NZ beat Pak by 10 wickets in 2nd T20, draw level
Martin Guptill made 87 and Kane Williamson 72 in an unbroken record partnership of 171 that steered New Zealand to a 10-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 cricket international on Sunday, levelling the three match series at 1-1.
New Zealand took four leg byes from the fourth ball of the 18th over to win the match with eight balls to spare. In doing so Guptill and Williamson surpassed the Twnety20 record partnership for all wickets against all nations that had been held for South Africa by Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman at 170.
Pakistan won the opening match by 16 runs on Friday, defending a total of 171-8 and left itself in a similar position at Seddon Park when it made 168-7 after winning the toss and batting.
While New Zealand botched their run chase in the first match, losing seven wickets for 48 runs after
Williamson had made 70 and Colin Munro 56, the two New Zealand openers made no mistakes on Sunday in steering their team to victory.
Williamson ran out Guptill for 2 in one of the most serious blunders of the first match at Eden Park and there seemed a clear determination from both batsmen to avoid similar missteps this time around. Guptill and Williamson controlled New Zealand’s chase, posting their century partnership in 12 overs to ensure the home team remained ahead of the required run rate and to leave Pakistan with few defensive options.
Outstanding bowling by Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz in the first match sowed panic among the New Zealand middle order after Williamson and Munro were out but Williamson ensured there was no repeat of that indecision.