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Pakistan seal consolation T20 win over New Zealand

Third Twenty20 international, Hamilton:
Pakistan 183-6 (20 overs) beat New Zealand 80 all out (15.5 overs) by 103 runs
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Abdul Razzaq
Razzaq took 3-13 and hit 34 as Pakistan beat New Zealand comfortably

Abdul Razzaq produced a man-of-the-match display to earn Pakistan a consolation victory in the third and final Twenty20 against New Zealand.

The 31-year-old hit 34 off 11 balls in the tourists' 183-6 in Christchurch, with Ahmed Shehzad (54) top scoring.

Medium fast bowler Razzaq then tore into the Kiwi batting line-up for figures of 3-13 as the hosts crashed to 11-5 before limping to 80 all out.

Pakistan recorded their biggest T20 win with captain Shahid Afridi taking 4-14.

It was an amazing start to the hosts' reply, in which they lost four wickets for three runs in the first 17 balls, with top four Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Dean Brownlie and captain Ross Taylor all failing to score.

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Their total of 11-5 off 4.4 overs represents the lowest score for the loss of five wickets in a Twenty20 international.

Scott Styris - batting at six - was the only New Zealand batsmen to emerge with any credibility, top scoring with 45 to ensure they avoided achieving the lowest Twenty20 international score of 67, held by Kenya.

Styris' innings was finally brought to an end by Afridi, who then proceeded to clean bowl Tim Southee with his next ball, before sealing Pakistan's victory by taking the wicket of last man Kyle Mills shortly after.

Earlier, Pakistan's openers Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez had capitalised on good batting conditions and short boundaries to give their side a superb start.

They added 81 between them before James Franklin had Hafeez caught one handed by Taylor for 34.

Shehzad was then trapped leg before wicket by Franklin for 54 to reduce Pakistan to 90-2 in the 11th over and while the tourists' middle order struggled, Razzaq turned the game in the final two overs.

It was a sobering defeat for the home side, whose victories in Auckland and Hamilton had already given them the series.

All the boys need is confidence and this game shows what Pakistan is about and what talent we have

Shahid Afridi

The two sides now embark on a two-Test series, which starts in Hamilton on 7 January, before playing six one-day internationals ahead of the 50-over 2011 World Cup, which starts on 19 February.

Pakistan skipper Afridi paid tribute to his mercurial all-rounder Razzaq and said: "He's a matchwinner, I've always seen him as one. In the past there have been some games where victory looked unlikely, but he was able to see us through.

"All the boys need is confidence and this game shows what Pakistan is about and what talent we have.

"Yes we lost the series but this win was good in order to keep our morale high."

Counterpart Taylor denied his team had been complacent having already secured the series.

"We wanted to go out and win the series 3-0 after what's happened over the last few months but Pakistan batted very well, put a very good total on the board, and bowled really well too.

"When your top four batsmen get out for nothing, it's a pretty bad taste. We were looking forward to a good start given how they started, but the way Razzaq and Afridi bowled it was just outstanding."



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