Pakistan A Thrash New Zealand A in T20 Warm Up

5-20 off four overs from Pakistan A medium pacer Umaid Asif along with two wickets apiece from left-arm seamers Waqas Maqsood and Shaheen Shah Afridi helped roll the visitors for only 65 in 12.2 overs. It then just took Pakistan three more balls than New Zealand A faced to chase down the target for an eight-wicket win.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first New Zealand A Captain Corey Andersonwouldn’t have been happy to see his side one wicket down after only five balls. When opening batsman Glenn Phillips was caught by Hussain Talat off the bowling of Waqas Maqsood for 4.

Shaheen Shah Afridi removed Mark Chapman in the third over when he was caught behind for 3 by Mohammad Hasan. Afridi, former Pakistan Under 19’s player, was on a hat-trick after he removed fellow opening batsman George Worker the next ball after he chopped on for 1 off 9 deliveries with the score at 11-3 after 3.3 overs.

Umaid Asif was among the wickets himself with his very first delivery as Tom Bruce picked out Asif Ali for 1. New Zealand A Captain Corey Anderson and Wicket Keeper Tim Seifert tried to stop the flow of wickets and went on to attack. Only for Anderson to get bowled by an Asif slower ball for 16 off 12.

Seifert was the only other batsmen to make a score into double figures with 26 off 17 an innings that hit five fours. Asif ended with 5-20 off four overs as he cleaned through the middle order to help roll New Zealand A for 65 in 12.2 overs.

There was the tiniest glimmer of hope for New Zealand A of defending this well below par total was Pakistan A opening batsman Sahibzada Farhan was run out by Phillips for 1 off five balls with the score at 15-1 after 3.3 overs.

Fellow opener Pakistan A Skipper Umar Amin fell in the next over hit wicket off the bowling of Kyle Jamieson for 20 off 21. Iftikhar Ahmed and Hussain Talat put on 44 for the third wicket and guided Pakistan A home, with Ahmed ending not out on 26 off 27 and Talat not out on 16 off 24 giving Pakistan A an eight-wicket win with 43 balls to spare.

New Zealand A will hope for a better showing on Monday when they face Pakistan A in the second match of their three-match series leading up to the Blackcaps tour of Pakistan.

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