PAK vs NZ: New Zealand seal historic series victory in Karachi after Glenn Phillips' heroics
Phillips smashed 63 runs in just 42 deliveries in a stunning counter-attack, propelling his side to a thrilling victory in the series decider in Karachi.
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The series decider between Pakistan and New Zealand lived up to the billing as the Kiwis prevailed in a thrilling encounter by two wickets to claim a memorable series victory on Pakistani soil. The series victory for the Blackcaps came after a game that swung like a pendulum. However, it was the hard-hitting Kiwi dasher Glenn Phillips, who stood tall to hand his side a historic triumph in a tense finale.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first in the series finale. However, the Pakistan top order failed to impress for a second game running as skipper Babar Azam was stumped for a third game in a row. But explosive opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Mohammad Rizwan steadied the ship for the hosts after those early blows.
While Fakhar went on to register a fluent century for his side, Rizwan was completely deceived by Ish Sodhi's Googly after registering a brisk half-century. The Kiwis found their way back into the match after breaking that mammoth stand for the third wicket, and it was Agha Salman's timely cameo that took the home side to a competitive score of 280 runs after their 50 overs.
Phillips the hero for New Zealand with a sensational half-century
Chasing their first ODI series victory in Pakistan, the Kiwis got off to a sedated start in the second innings. But a moment of brilliance from substitute fielder Tayyab Tahir broke the deadlock for the Men in Green. The Blackcaps were not perturbed by Finn Allen's dismissal and were looking on course for a comfortable victory as Devon Conway and Kane Willaimson brought up their respective half-centuries.
However, like they so often do, Pakistan found a way back into the game with a cluster of wickets in the middle overs. The visitors were in strife after Tom Latham was dismissed in the 39th over, with the scoreboard reading 205/6. It was Pakistan's game to win from there, but Glenn Phillips had other ideas. The middle-order dasher smashed 63 runs in just 42 deliveries in a stunning counter-attack, propelling his side to a thrilling victory in the series decider in Karachi.
What a knock under pressure by Glenn Philips. Outstanding counter attack . Fast men could be so much better .— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) January 13, 2023
CONGRATULATIONS @BLACKCAPS on the series win!! 👏🏼👏🏼Hope you guys enjoyed our country 🇵🇰— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) January 13, 2023
Amazing knock by Fakhar and Rizwan but guess it was not enough to lead us towards victory..Alot of positives and mistakes in the series to learn from..Better Luck Next Time✨#PakvsNZ pic.twitter.com/zTR8SayavZ
Well played NZ especially Phillips. Tayyab aur @Wasim_Jnr ki fielding dekhne ka maza aaya. Spinners were good in the series. @SalmanAliAgha1 ki kmaal performance. We can build on the positives and get better. Love you boys, always keep believing and fighting.— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) January 13, 2023
Congratulations to @BLACKCAPS on the series win - I hope you enjoyed Pakistan and the hospitality of the people - as for PAK we let the game slip out of our grasp in the latter part.— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) January 13, 2023
- massive well done to Glenn Phillips - played whilst ill and still performed admirably #PAKvNZ
Philips bhai nai game badal dala..— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) January 13, 2023
A brilliant half-century from Glenn Phillips gives New Zealand a series victory 😮#PAKvNZ | 📝 https://t.co/4pBVMuSohu pic.twitter.com/3fgcKNTxzz— ICC (@ICC) January 13, 2023
The mistakes of fellow teammates can end up costing captaincy to Babar Azam. This is very sad when a captain is blamed for all the mistakes but this is a bitter truth in Pakistan Cricket. #PAKvNZ— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) January 13, 2023
New Zealand won the series decider and take the series 2-1!#PAKvNZ #UnitedWeWin pic.twitter.com/eTefwmvCPl— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) January 13, 2023
New Zealand win the series-deciding third ODI courtesy of Glenn Phillips' unbeaten 63.#PAKvNZ | #TayyariKiwiHai pic.twitter.com/bHttJhDeNu— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 13, 2023
Regardless of what’s going to happen with you now, Remember that Pakistan is behind you, and we all love you. You are the captain of our hearts. Good luck in the Future. Hoga Wohi Jo Allah ne chaha♥️👏. @babarazam258 #BabarAzam #PakvNZ #PakvsNZ #BehindYouSkipper pic.twitter.com/J5hypuUF5z— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) January 13, 2023