New Zealand improved to 3-0 in Group 2 play Tuesday 22 March with a win over Pakistan and clinched an ICC World Twenty20 Championship berth in the process.
Martin Guptill reached a team-high 80 before he was caught out in the Kiwis’ innings. He had partnerships of 62 runs with Kane Williamson and 52 runs with Corey Anderson.
Pakistan, with its sights set on 181, reached 65 before losing its first wicket in the sixth over. The lineup didn’t produce from there, however, and the Kiwis went on to win by 22 runs.
“Obviously the wickets are a little bit slower than what we have in New Zealand but we’ve just got to get over here and adapt,” New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum said afterward. “Obviously different skills that we have to use over here and just have to go out and play like we usually do. If you get away too much from what you know then you’re not going to be as successful.”
West Indies and New Zealand lead the two respective groups thus far in the tournament.