Rizwan steers Pakistan to victory in 3rd T20 against New Zealand
New test captain Mohammad Rizwan showed his leadership quality in a bold innings of 89 which steered Pakistan to a four-wicket win over New Zealand in the third Twenty20 on Tuesday.
The management has trusted me a lot; this was the first time I opened in internationals, but I knew I had it in me to perform and was well backed by the management. This win is for our fans, they have backed us a lot: @iMRizwanPak#NZvPAK | #HarHaalMainCricket | pic.twitter.com/q7Wlzrwp7j— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 22, 2020
Chasing down New Zealand’s 173 runs, Pakistan scored 177 in 19.4 overs. Mohammad Rizwan hit match-winning 89 off 59. His career-best innings included ten fours and three sixes. Kiwi bowler Scott Kuggeleijn dismissed two batsmen.
Earlier in New Zealand’s batting innings, Devon Conway smashed 63 off 45 with seven fours and one six. Faheem Ashraf picked up three wickets for just 20 runs in his quota of four overs. Mohammad Rizwan was declared Man of the Match while Tim Seifert Man of the Series.
Pakistan stand-in captain Shadab Khan won the toss and decided to bowl first in the third game. He had won the toss on previous two occasions as well but decided to bat first. The visitors had lost both the games by five and nine wickets respectively.
For today’s match, the Green Shirts made three changes in the playing XI. Abdullah Shafique, Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz were left out while Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Hasnain were selected.