Alia Riaz and Fatima Sana shine as Pakistan seals a historic win in the series – LSB

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Women of Pakistan 137 for 6 (Muniba 35, Riyad 32*, Penfold 2-17, Jonas 2-21) New Zealand women 127 to 7 (Rowe 33, Blimmer 28, Sana 3-22, Sadia 2-29), a difference of 10 runs.

Having beaten New Zealand for the first time in the T20I to start the series, Pakistan went one better in the second match in Dunedin, with Fatima Sana taking her second successive three-wicket haul to lead her side to a series win. The 10-run win gave Pakistan their first T20I series win away from home since October 2018, and their first T20I series win outside Asia and Ireland.
Sana followed up her 3 for 18 in the first T20I with figures of 3 for 22, her wickets being those of Susie Bates (for the second time in the series), Sophie Devine and Hannah Rowe – bowling all three. Rowe’s wicket effectively settled the match: Sana dismissed the No. 7 for 33 off 24 balls when New Zealand needed 12 off three balls. Molly Penfold, who came next, only managed to get one point off the last two balls of the match.

Rowe had entered when New Zealand were 62 for 5 in the 13th over, needing 76 off 45 balls to bring level in the series. They were down to 50 off 23 when Georgia Plimmer fell on 17 for 28, but Rowe and Leah Tahoe found the big shots at just the right time to keep New Zealand in with a final requirement of 18 runs. But Sanaa eventually returned to continue her star role.

Sent in to bat, Pakistan got off to a strong start thanks to Muniba Ali’s 28-ball 35 at the top of the order. However, they suffered a setback when Penfold dismissed Nida Dar and Basma Marouf in three deliveries to leave Pakistan at 86 for 4 after 13 overs. However, Aliya Riaz ensured the match finished with a defensible total, recording her second consecutive unbeaten appearance. There wasn’t much support from the batsmen at the other end, who had scored 10 off 21 between them in the last seven overs, but Riyad hit three fours and a six in his 22-ball 32 to set New Zealand to a target that proved successful. Out of their reach.

The third and final T20I will be played in Queenstown on Saturday, after which the tour will move to the ODI stage.

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