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Pakistan Fail to Chase 225 as Allen Stars for New Zealand in Series-Deciding Win

Pakistan’s hopes of winning the five-match T20I series against New Zealand were dashed as they suffered a 45-run defeat in the third match at Dunedin on Wednesday. The hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, thanks to a sensational century by opener Finn Allen, who smashed 137 runs off just 62 balls.

Allen’s knock was the highest individual score by a New Zealand batsman in T20Is, surpassing Brendon McCullum’s 123. He also equalled the record for the most sixes in a T20I innings, hitting 16 maximums. He was particularly brutal on Haris Rauf, whom he hit for 27 runs in one over.

Allen and Tim Seifert (31) put on 125 runs for the second wicket after Devon Conway was dismissed for seven. Allen was eventually bowled by Zaman Khan in the 18th over, but not before he had taken New Zealand to a mammoth total of 224 for 4.

The Green Shirts chase got off to a shaky start as they lost Saim Ayub, who scored 10 runs of 13 balls, in the fourth over. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam tried to rebuild the innings with a 39-run stand, but the required run rate kept climbing. Rizwan fell for 24, while Babar Azam completed his third consecutive fifty of the series, scoring 58 off 37 balls.

However, none of the other Pakistan batsmen could provide any support to Babar, who was eventually got out by Sodhi in the 16th over. Pakistan were restricted to 179 for 7 in 20 overs, with Mitchell Santner being the most economical bowler for New Zealand, taking 1 for 26 in four overs.

Both teams made three changes to their playing XI for the match. New Zealand brought in Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert and Matt Henry for Kane Williamson, Adam Milne and Ben Sears. Pakistan replaced Usama Mir, Aamer Jamal and Abbas Afridi with Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Nawaz and Zaman Khan.

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