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New Zealand Beat Pakistan to Level Twenty20 Series

by AFP
Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Teams to commence ODI series in Dubai on Monday.

New Zealand achieved a 17-run win in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai to level the two-match series at 1-1 on Friday.

Set a challenging 145 runs to win Pakistan were bowled out for 127 in 18.5 overs. Opener Ahmed Shehzad top-scored with 33 while skipper Shahid Afridi made 28.

Jimmy Neesham and Kyle Mills took three wickets apiece. New Zealand were lifted to 144-8 in their 20 overs by skipper Kane Williamson (32), Luke Ronchi (31) and Tom Latham (26).

For Pakistan, paceman Umar Gul finished with 2-24 and Afridi took 2-33.

Pakistan won the first match—also played in Dubai—by seven wickets on Thursday. The two teams now play the first of five one-day internationals in Dubai on Monday.

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