A three-wicket burst from pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and strong top-order batting handed Pakistan a series-clinching six-wicket win over New Zealand in the second T20I in Dubai yesterday.
New Zealand scored 153 for seven after winning the toss. Opener Colin Munro hit 44 and Corey Anderson finished the innings with an unbeaten 25-ball 44. Left-arm pacer Shaheen took three for 20.
Pakistan's chase went down to the last over, which started with the hosts needing seven. Adam Milne got rid of Shoaib Malik in the second ball but Mohammad Hafeez hit a boundary to win the match with two balls to spare.
SCORES IN BRIEF
NEW ZEALAND: 153 for 7 (Anderson 44 not out, Munro 44, Williamson 37; Shaheen 3-20)
PAKISTAN: 154 for 4 in 19.4 overs (Babar 40, Asif 38, Hafeez 34 not out; Milne 2-25)
Result: Pakistan won by 5 wickets