Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20: Shaheen Shah Afridi helps Pakistan claim unassailable 2-0 lead

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Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with figures of 3-20 off his four overs

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Pakistan seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi took three wickets to lead his side to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International in Dubai.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a brisk start as Colin Munro, who dominated the majority of the partnership, and Glenn Phillips amassed a 50-run stand before Phillips was caught behind off the bowling of Afridi for five runs.

Munro went on to score a 28-ball 44, which included four boundaries and two sixes, before he was stumped by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.

Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor fell shortly after before New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson stabilised the innings with a 42-run partnership.

Williamson ended up making 37 before he was caught by Fakhar Zaman at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Afridi.

Tim Seifert was also dismissed by Afridi, while Tim Southee was run out by Sarfraz for a golden duck.

Anderson went on to smash an unbeaten 44, which came off 25 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes, as New Zealand finished on 153/7 off their 20 overs.

Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hafeez and Imad Wasim chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 154 to win, Pakistan got off to a quick start before Zaman was dismissed by Adam Milne for 24.

Babar Azam and Asif Ali kept the runs flowing with a 56-run partnership before Azam was sent packing by Southee for a 41-ball 40, which included four boundaries.

Asif went on to make 38 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Munro.

Even though Milne took out Shoaib Malik for 10, Pakistan managed to get across the finish line with two balls to spare thanks to Hafeez’s unbeaten 34, which came off 21 deliveries and included a boundary and two sixes.

Milne was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Southee and Munro claimed one wicket each.

Afridi was named Man of the Match.

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