On Friday (18th September), the hosts New Zealand took the 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Pakistan after beating the visitors by 5 wickets in the first game at Eden Park (Auckland).
After winning the toss, the visitors chose to bat first. While the away side scored 153/9 in 20 overs, the hosts chased down that target in 18.5 overs after losing 5 wickets.
Brief Scores: Pakistan – 153/9 in 20 overs (Shadab Khan 42, Faheem Ashraf 31; Jacob Duffy 4/33)
New Zealand – 156/5 in 18.5 overs (Tim Seifert 57, Mark Chapman 34; Haris Rauf 3/29)
The Result – New Zealand won by 5 wickets
New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I: Stats Review
i) The hosts New Zealand won this match by 5 wickets. With this victory, New Zealand ended their five-match losing streak against Pakistan in T20Is.
Jacob Duffy – best T20I debutant bowler for Kiwis, one of the best bowling figures for Blackcaps against Pakistan
i) On his T20I debut, the right-arm pacer Jacob Duffy had the bowling figures of 4-0-33-4.
- He is the first New Zealand bowler to claim a 4-wicket haul on T20I debut. The previous T20I debutant bowling figures record for this team were 4-0-20-3 by Nathan Astle and Jeetan Patel (both against South Africa at Johannesburg on 21st October 2005).
- It was the third best T20I bowling figures for New Zealand against Pakistan. The top two records in this list are 4-1-18-5 by Tim Southee (at Auckland on 26th December 2010) and 4-0-16-4 by Nathan McCullum (at Hamilton on 28th December 2010).
Ish Sodhi – 2nd most successful T20I spinner for Blackcaps
i) The leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has taken 55 T20I wickets. Putting behind his spin-bowling partner Mitchell Santner (54 wickets), Sodhi becomes the second most T20I wicket-taker as a New Zealand spinner. Nathan McCullum is currently the most T20I wicket-taker as a New Zealand spinner with 58 wickets.
Tim Seifert – 2nd highest T20I individual score as a wicket-keeper batsman against Men in Green
i) Wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert scored crucial 57 runs.
- It was the first T20I half-century for a Blackcaps wicket-keeper batsman against Pakistan. The previous record in this list was 33 by Luke Ronchi at Dubai (DSC) on 4th December 2014.
- It was the second highest individual score for a wicket-keeper batsman against Pakistan in T20I history. The record is 64* by former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara at Lord’s on 21st June 2009.
Shadab Khan – 9th T20I captain for his national team
i) Shadab Khan led the Pakistan team for the first time. He became the ninth T20I captain to lead this Men in Green.