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All-round Anderson helps New Zealand clinch series

After the batsmen put 196 on the board, the home side’s bowlers made short work of the Pakistan batting

All-round Anderson helps New Zealand clinch series
 - Cricket News
New Zealand wrapped up the series 2-1 after having gone 1-0 behind.
Corey Anderson scored a career-best 82 not out and followed it up with two wickets as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 95 runs in the third Twenty20 International in Wellington on Friday (January 22). In the process, New Zealand wrapped up the series 2-1 after having gone 1-0 behind.
 
Sent in to bat, New Zealand made an imposing 196 and then rolled Pakistan over for 101 in the 17th over. 
 
It was Anderson's return to the team after he missed the first half of the New Zealand summer though injury. Anderson's 42-ball knock, that earned him the Man of the Match award, included four sixes and six fours. His efforts were backed up effectively by that of the bowlers. Grant Elliott took 3 for 7, Adam Milne 3 for 8 and Anderson 2 for 17 as Pakistan fell away. 
 
Anderson's lack of cricket was evident in a shaky start to his innings when he came to the crease with New Zealand at 62 for 2 after seven overs. He had 15 off balls at the end of the 11th over when New Zealand lost its two senior batsmen in quick succession with Kane Williamson out for 33 and Ross Taylor retired hurt for six. By the end of the 15th over, when New Zealand was 129 for 3, Anderson decided he had played himself in with 36 off 23 balls and lashed out. In the last five overs he faced 19 deliveries, scoring 46 runs.  


 
Anderson then picked up two quick wickets to put Pakistan o the back foot. He dismissed Ahmed Shehzad for eight and Shoaib Malik for 14 before leaving the field with cramps. Sarfraz Ahmed (41) and Malik were the only Pakistan batsmen to reach double figures as Elliott and Milne proved too difficult to handle in the daunting run chase.
 
Earlier, when Shahid Afridi won the toss and opted to bowl, he was relying heavily on history – the six previous T20 matches having been won by the team chasing. But statistics did not stop Martin Guptill and Williamson making another flying start when they put on 57 in the first six overs. 
 
Afridi dismissed Guptill in his first over after the New Zealand opener had made 42 off 19 deliveries. Colin Munro only faced three balls before he ran himself out to bring Anderson to the crease and, with that, Pakistan's hopes of salvaging the series disappeared. 
 
Wahab Riaz was the most successful of the Pakistan bowlers with 2 for 43. 
 
New Zealand and Pakistan play the first of three One-Day Internationals in Wellington on Monday.

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