Despite losing again in their ongoing series to New Zealand, Mohammad Hafeez scored a brilliant knock of 99 runs to help Pakistan put in a battle at Seddon Park during the second Twenty20 International (T20I). Nine wickets were won by the hosts, but the veteran put on a one-man display to help his team post a goal of 164 runs, with the majority of his teammates struggling to make a large contribution with the bat.
Hafeez ended Pakistan’s innings with a six off Kyle Jamieson’s final delivery, falling agonizingly short of his maiden T20I century, remaining unbeaten on 99. Once again proving why he is essential to Pakistan’s T20I team.
Here is Hafeez’s footage of a six slamming off the final ball of the innings to cross 99:
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Jamieson sent his delivery on the final ball of the 20th over to the stumps, at a decent length. To take it straight down the ground for a six, Hafeez timed it exactly. It is worth remembering that against Jamieson he slammed three consecutive limits off the last three deliveries (6, 4, 6).
With Pakistan winning the toss and electing to bat, the match began.
With veteran Hafeez coming to their rescue, the visitors couldn’t find any sort again. With 22 runs from 20 balls, Mohammad Rizwan was the second-highest scorer, led by Khusdil Shah (14).
From 57 balls, Hafeez scored his unbeaten knock, slamming 10 fours and five sixes. In a great knock, he also posted a strike rate of 173.68.
Out of 20 overs, Pakistan scored 163 for six. The hosts had Tim Southee on fire, bagging four dismissals in four overs. James Neesham and Ish Sodhi, meanwhile, recorded a wicket each.
The hosts, courtesy of some excellent knocks by Tim Seifert and Kane Williamson, ended up winning the match.
New Zealand won the first T20I by five wickets at Eden Park and are leading the 2-0 series. The third T20I will take place on the 22nd of December at McLean Park.