Pakistan snatch T20 title back from Black Caps

Michael Bradley—AFP

Michael Bradley—AFP

Pakistan are most likely to go with the same Side in the decisive match which led them to bag their first win in the New Zealand Tour at Auckland on January 25.

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.

New Zealand vs Pakistan Live Score 3rd T20I Live Updates: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand.

The three-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan is now tied at one each.

Earlier in Second T20, an all-around performance by Pakistan halted New Zealand's winning streak and won the match by 48 runs.

Opener Fakhar Zaman was Pakistan's top-scorer with 46 runs off 36 balls, laced with five boundaries and a six.

Batting first, Green Shirts fired in unison to rattle up a challenging 181 for six against New Zealand in third and final of T20 global (T20I) match on Sunday at Bay Oval here.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed made 29, while Umar Amin chipped in with a quick 21 off just 7 balls. New Zealand are the number one team in the world in the shortest format but Pakistan are number two.

In response, New Zealand were bowled out for 153 runs in 18.3 overs as a result of some disciplined bowling from medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf (3/22), pacer Mohammad Amir (2/28) and spinner Shadab Khan (2/37).

Meanwhile, Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme scalped one.

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

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