Pakistan make 181 against sloppy NZ in final T20I

Onus on Pakistan to come up with consistent performances

The series win sees Pakistan usurp their hosts in ICC's T20I team rankings and soar to the number one position - an accomplishment that instantly drew praise from PCB Chairman Najam Sethi.

The New Zealand cricket team have stumbled to an 18-run loss in their series deciding T20 match against Pakistan in Tauranga.

The Green Shirts won the toss and elected to bat first.

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However, they fought back in the second match to win by 48 runs and then eventually took the series.

Earlier, Fakhar Zaman scored 46 runs off 36 balls with five fours and one six in a fashionable way.

Pakistan have on Sunday made 181 runs for the loss of six wickets against a sloppy New Zealand team in the third and last Twenty20 global (T20I) of the series. For the home side, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner took a couple of wickets each.

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However, barring Guptill, the top and middle order batsmen consisting of Colin Munro (1), skipper Kane Williamson (0), Tom Bruce (1), Glenn Phillips (5) and Colin de Grandhomme (10) fell in quick succession.

In reply, New Zealand were uncharacteristically cautious, scoring just 32 runs in the first five overs.

Ross Taylor (24) and Santner (24*) also chipped in with their cameos towards the end, but it wasn't enough.

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