Pakistan vs. New Zealand: Green Shirts whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 with a comfortable 47 run win in the third and final match in Dubai on Sunday.
Babar Azam became the quickest batsman to reach 1,000 Twenty 20 runs.
The 24-year-old — ranked number one in Twenty 20 Babar Azam, smacked a 58-ball 79 runs innings with seven boundaries and two sixes. Mohammad Hafeez, on the other hand hit a 34-ball 53 runs not out with two sixes and four boundaries to lift Pakistan to 166-3 at Dubai stadium.
Pakistan spinners Shadab Khan (3-30) and Imad Wasim (2-28) then made New Zealand to collapse to 119 runs all out in 16.5 overs as the Kiwis lost their last eight wickets for just 23 runs.
This also becomes Pakistan’s second series whitewash after romping past Australia 3-0 last Sunday.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson remained top-scored for his team with a 38-ball 60 runs innings, with eight boundaries and two sixes, while opener Glenn Phillips made 26 runs.
Babar Azam, when on 48 runs, completed 1,000 runs in Twenty 20 internationals in just 26 innings, surpassed Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s record of reaching the mark in 27 innings.
Babar Azam’s rise has matched Pakistan’s elevation to the world number one ranking in Twenty 20 internationals since making his debut against England at Old Trafford in 2016 when Sarfraz Ahmed took charge as captain.
Since then Pakistan have won 29 of their 33 Twenty 20 internationals with only four defeats, taking their tally this year to 17 wins in 19 matches with two defeats.
Sunday also represented Pakistan’s ninth T20 win in succession since losing to Australia at Harare in July this year.
Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips added 83 runs for the third wicket after New Zealand lost big-hitting Colin Munro for two and Colin de Grandhomme for six.
But once both were dismissed in the same Shadab Khan over, the innings fell apart, with only Ish Sodhi reaching double figures with 11.
Ross Taylor scored seven runs, Mark Chapman scored two runs, and Tim Seifert scored no run. All three fell in quick succession with debutant Waqas Maqsood also chipping in with 2-21.
“Another brilliant team effort from us. We needed 160-plus, and our batsmen did it,” said Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
“Throughout the series, we’ve taken wickets with the new ball, and we’ve done well with the bat too and created so many records.”
Shadab Khan also became the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket this year with 28 in 19 games.
New Zealand skipper Williamson rued his team’s spectacular collapse after being well set on the run-chase.
“At the halfway stage, on that surface, that was a very good total from Pakistan but we lost our way after being well set,” said Williamson.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we’ve got to put that behind us and look ahead to the one-day series.”
Pakistan vs. New Zealand
The two teams start a three-match one-day series with the first match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.