Blackcaps vs Pakistan: New Zealand fall to crushing defeat in final T20

The Blackcaps have fallen to a crushing 47-run defeat in the final T20 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday (NZ time).

The defeat was a disappointing way to end the series, as New Zealand had pushed the world number one side hard in the first two games, losing the first by two runs and the second with just two balls to spare.

The Blackcaps made three changes to their line-up, with Seth Rance, Lockie Ferguson and Mark Chapman coming in for Adam Milne, Ajaz Patel and Corey Anderson.

Anderson's omission was a forced change, with Kane Williamson revealing at the toss that the all-rounder had a heel injury.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, setting the Blackcaps 167 for a consolation victory.

Their innings was anchored by a 94-run partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez, after Fakhar Zaman was dismissed in the sixth over by Ferguson.

Azam was dismissed on 79, while Hafeez finished on 53 not out.

Rance was impressive with the ball, finishing 0/22 from his four overs, while Colin de Grandhomme picked up two wickets, but conceded 41 runs from his spell.

The Blackcaps chase didn't get off to a great start, as Colin Munro (two) was bowled and de Grandhomme (six) was run out in the early overs, leaving New Zealand on 13/2.

Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips then formed an 83-run partnership for the third wicket, but the innings came crumbling down, as New Zealand lost their last eight wickets for 23 runs in space of five overs.

Captain Williamson was caught on 60 and then Phillips was bowled two balls later for 26.

In the following over, Mark Chapman was stumped, then Tim Seifert was bowled for a duck - the second time this series- and Tim Southee (zero) was run out on the next delivery to start the 15th over.

Ross Taylor (seven) was then caught behind to end the over.

Pakistan took the wickets of Ferguson and Rance (both one) in the 17th over to seal the win.

Shadab Khan took 3/30, while Imad Wasim and Waqas Maqsood both took two wickets each.

Both teams now turn their attention to the three-match ODI series, which begins on Thursday.


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