Black Caps cruise past Pakistan in first T20
Pakistan's dismal tour of New Zealand continued with a comprehensive loss to the Black Caps in their first Twenty20 international on Monday.
Crushed 5-0 in the one-day international series, Pakistan's woes continued at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The tourists avoided complete embarrassment after being bowled out for 105, but New Zealand closed out a seven-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Only Babar Azam (41) and Hasan Ali (23) managed to reach double-figures for Pakistan, who were in huge trouble at 38-6.
While Rumman Raees (2-24) struck twice, Colin Munro's unbeaten 43-ball 49 saw New Zealand to victory with 25 balls to spare.
A 7-wicket win to the BLACKCAPS in the first GJ Gardner Homes T20I in Wellington-- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 22, 2018
Some superb late hitting from Ross Taylor (22*) & a controlled 49* from Colin Munro guides us through to the 106-run target with 25 balls to spare. Card | https://t.co/MgHaD9EmkS#NZvPAKpic.twitter.com/kJ2nhxMY1z
The Black Caps' win was set up by their bowlers after they put Pakistan in to bat.
Pakistan made numerous poor starts in the ODI series and that continued into the T20s.
After Tim Southee (3-13) and Seth Rance (3-26) did the early damage, Mitchell Santner (2-15) got in on the act as well.
A 15-run partnership between Babar and Faheem Ashraf (7) at least slowed New Zealand, but Pakistan were all out after 19.4 overs.
Martin Guptill (2) and Glenn Phillips (3) fell early in the Black Caps' chase, but Munro was comfortable before being joined by Tom Bruce (26) and Ross Taylor (22 not out).