New Zealand Dominates Pakistan in Third T20I, Secures Series with Convincing Victory

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In a remarkable display of batting prowess, New Zealand clinched the T20 series against Pakistan with a commanding win in the third match at the University Oval in Dunedin. The Black Caps secured a 45-run victory, setting a colossal target of 224 for seven and restricting Pakistan to 179 for seven.

Finn Allen’s Record-Breaking Innings

The match’s highlight was opener Finn Allen’s phenomenal performance, scoring a record-breaking 137 off 62 balls. Allen’s swashbuckling innings featured an astounding 16 sixes and five fours, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s previous New Zealand T20 international record of 123. This inning also equaled the world record for the most sixes in an innings, held by Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai.

Dominance at the Crease

After the early dismissal of Devon Conway, Allen teamed up with Tim Seifert to put on a formidable 125-run partnership for the second wicket. Seifert played a supporting role, allowing Allen to showcase his hard-hitting abilities. Allen’s aggressive approach was evident as he smashed the ball out of the ground, forcing the umpires to call for replacement balls three times.

Pakistan’s Struggles

Facing a daunting run rate, Pakistan never looked close to the target. Despite Babar Azam’s top score of 58 and a late cameo by Mohammad Nawaz (28 off 15), the team lost wickets at crucial junctures, derailing their chase. Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shaheen Afridi had a tough day with the ball, conceding significant runs.

Series Conclusion

New Zealand sealed the T20 series with two games to spare with this comprehensive victory. The remaining two matches are scheduled in Christchurch on Friday and Sunday, providing an opportunity for further cricketing excitement.

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