Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd T20: Azam, Hafeez star as Pakistan whitewash New Zealand

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Babar Azam scored his eighth half-century in Twenty20 Internationals

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Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez hammered 79 and 53 not out respectively to not only lead Pakistan to a 47-run win over New Zealand in the third Twenty20 International in Dubai, but also a 3-0 series win.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman early on as he was caught by Mark Chapman at cover off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 11.

Azam and Hafeez made up for the loss of Zaman with a 94-run partnership, during which Azam brought up his half-century, before he was dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme for 79, which came off 58 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes.

De Grandhomme struck again in his next over as he removed Shoaib Malik for 19.

Despite losing Azam and Malik in quick succession, Hafeez helped Pakistan finish on 166/3 thanks to his unbeaten 53, which came off 34 deliveries and included four boundaries and two sixes.

De Grandhomme was the pick of the bowlers, while Ferguson chipped in with one.

Chasing 167 to win, New Zealand made a rocky start to their innings as opener Colin Munro was clean bowled by Faheem Ashraf for two runs.

De Grandhomme fell shortly after as he was run out by Usman Khan Shinwari for six runs.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips steadied things with an 83-run stand, during which Williamson surpassed his half-century, before he was dismissed by Shadab Khan for a 38-ball 60, which included eight boundaries and two sixes.

Once Williamson was gone, New Zealand completely collapsed as they went from 96/3 to being bowled out for 119.

Shadab was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Imad Wasim and debutant Waqas Maqsood snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Faheem, he claimed one.

Azam was named Man of the Match.

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