Pakistan vs New Zealand 4th T20I 2023 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Pakistan vs New Zealand 4th T20I 2023 - New Zealand tour of Pakistan 5-match Twenty20 international series of the 4th T20I match played between New Zealand and Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi in 20th April 2023.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 4th T20I 2023 Highlights
A hailstorm interrupts the matcm between Pakistan and New Zealand © Getty Images

* Fourth T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand match called off due to hailstorm in Rawalpindi after Mark Chapman's blazing 42-ball 71 not out and Chad Bowes' brilliant half-century.

New Zealand scored 164-5 in 18.5 overs - when rain stopped the play - with top scorer by Mark Chapman hammered a unbeaten 71 off 42-balls including 10-fours & a six with strike rate of 169.04.

Chad Bowes cracked a 54 off 38-balls including 7-fours & a six with strike rate of 142.10 and Tom Latham hit 13 off 8-balls Included 3-fours.

Pakistan best bowler by Imad Wasim picked up 3-wickets for 19-runs in 4-overs, Haris Rauf and Saeed Ajmal both took one-wickets.

This match reported by Danyal Rasool (Third Party Reference from ESPNcricinfo)

A hailstorm in April, of all things, resulted in the fourth T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand being abandoned towards the tailend of the first innings. Mark Chapman's unbeaten 42-ball 71 had spearheaded New Zealand's innings after an early triple-strike from Imad Wasim put the visitors on the backfoot. The recovery had seen them post their highest total of the series with seven balls still to go, as New Zealand were 164 for 5 when the weather intervened.

It was quite the intervention, too. Moments after Haris Rauf deceived Rachin Ravindra in the flight in the penultimate over to send him on his way, light drizzle began to condense on the Rawalpindi grass. The next batter would never be able to get in though, with the rain intensifying almost instantly. As the players scurried off the ground, spectators rushed for cover and groundstaff hurried onto the pitch, hailstones the size of ping-pong balls were peppering Rawalpindi, the groundstaff taking protection underneath the very covers they had hastened to bring out. With the ground bedecked in white, it was almost instantly obvious no further play would be possible.

That means, somewhat remarkably, that this depleted New Zealand side stretch this five-match T20I series to the final game on Monday, where a victory would level the series. That did not appear likely when the visitors suffered two thumping defeats to start off the series, but the Pindi crowd is guaranteed a live decider when the teams reconvene on the other side of the Eid break.

Pakistan had opted to field first on a surface that, in New Zealand captain Tom Latham's words "looked a belter", at a venue that saw stratospherically high scores in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League. But Latham's side found themselves on the backfoot early on when Imad Wasim rocked them with three quick wickets. Latham miscued one to the boundary to be the first to fall before Will Young and Daryl Mitchell were both deceived by the pace and flight, and cleaned up soon before Imad was done with his spell. He'd bowl out straightaway, his four overs leaking just 19 runs and placing Pakistan firmly on top.

That began to change when Chad Bowes hit his stride, taking on the dominant role in a fourth-wicket stand with Chapman that began to shift momentum back. Shadab came in for particular punishment in his third over, and a six off him brought up a 32-ball 50 for the opener before Shaheen Afridi returned to break through.

But Chapman, the best batter for the visitors this series, had begun to crank through the gears, and was purring now. Successive boundaries off Haris Rauf helped him hit his stride before he took Zaman Khan to the cleaners, plundering 18 off his over. He'd brought up a half-century by now, and sparing no Pakistan bowler. Shaheen was carved through the offside for four, before Rauf was pummelled over deep midwicket just before the rains hit.

It would all be forgotten as nature had its say, but Chapman's form remains relevant to New Zealand's chances of snatching an unlikely series draw.



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