Last Update on: April 26th, 2023 at 04:01 pm
New Zealand pulled off a heist against Pakistan in the 5th T20I match and squared the T20I Series. Not many gave New Zealand a chance when the Men in Green posted a mammoth target of 194 runs. Mohammad Rizwan had played a terrific knock of 98 runs in 62 balls as he stuck 7 fours & 4 sixes. Mohammad Rizwan was quite keen on rotating the strike in the middle overs.
We should not forget that New Zealand were without their star players like Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner & Kane Williamson due to IPL commitments. The stand-in skipper Tom Latham did a brilliant job as not many gave New Zealand a chance after losing the first 2 T20I matches.
The Men in Green would be utterly disappointed as they couldn’t win the series, during the run chase of 194 the Black Caps were reduced to 26-3 in 3.5 overs. Mark Chapman smashed a scintillating match-winning century and outplayed Pakistan.
Mohammad Rizwan closes to the top of ICC T20I Rankings
Mohammad Rizwan scored 162 runs in the 5 T20I match series against New Zealand. Mohammad Rizwan earlier had 798 points and now has 811 points and is second in the ICC T20I rankings. India’s star batter Suryakumar Yadav is leading the rankings with 906 rating points.
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Babar Azam on the other hand continues to be at the 3rd place in the T20I rankings for batters. The right-handed batter amassed only 19 runs in the last match of the series and now has 756 rating points with a drop of 13 points.
A delight for Mark Chapman
Mark Chapman’s blistering century in the 5th T20I match has taken to him to the career-best ranking at 35th position with a rating of 537 points. Mark Chapman has jumped to 45th place which is a huge attainment for him and the team as well.
New Zealand now would be aiming to spoil the party of Pakistan in the ODI series commencing from 27th April (*Thursday). It is assumed that the pitches would be batting-friendly at Rawalpindi & Karachi as we can expect high-scoring thrillers.