New Zealand wins the series with two games left thanks to Allen’s record-breaking 137

New Zealand 224 for 7 (Allen 137, Seifert 31, Rauf 2-60) beat Pakistan 179 for 7 (Babar 58, Southee 2-29, Santner 1-26) by 45 runs

Finn Allen’s second T20I hundred deflated Pakistan and helped New Zealand score 224 for a 45-run win in the third T20I in Dunedin. After New Zealand batted for the third time in a row, Pakistan relied on Babar Azam again and lost the series, which still has two games to go.

 Highest individual T20I score

New Zealand had been attacking all series, but Allen hit 16 of their 18 sixes on Wednesday to set a new T20I record for the hosts, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 2012 World Cup tally of 123. Allen’s 16 sixes, the joint-highest in a T20I innings, helping him score a 26-ball fifty and 48-ball century.

Pakistan assisted Allen by bowling too short even with the new ball, and the opening batter attacked with aggressive pulls and golf-like smashes down the ground.

In reply, Mohammad Rizwan temporarily supported Babar with 24, but once he fell in the eighth over, no other Pakistan batsman lasted more than 10 balls. Babar fell for 58 trying to score as the asking rate rose and Pakistan lost again.

Allen destroys Pakistan again

Allen was attacking early, and with his best T20 performance, he has 373 runs from five innings this year. He launched his attack in the third over by hitting Shaheen Afridi for consecutive sixes past square-leg.

Haris Rauf felt he had a nice day when he dismissed Devon Conway in the next over that saw two runs, but his second over, the last of the powerplay, was blasted for 28, with Allen scoring 27. Allen dismissed them for two fours and three sixes in the over whether Rauf pitched it short or long to enable New Zealand score 67 in the powerplay.

Babar, Pakistan’s sole representative

Babar scored most of the runs at a tough asking rate. After miscuing his slower ball, young Saim Ayub fell to Tim Southee again, but Babar and Rizwan kept the pursuit going. Pakistan had hope after Rizwan’s two meaty sixes and Babar’s 39 off 28 for the second wicket, but Seifert stumped them after Santner shot one wide of the crease after watching Rizwan charge.

Babar played breathtaking shots like his 57 and 66 in the opening two games, including wristy flicks and lofted strokes against Sodhi. His gorgeous pull off Matt Henry was his best shot. At the end of the 13th over, Azam Khan holed out to Phillips’ sharp catch at deep midwicket, and seven balls later, Iftikhar Ahmed failed to run after driving the ball to cover from where Santner hit a direct hit.

Babar hit two more fours off Sodhi before falling in the 16th over, and Pakistan’s goal of 91 runs from 25 balls was impossible despite Nawaz and Afridi’s boundaries.

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