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Pakistan clinches T20 series aganist Kiwis

Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 12:19 [IST]
 
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Pak clinches T20 series aganist Kiwis

Dubai: Pakistan edged past injury-hit New Zealand by seven runs in the second of their two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai to take the series 2-0.

Teenager Umar Akmal top scored with an unbeaten 56 from 49 balls as Pakistan, who won the toss, made 153-5, while Kiwi seamer Ian Butler took 3-28.

Opener Brendon McCullum (47) and veteran Scott Styris (43) gave the Kiwis hope of levelling the series.

But they both fell in the last two overs as New Zealand fell just short.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Scorecard

Leading the side in the continued absence of skipper Daniel Vettori, McCullum - who hit three fours and a six - lost his first three partners to leave the Black Caps 66-3 in the 11th over.

However, he found a willing partner in 34-year-old Styris, and they added 66 for the fourth wicket before McCullum holed out to Shoaib Malik at long-on off the bowling of spinner Saeed Ajmal.

That left 24 needed from 10 balls - and it proved to be beyond even Styris, who perished off the last ball of the match after smashing two sixes in his 33-ball knock.

Earlier, Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal gave Pakistan a solid start, but when they both fell it was Akmal's younger brother Umar who took charge, assisted by cameos from Shahid Afridi (22) and Fawad Alam (17 not out).

The result gives Pakistan a modicum of revenge after New Zealand won the preceding one-day international series 2-1.

The two sides now head to New Zealand for a three-Test series - preceded by a three-day warm-up game in Queenstown which begins on Wednesday.

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