Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pakistan batting woes continue as New Zealand win 1st T20

Pakistan batting woes continue as New Zealand win 1st T20

Series: New Zealand are on a high after having swept the ODI series 5-0, and are now sitting on a 12-match winning streak across formats.

Having been whitewashed 5-0 in the one-day global series, any hopes Pakistan would be more competitive in the shorter format were swiftly dashed as they collapsed to 38 for six after being put in.

Kane Williamson was rested from the first T20I because of a sore thigh.

The New Zealand cricket team's ideal summer rolled on when they powered to a seven-wicket victory with 25 balls to spare in the first Twenty20 against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

Pakistan got their global ranking improved after winning their maiden Champions Trophy a year ago however, have not been able to perform internationally since then.

After whitewashing their opponents five-nil in the ODI series, the Kiwis continued where they left off as they dismissed Pakistan for a paltry 105 after stand-in captain Tim Southee elected to bowl first.

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"If we had a score of 140-150 it could have been a good match".

The drop-in pitch was not the best surface in the world but reckless batting from the top order that left the tourists 38 for 6 would be a source of huge frustration for Arthur.

Following Bruce's dismissal, Ross Taylor partnered Munro through to the end with a rapid 22 off 13 deliveries.

New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill (2) and Glenn Phillips (3) with just eight runs on the board, but from there the home side achieved victory in relative comfort. Talented batsman Babar Azam top-scored for the Men in Green with run-a-ball 41.

The visitors were quickly in dire straits as they slumped to 38/5 in the tenth over with seamers Southee and Seth Rance doing the early damage.

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