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Haider Ali carnage, Usman Qadir magic script massive 101-run win for Pakistan Shaheens
Pakistan Shaheens v New Zealand XI

Haider Ali carnage, Usman Qadir magic script massive 101-run win for Pakistan Shaheens

Pakistan Shaheens 231-5 in 20 overs (Haider Ali 64, Zeeshan Malik 54, Hussain Talat 44 not out; SB Keene 2-34)

New Zealand XI 130 all out in 18.1 overs (RA Mariu 48; Usman Qadir 3-18)

Blistering half-centuries from Haider Ali and Zeeshan Malik followed by blazing contributions from Hussain Talat and Amad Butt fired Pakistan Shaheens to a mammoth total of 231/5 before the bowlers did a wonderful job to skittle New Zealand XI for 130.

Shaheens got off to a flier with openers Zeeshan and Abdullah Shafique punishing the New Zealand XI bowling attack all over the park.

The two added 84 runs for the first wicket in nine overs, foiling the hosts' plans of finding an early breakthrough after they had won the toss and chosen to field first.

Abdullah's solid knock came to an end when he was caught and bowled by Ryan Harrison. Zeeshan soon perished after compiling a stellar half-century embellished with 10 boundaries.

The protagonist of Shaheens' last win, skipper Rohail Nazir departed for a low score prompting the duo of Talat and Haider to join forces at the crease.

Haider's ruthless barrage of boundaries completely shifted the momentum in the touring side's favour as he hammered four fours and five sixes in his vibrant 28-ball 64.

Haider, who became the first Pakistan batsman to score a fifty on T20I debut in September 2020, ensured Shaheens were well within the range of crossing the 200-run mark.

The visitors did even better as Talat and Amad Butt launched an array of boisterous strokes to plunder 52 runs off the last three overs.

Hussain remained unbeaten on 44 off a mere 17 balls while Butt's insane six-ball cameo saw him smack three sixes and a four to contribute 25 not out.

In reply, New Zealand XI seemed in the game till the halfway mark of their chase before a spectacular collapse initiated by leg-spinner Qadir condemned them to a humiliating defeat.

New Zealand XI lost their last eight wickets for just 28 runs with only Rhys Mariu providing some resistance with his 35-ball 48.

Qadir was the pick of the bowlers for Shaheens, registering figures of 3/18 in three overs whereas six other bowlers chipped in with a wicket each.

Shaheens will have the final match of their tour against the same opponent on Tuesday.