Pakistan claim 2-0 series win over Kiwis

Aaron Moores | cricket20

Twenty20 World Cup Champions Pakistan made it two wins out of two at the Dubai Sports Cricket Stadium to claim the series win against an under strength New Zealand side.

Set a target of 154 for victory the Kiwis lost early wickets at regular intervals to leave stand in captain Brendan McCullum and SB Styris to much to do on a slow wicket despite a stand of 66.

McCullum hit a spirited 47 before falling in the 18th over with the Kiwis still needing another 22 runs for victory.

A six at the start of the final over by Styris set up a thrilling finish but a series tying victory for the Kiwis was just out of their reach.

Earlier Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bat hoping his openers would take the game away from the Kiwis in a repeat of last nights success.

They found it hard going in the early over's with openers Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal both struggling to get any rhythm going.

The pair were both dismissed by Butler inside the first six overs and it was left to Akmal with support from Afridi and Fawad Alam to steer Pakistan to a defendable total.

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