Pakistan aim series-win, New Zealand eye comeback in second T20I

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The match between Pakistan and New Zealand will start at 9pm Pakistan Standard Time.

Pakistan cricketer Asif Ali (R) is watched by New Zealand´s wicketkeeper Tim Seifert as he plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at The Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 31, 2018. You can also follow our live blog for ball-by-ball updates and analysis on cricketnext.com.

Pakistan come into this match knowing victory will see them win their 11 consecutive series victory so motivation is high and they will take heart from the win in the opening T20 match but know they have a real challenge on their hands against New Zealand.

New Zealand have chose to bat after winning the toss in Dubai. Munro opened up in style, hiting two sixes and a four off Imad Wasim's fifth over of the innings before greeting Hasan with a six and a boundary to complete New Zealand's fifty in just 5.4 overs. But Pakistan dismissed Glenn Phillips (12), Munro, captain Kane Williamson (11) and Colin de Grandhomme (six) as New Zealand stalled at 89-4.

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New Zealand showed little rustiness on their return to worldwide on Wednesday after seven months as they came within two runs of Pakistan's 148/6 total and skipper Kane Williamson was relatively pleased with the performance of his team.

Pakistan´s varied bowling, led by Hasan Ali with 3-35, pulled them back significantly. Pakistan managed 81 runs in the last ten overs with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed chipping in with a 26-ball 34 which had three boundaries and a six.

The ODI series against New Zealand will commence from November 7.

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