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Rohail Nazir, Hussain Talat steer Pakistan Shaheens to comprehensive seven-wicket win
Pakistan Shaheens v Canterbury Kings

Rohail Nazir, Hussain Talat steer Pakistan Shaheens to comprehensive seven-wicket win

Canterbury Kings 169-5 in 20 overs (HJ Chamberlain 66 not out, Tyler Lortan 51; Haris Rauf 2-36)

Pakistan Shaheens 170-3 in 18.1 overs (Rohail Nazir 69 not out, Hussain Talat 53 not out)

Pakistan Shaheens skipper Rohail Nazir and middle-order batsman Hussain Talat stitched an unbroken 115-run stand to complete a seven-wicket win over Canterbury Kings.

The victory ensured by stellar half-centuries from Nazir and Talat marks Shaheens' first T20 win of the tour of New Zealand.

In the 12-a-side encounter at Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln on Friday, Shaheens restricted the opposition to 169/5 despite impressive fifties from HJ Chamberlain and Tyler Lortan.

Haris Rauf and Amad Butt inflicted early damage on Canterbury before Lortan's defiant 38-ball 51 weathered the storm and set the platform for a competitive total.

Canterbury Kings then added 102 runs in their last 56 deliveries, riding on the back of Chamberlain's breathtaking charge.

Wahab Riaz was at the receiving end of several boundaries in his expensive four-over spell, finishing wicketless and leaking 45 runs in his off-colour outing.

Rauf took another wicket in the death overs while leg-spinner Usman Qadir kept things tight at one end with his attacking lines to give away just 20 runs in four overs and grabbed one wicket.

Shaheens' chase was troubled by a loss of top-order wickets as runs were hard to come by for the batsmen. Haider Ali departed for his second successive single-digit score whereas Abdullah Shafique and opener Zeeshan Malik failed to stabilise the innings for long.

At 55/3 in the ninth over, Talat walked out to the middle to join captain Nazir as the two immediately set about their task to dominate the bowlers.

Nazir's glorious 69 not out was embellished with six boundaries and four destructive maximums. Meanwhile, left-handed Talat shellacked seven fours and a solitary maximum in his 35-ball 53.

Shaheens will now take on New Zealand XI for their fourth T20 at the same venue on January 3.