having been caught and bowled by Tim Southee.’s dismissal took in-form left-hander Nasir Jamshed to the crease. Jamshed and skipper Hafeez played aggressive yet sensible cricket, sharing a third wicket stand of 76 runs from eight overs. Hafeez holed out in the 13th over, after being bowled out by James Franklin to leave the side 123 for 2 on the board.
Hafeez was soon followed back by scored 23 runs from 15 balls, including three fours and a six, while Afridi played a 12-run cameo hitting two fours as well. took one wicket each.
Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir, 11 Saeed Ajmal.
New Zealand: 1, 11 Adam Milne



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