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T20 Series: Pakistan Whitewash Kiwis After Kangaroos

Dubai (November 05, 2018): Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 47 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International in Dubai on Sunday and whitewash Kiwis after Kangaroos in T20 series today. 

Pakistan were lifted to 166-3 by Babar Azam who made a 58-ball 79 with seven boundaries and two sixes while Mohammad Hafeez hit a 34-ball 53 with four boundaries and two sixes.

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Earlier, Babar Azam became the fastest player to reach 1,000 Twenty20 international runs as Pakistan scored 166-3 in the third and final match against New Zealand in Dubai on Sunday.

When Azam reached 48 he completed the landmark in just 26 innings, beating the previous record set by India´s Virat Kohli who reached 1,000 runs in 27 Twenty20 innings.Azam finished with a 58-ball 79 with two sixes and seven boundaries while Mohammad Hafeez scored a 34-ball 53 after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat at Dubai stadium.

Earlier, Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

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Mohammad Hafeez (34, not-out) and Shoaib Malik (10) added 34 quickfire runs to help Pakistan overhaul the 154-run target in 19.4 overs at Dubai stadium, pocketing their 11th consecutive series and eighth successive T20 match. Babar Azam (40), Asif Ali (38), and Fakhar Zaman (24) also chipped in with useful runs.

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Hafeez, who hit Adam Milne for the winning boundary, and Malik came together with 50 needed off the last five overs. Hafeez hit two towering sixes off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the 17th over to bring the target down to 23 in the last three overs.

Hafeez hit two sixes and a boundary in his 21-ball innings.

New Zealand were lifted to 153-7 by Corey Anderson and Colin Munro who made 44 each after Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat on a slow-paced pitch.

New Zealand scored 153-7 with Corey Anderson (44 not out) and Colin Munro (44) after they won the toss and batted.Pakistan overhauled the target for the loss of four wickets in 19.4 overs with Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) hitting the winning boundary. Babar Azam scored 40 and Asif Ali made 38.

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Pakistan won the first match by two runs in a last-ball finish in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. This is Pakistan’s 11th series win in succession.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed described the win as a team effort

“It’s down to the effort of the players,” said Sarfraz. “We have a good balance, with Hasan Ali at 10. We know we can get 150-160. So if we start well and if we don’t let too many dot balls in the middle, we have the experience of Hafeez and Malik as well.”

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson gave credit to Pakistan.“Credit to the way Pakistan played. They have a clear pattern of play which they’ve executed here in the UAE,” said Williamson. “I thought the first half was clinical from us. Got a good score on the board. It’s a game of really small margins.”

Since Sarfraz Ahmed took over as captain in September 2016, Pakistan have beaten England (1-0), West Indies (3-0 and 3-1), a World XI (2-1), Sri Lanka (3-0), New Zealand (2-1), West Indies (3-0), Scotland (2-0), and Australia (3-0).

They also won a tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia this year.

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