New Zealand batsman Finn Allen equals world record feat in Dunedin against Pakistan

New Zealand-Pakistan. Photo Courtesy:UNI

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IBNS/CMEDIA: Hard-hitting New Zealand young gun Finn Allen has equalled a World Record feat in Dunedin against Pakistan, hitting 16 sixes in the third T20I against Pakistan and posting the highest score by a Kiwi in men’s T20I internationals.

Allen went on to finish with 137 from 62 balls to his name the highest score by a Kiwi in men’s T20I internationals, beating Brendon McCullum’s 123 (72) against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2012. His six-hitting effort matched Hazratullah Zazai’s effort against Ireland in Dehradun in February 2019. Suzie Bates’ 124 against South Africa in 2020 is New Zealand’s best in Women’s T20Is.

New Zealand went on to post 224/7 in 20 overs at the University Oval, with Tim Seifert’s 31 (23) the next best as the 24-year-old stole the show.

Shaheen Afridi may have regretted winning the toss and electing to bowl as the hosts raced to 67/1 in the Powerplay, with Seifert joining Allen after the early departure of Devon Conway, who was claimed by Haris Rauf, an ICC report said.

The early breakthrough did little to slow the flow of runs, with Rauf going on to finish with 60 runs to his name even after picking up a second wicket (Mark Chapman for 1).

Mohammad Wasim’s 1/35 (4) was the least expensive of the Pakistan bowlers, with New Zealand tracking at better than ten runs an over for a majority of the innings.

New Zealand passed the 200 mark with an Allen six off the first ball of the 18th over, though when the opener fell to Zaman Khan a ball later, Pakistan did stem the flow of runs, conceding just 13 runs in the final two overs.

Pakistan fell 45 runs short in reply, ending with 179/7 from their 20 overs.

Tim Southee claimed 2/29 (4) with a quartet of bowlers all claiming a wicket each in New Zealand’s bowling effort, only countered by a half-century from Babar Azam (58 off 37 balls).