Pakistan beat N. Zealand by 48 runs to level T20 series


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AUCKLAND: Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 48 runs in the second T20 in Auckland Thursday to level the series and score their first win of the tour over the Black Caps.

The visitors set an imposing target of 202 thanks to half-centuries from Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman, then bowled out New Zealand for 153 with nine balls to spare.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult.

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees.

Series: New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0

Umpires: Shaun Haig (NZL), Chris Brown (NZL)

TV Umpire: Wayne Knights (NZL)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)