New Zealand, in reply, were never up with the run chase, and managed 163 for six in their 20 overs. The defeat followed a 48-run loss in the second game, after New Zealand swept the one-day series and won the first T20I. The consecutive defeats, following an unbeaten 13-match winning streak across all formats against the West Indies and Pakistan, put a dampener on New Zealand's preparation for next month's triangular series with Australia and England. Fakhar was the architect at the start of the Pakistan innings with a sharp 46 before being dismissed in a debatable decision when Tom Bruce took a catch at ground level.
Pakistan is T20 #1. Again. Well played Team Pakistan! Never say die!— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) January 28, 2018
Television replays were inconclusive on whether the ball touched the grass, and after lengthy deliberation the third umpire ruled in favour of the on-field decision. New Zealand managed to arrest Pakistan's brisk early run rate in the middle of the innings before Amin ensured a competitive total at the end. The 28-year-old left-hander smacked his 21 off the first five balls in an over from Ish Sodhi before the New Zealand spinner claimed the wicket off his final delivery. Haris Sohail chipped in with 20 off 12 balls while Aamer Yamin, replacing the injured Hasan Ali, faced six deliveries for his 15.
Pakistan become number one in ICC T20 Rankings after defeating New Zealand 2-1 in the series. This is Pakistan's 5th consecutive series win since the WT20 2016 plus a one-off victory in Manchester. Sarfraz Ahmed has never lost a series as captain. #NZvPak— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 28, 2018
New Zealand struggled from the start of their reply to get near the required run rate of more than nine an over, and were in early trouble when Faheem Ashraf claimed Kane Williamson for nine. Martin Guptill attempted to bully the bowlers but it was primarily a lone stand. When he was removed for 59 off 43 balls in the 13th over, the required run rate had shot up to 13.57. Ross Taylor put the ball over the boundary fence three times in his 25 off 10 balls. But with his dismissal in the 17th over, New Zealand were 128 for five and their hope of a miraculous comeback was over.
As the IPL auction gets near to close, Pakistan become number one in the T20 Rankings. POETIC JUSTICE. ?— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 28, 2018
BRIEF SCORE New Zealand 163/6 (Guptil 59, Shadab 2/19) lost to Pakistan 181/6 (Fakhar 46, Santner 2/24) by 18 runs
No 1 t20 team in the world ??great achievement Pakistan ?? #PakistanZindabad— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) January 28, 2018