New Zealand Openers Set World Record Against Pakistan
The 2nd T20 match between New Zealand and Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton proved to be a very one sided affair.
The game showed why Pakistan are described as ‘mercurial’, as they can be so unpredictable in their performance. Two days ago Pakistan played very well and beat the strong home team. However today the mood was different and they went from ‘heroes to zeros’.
Batting first only Shoaib Malik (39 runs off 30 balls) and not out Umar Akmal (56 runs off 27 balls, with 4 fours and 4 sixes) made an impact to take the total to 168-7.
In return the New Zealand openers Guptill (87 runs) and Williamson (72 runs) gave a masterclass in opening batting and chasing down a total, while pounding the ineffective bowling attack.
They raced to 171-0 in 17.4 overs, setting a world record for the highest international T20 partnership in the process.
All the Pakistan bowlers struggled to stop runs haemorrhaging on the asymmetrical ground, with one boundary 20 metres shorter than the other.
An excellent all round display from New Zealand, with Guptill honoured with the player of the match award.
This sets up for a fantastic series deciding final game on Friday 22nd January at Wellington.