Pakistani record books etch Mohammad Rizwan’s name

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Pakistani record books etch Mohammad Rizwan’s name. As Pakistan beat New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International match on Sunday, Mohammad Rizwan, the dependable wicketkeeper and top-order batsman, reached another milestone for his country.

Rizwan became the leading six-hitter for the Green Shirts in the T20 format of the match played at Hamilton’s Seddon Park in New Zealand during the match during which he hit 77 maximums on behalf of the team.

It was the 31-year-old who was able to surpass the 76 sixes that former Pakistan skipper and current director of the team, Mohammad Hafeez, had hit for the country in the shortest format of the game.

The most sixes for Pakistan in T20Is

  • Mohammad Rizwan โ€” 77
  • Mohammad Hafeez โ€” 76
  • Shahid Afridi โ€” 73
  • Shoaib Malik โ€” 69
  • Babar Azam โ€” 55
  • Umar Akmal โ€” 55

On the other hand, it must be noted that Pakistan suffered their first defeat of the five-match series in the second T20I against the Kiwis.

In the Pakistani chase for 195 runs, Rizwan started the chase brilliantly by hitting a six over the fence off Tim Southee, but it wasn’t long before Adam Milne struck and removed him for just seven runs from the second over.

Just like he did in the first match, star batsman Babar Azam had a great match once again, scoring 66 runs from 43 runs on his scorecard with the help of nine boundaries, which was enough to take the Men in Green to a successful finish, but his effort was in vain as the visitors struggled in chasing down the 195-run target.

Despite a strong performance, New Zealand was not able to score 21 runs to win the game, which moves the international side closer to winning the series.

Within the first over of the match, both of the Green Shirts’ openers, Rizwan and Saim Ayub, perished for just 10 runs and the Green Shirts struggled from the start.

Earlier in the first innings, Finn Allen provided New Zealand with the momentum it needed to post a 194-run total as he scored 74 runs on just 41 balls, which included seven fours and five sixes in his innings, all played quickly.

With the help of Allen’s brilliant start, the home side looked all set to score a big total, but all of that changed as soon as his wicket was taken by Usama Mir’s googly in the 13th over, when things started to fall apart for the home side.

When Allen walked back to the pavilion after bowling 13 overs, the home team had a score of 137-2 in 13 overs, but they only managed to score 57 runs in the remaining seven overs after his departure.

Despite the in-form Kiwis being in good form, the Pakistani bowlers made an excellent comeback and managed to restrict them to 194 runs, which is a total they can easily chase.

During the 19th over, Haris Rauf snared three wickets for Pakistan and became the top wicket-taker of the match for Pakistan. Afridi, the skipper of the visitors, was the only bowler who did not pick up a wicket for them.

That news provided by timenews.

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