Cricket: White Ferns beaten again to fall to historic Twenty20 series defeat to Pakistan

The White Ferns have fallen to a history-making Twenty20 series defeat, losing to Pakistan by 10 runs in Dunedin.  

Days on from their maiden T20 victory over New Zealand in the tour opener, Pakistan proved their first win was no fluke, and went again to secure their first series win over the White Ferns in the process. 

Taking the field at the temporarily renamed Suzie Bates Oval, in honour of the White Ferns veteran passing 300 internationals, New Zealand couldn't get on top of Pakistan's miserly bowling attack, as regular wickets had the White Ferns fall flat in their chase.

Needing 138 to square the series after Sunday's shock defeat at the same venue, the White Ferns were restricted to 127/7, as Pakistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best of three series.

Pakistan celebrate in their series win over the White Ferns.
Pakistan celebrate in their series win over the White Ferns. Photo credit: Getty Images

Defending 18 from the final over, Fatima Sama (3/22) delivered the crucial wicket by bowling Hannah Rowe, and leaving the White Ferns nothing to play for bar pride in the series finale on Saturday.  

After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the White Ferns were able to strike regularly throughout Pakistan's innings, with no batter able to make more than 40, and no partnership able to score more than 30.

At 39/1 after the powerplay, Muneeba Ali threatened to go large for the visitors, only to fall for 35 to a spectacular return catch from Hannah Rowe off her own bowling.

A double strike with the ball from Molly Penfold (2/17) saw Pakistan slide further, leaving the visitors 86/4 in the 13th over.

But an unbeaten 32 from Aliya Riyaz - including the only six of the innings - lifted Pakistan and set the White Ferns a target of more than a run-a-ball to stay alive in the series. 

The White Ferns' response stumbled in the first over, as Bernadine Bezuidenhout was bowled by Sadia Iqbal for just two, while Amelia Kerr didn't fare better when she was caught at short midwicket at 9/2.

Bates looked to hold the innings together with 18, but when she and Sophie Devine (5) fell within the space of three balls, both bowled by Fatima Sana, the White Ferns were on the ropes at 29/4 to end the power play.

The duo of Maddy Green and Georgia Plimmer halted the collapse to be 54/4 at the halfway stage, but the increasing required run rate saw Pakistan maintain the upper hand.

Green perished for 18 when she holed out to Diana Baig off Nida Dar, as the White Ferns were left needing to score 61 runs from the final five overs. 

Plimmer meanwhile acted as the White Ferns' last hope, making a 28, but when the 19-year-old was run out at the non-striker's end coming back for a second run, the White Ferns' hopes went with her at 90/6.

With 33 runs required from the final two overs, Rowe and Lea Tahuhu found the rope to send the match down to the last six balls with 18 runs needed.

Four leg byes off the first ball gave the White Ferns hope, but two runs off the next two balls left the batters needing boundaries to snatch a win.

But with 12 needed off three, Rowe was bowled looking to clear the rope, leaving it up to Penfold to hit two sixes - which she failed to do - as a jubilant Pakistan celebrated making history for their nation. 

The series concludes on Saturday at Queenstown Events Centre, before three One Day Internationals to conclude Pakistan's tour. 

Pakistan 137/6 (Muneeba 35, Riaz 32 not out; Penfold 2/17)  
New Zealand 126/7 (Rowe 33; Fatima 3/22)  

Pakistan win by 10 runs