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Allen powers NZ to victory over Pakistan

  • Afp, Christchurch
  • 12 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Finn Allen showed his form ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup by top-scoring for New Zealand with a disciplined batting display in their nine-wicket romp over Pakistan in Christchurch on Tuesday in the tri-series.

Allen blasted six sixes in his 62 off 42 balls as the Black Caps chased down their target of 131 with ease at Hagley Oval.

The victory leaves the hosts and Pakistan each with two wins and one defeat before the Black Caps next face Bangladesh today, also in Christchurch.

An improved bowling performance saw Pakistan restricted to 130 for seven in their 20 overs before Allen and Devon Conway's rapid opening partnership of 117 set up a comfortable victory.

After Allen was stumped by Mohammad Rizwan, captain Kane Williamson saw New Zealand home with three overs and five balls to spare.

"It was an improvement again from the last game," said Williamson, referring to New Zealand's eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Sunday.

Following his unbeaten 70 against Bangladesh, Conway struck five fours in compiling 49 not out off 46 balls.

New Zealand bowler Michael Bracewell was named man-of-the-match after removing prolific opening pair Rizwan, for 16, and captain Babar Azam, for 21, in his superb two for 11 from four overs.

Iftikhar Ahmed top scored for Pakistan with 27, including three fours.