New Zealand thrashed Pakistan in the fourth game of the ongoing T20I Tri-Series 2022 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday.
Batting first, the Men in Green were restricted to 130/7 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to disciplined bowling by the Black Caps. Tim Southee (2/31), Mitchell Santner (2/27) and Michael Bracewell (2/11) all picked up two wickets each, while Ish Sodhi bagged one scalp for 23 in 4 overs.
Valuable contributions down the order from Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali pushed Pakistan towards 130. Ifthikhar smashed 27 with the help of three boundaries, while Asif remained unbeaten for 25 from 20 deliveries, including three fours.
In response, the hosts gunned down the target in 16.1 overs with nine wickets in hand. Finn Allen and Devon Conway dominated the proceedings as they added 117 runs for the opening wicket.
Allen smashed a brilliant 62 from 42 deliveries, including one four and 6 sixes. Conway also chipped in with an unbeaten 49, with the help of five boundaries, to help New Zealand beat Pakistan and acquire the top spot in the points table.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
A 117-run opening partnership between @FinnAllen32 (62) & Devon Conway (49*) sees the team to victory in Match 4 of the T20 Tri-Series
Scores | https://t.co/3D2LGOOdCz#NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/CtbAGLBnCG
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 11, 2022
The choice of bowlers used initially can be discussed but nothing explains a 130/7 without a single 6 in a T20. #NZvPAK
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 11, 2022
Great to see Finn Allen excelling for New Zealand: he gives their team a whole new dimension. Picking him over Martin Guptill feels like both the bold call and the right one
— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) October 11, 2022
A proper Finn Allen show at Christchurch.
He smashed 62 runs from 42 balls including 1 four & 6 sixes when everyone struggled to find quick runs – Kiwi gun. pic.twitter.com/FYiFyKvITN
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 11, 2022
New Zealand earn a nine-wicket win over Pakistan.#NZvPAK | #NZTriSeries pic.twitter.com/lhrunlqDvK
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 11, 2022
Sixes in Today’s Match
Finn Allen: 6
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) October 11, 2022
New Zealand build momentum heading into the #T20WorldCup #NZvPAK | Scorecard: https://t.co/7M2lCaPWQt pic.twitter.com/uBWoM63rOW
— ICC (@ICC) October 11, 2022
Michael Bracewell winning Back to Back MoM awards at Hagley Dhaka oval that too with the Ball was the Only negative for Pakistan. Off Day for Batters, couldn’t read the pitch. Off Day Go easy #NZvPAK
— 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗭𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗮𝗿 🇵🇰 (@iam_JZK) October 11, 2022
how the world sees Michael Bracewell vs how Pakistani batsmen see Michael Bracewell pic.twitter.com/u7UGRkCcKv
— yang yoo (@GongRight) October 11, 2022
Highest T20 SRs ever (minimum 1500 runs)
172 – Finn Allen
169 – Andre Russell
163 – Tim David
158 – De Grandhomme
155 – Prasanna
154 – Jacks, Afridi, Ronchi
153 – Gurbaz
Proper fun player.
— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) October 11, 2022
Only got to see half of his inning, but looks as though Finn Allen has driven the stake through Martin Guptills t20i career there.
— Dylan (@dyylanking) October 11, 2022