Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan stepped up for his side in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand as the Men in Green overcame the dominant Kiwi side at Mclean Park in Napier
Chasing a tricky target of 174, Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan batted with great composure and guided Pakistan to a comfortable four-wicket win.
Rizwan took the match by the collars and built a strong innings on the foundations of his cautious start. The batsman raced to 89 runs off just 59 balls, hitting boundaries in key moments to stay ahead of the required run-rate, to put his team in a comfortable position despite the head-scratching knocks from Pakistan’s other batsmen.
Veteran Mohammad Hafeez was the other notable batsman, scoring 41 off 29 balls while Khushdil Shah scored 13 runs.
Rizwan finally fell in the last over of the chase, caught by fielder Devon Conway off the bowling of Kyle Jamieson, after almost guiding his side to the finishing line. In the end, batsman Iftikhar Ahmed (14 from seven deliveries) sealed the match for his side with a gigantic six to make sure the Men in Green did not lose the T20I series three-nil.
Mohammad Rizwan was named player of the match for his brilliant 89 off 59 balls.
“I never thought I’d be made the captain of Pakistan and I can’t explain my happiness,” he said after his man-of-the-match T20 performance.
Rizwan said the T20 victory was an important morale booster ahead of the two-Test series against the Black Caps.
“We want to take momentum from this into the Test match, so this is very important for us,” he said.
After the Match, Former Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed went all praise for Mohammad Rizwan.
“Well Played Mohammad Rizwan. Top Inning Boy”, he tweeted.
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) December 22, 2020
In reply Mohammad Rizwan thanked former skipper and said “Shukria Sarfaraz Bhai. Allah pak aap ko mazeed izzat dain or hamesha mohabbat, asaani or karam ka muaamla karain, Ameen.”
— Mohammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) December 22, 2020
Mohammad Rizwan’s personal best of 89* from 59 balls became the joint highest individual score by a Pakistan wicket-keeper. Sarfraz Ahmed scored an unbeaten 89 from 49 balls against Scotland in 2018.