Back-to-back half centuries from Tim Seifert gave New Zealand an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Twenty20 International series vs Pakistan on Sunday (December 20)
The Kiwis chased down the 164-run target set by Pakistan with ease, cruising to a nine-wicket victory courtesy Seifert's unbeaten 84 (63) and Kane Williamson's 57* off 47 balls.
NEW ZEALAND WIN THE SERIES— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 20, 2020
The BLACKCAPS have proven too good for Pakistan in the second T20 at Seddon Park, winning by 9 wickets on the back of a very good 2nd wicket partnership.
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Seifert, who had joined the Kolkata Knight Riders squad this season after Ali Khan suffered an injury and had to be replaced, smashed eight fours and three huge sixes in his knock.
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Pakistan had won the toss and chosen to bat in the match. Except Mohammad Hafeez's 99* off 57 balls, no other batsman could make an impact. Tim Southee, the experienced pacer, took 4/21 to restrict them to a total of 163/6 in 20 overs.
99 NOT OUT!— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 20, 2020
Muhammad Hafeez just misses out on his first T20 century as his team set New Zealand 163/6 to win the series.
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Craig McMillan had predicted a 'lot of runs' at the start of play, while delivering the pitch report. He definitely wasn't wrong!
The two teams will play another T20I before switching to the Test whites.
Watch: Time Seifert's journey from Hockey to Cricket: