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Pakistan Beats New Zealand in first Twenty20

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Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Aamir Qureshi—AFP

Sarfraz Ahmed scored a career best 76 runs to help Pakistan achieve a target of 136 runs.

Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on Thursday.

Put into bat first, New Zealand scored 135-7 by a career best 48 from Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi’s 33 and Martin Guptill (32) after they were reduced to 15-3. Anderson hit four sixes and a boundary off 37 balls and added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ronchi.

Pakistan cruised to the target in 19.1 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed smashing a career best 76-not out for his maiden half-century in Twenty20 cricket. The second match will also be played in Dubai on Friday.

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