Lahore gets ready to host remaining T20Is of PAK vs NZ series

The series is level at 1-1

By Web Desk
April 23, 2024
View of Lahore' Gaddafi Stadium.- PCB

The five-match T20I series between Pakistan and New Zealand now moves to Lahore from Rawalpindi with Gaddafi Stadium set to host the last two games on April 25 and 27.

The series is levelled at 1-1 after the three matches and cricket fans expect a cut-throat competition in the remaining matches.

In photos posted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the groundsmen could be seen preparing pitches and giving final touches to the outfield.

Remember, New Zealand made a stunning comeback in the five-match T20I series courtesy of Mark Chapman who led the visitors to victory on Sunday.

New Zealand had a great start to the 179-run target with openers Tim Robinson (28) and Tim Seifert (21), scoring 42 runs for the first wicket.

The home side looked to stage a comeback with back-to-back dismissals by Naseem Shah and Abbas Afridi but Chapman, paired with Dean Foxcroft had their plans.

The left-hander was the aggressor in the partnership of 117 runs while Foxcroft supported him brilliantly. Chapman reached his eighth fifty in this format and finished with an unbeaten score of 87. He stroked nine fours and four sixes in his 42-ball innings

Foxcroft made 31 off 29 balls with the chase completing in the 19th over.

Earlier, the hosts started well with Saim Ayub dominating the visitors. The opening duo of Saim and Babar made 54-0. Saim was caught by James Neesham off Ish Sodhi's bowling after scoring 32 runs from 22 balls at a strike rate of 145.45.

Meanwhile, in a 62-run partnership with Irfan Khan, Shadab stroked 41 runs off 20 balls with the help of six boundaries. Irfan finished not out on 20-ball 30, smashing three fours and a six.