Finn, Conway guide New Zealand to a huge win over Pakistan

By our correspondent

CHRISTCHURCH: Finn Allen (62) and Devon Conway (49*) helped New Zealand demolish Pakistan by nine wickets after off-spinner Michael Bracewell bowled extremely economically in their third round fixture of the Tri-Series here on Tuesday.

Finn and Conway put together 117 in 81 balls to play a big role in outclassing Pakistan as the hosts chased the 131-run target with 23 balls to spare. Finn, who was stumped by Rizwan off Shadab Khan, struck six huge sixes and one four in his 42-ball knock. Conway, the wicket-keeper batsman, smacked five fours in his 46-ball knock.

Pakistan used six bowlers but they were ineffective on the track where Pakistani batting had to struggle in the entire innings. Earlier, Pakistan opted to bat first, a decision which proved too costly for the visitors as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Following some impressive start Bracewell provided breakthrough to New Zealand when he Mohammad Rizwan, scoring 16 off off 17 balls with three fours. Santner then removed Shan Masood for a 12-ball 14, before he had in his next over Shadab Khan for a seven-ball eight to reduce Pakistan to 62-3.  In the next over,  Bracewell added to the Pakistan’s misery when he had Babar for a 23-ball 21 which carried three fours.

Spinner Sodhi then got rid of Haider Ali (8) before he also removed Iftikhar for a run-a-ball 27 having three fours. Asif Ali at this stage played against his nature, scoring a 20-ball 25, smacking three fours as Pakistan were reduced to 130-7.

Bracewell remained the most impressive of hosts’ bowlers with 2-11 in four overs. Tim Southee (2-31) and Mitchell Santner (2-27) also did a fine job with the leather. Bracewell was declared as man of the match.

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