Shaheen Afridi praises Azam’s outstanding performance in New Zealand T20Is. Babar Azam is the series’ second-highest run scorer, with 181 runs from three innings and an average of 60.33.
New Zealand grabbed an unassailable 3-0 lead over Pakistan in the five-match series, defeating them by 45 runs in the third T20I on Wednesday, January 17 at University Oval in Dunedin. After being given the opportunity to bat first, New Zealand annihilated Pakistan’s bowlers, with Finn Allen scoring an incredible 137 (62). In response, Pakistan could only manage 179/7 in 20 overs, with Babar Azam top-scoring with 58 (37).
Notably, it was Babar’s third successive fifty in the series. After scoring 57 (35) and 66 (43) in the first two games. Following another fifty from the former Pakistan captain, newly designated captain Shaheen Afridi lauded his solo effort in the first three matches and remarked that he needed some help to finish the games.
“I also mentioned earlier that Babar was not out of shape. We cannot assess him solely on a few innings. He has three excellent innings in three games in the series. Unable to conclude the contests in our favour. He need someone on the other end to carry the innings further. “If there had been another batter at the other end with Babar, we could have won the game. ” Afridi state in the post-match press conference.
Finn Allen levelled the record for most sixes in a T20I innings
Meanwhile, Finn Allen made history in the first innings by hitting 16 sixes, equaling the record for most sixes in a T20I. The Kiwi batter replicated the achievement accomplished by Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai against Ireland in February 2019.
He also recorded the highest score by a Kiwi batsman in T20Is (137 off 62), surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 123 (58) against Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup 2012. Allen will attempt to deliver another magnificent knock in the fourth game of the series on Friday, January 19 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.