Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I 2024 Highlights

Watch the highlights of Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I 2024 - New Zealand tour of Pakistan 5-match Twenty20 international series of the 1st T20I match played between New Zealand and Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi in 18th April 2024.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I 2024 Highlights
Covers on the ground, covers in the stands: such was the case for most of Thursday evening in Rawalpindi © AFP/Getty Images

Rain stopped the day after two balls of cricket between Pakistan and New Zealand in the opening T20 international of the five-match T20I series.

* New Zealand scored 2 for lost a wicket in 2-balls and two runs came with leg byes

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

Rain ultimately had the final say in the first T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand. The weather forecast was tricky all day, with intermittent rain forcing a half-hour delay in the toss. No sooner than the toss, which New Zealand won and elected to bat first, was held that the heavens opened again, forcing another lengthy delay that brought the game to the verge of being called off without a ball being bowled.

There was a glimmer of hope nearly three hours on, when a short pause in the rain allowed the ground to dry just about enough to ostensibly allow a 5-overs-a-side match, the shortest a T20 can be curtailed to. Shaheen Shah Afridi opened the bowling, and looked like his vintage best when he knocked back debutant Tim Robinson's middle stump with a searing inswinger off the second ball.

However, that was as much action as the weather would permit, with a drizzle resuming almost instantly after. This time, there was no time to play with, and the umpires immediately called the game off, with the players shaking hands. As per PCB policy, ticket refunds won't be issued to spectators because the toss did take place.

The unfortunate Robinson was one of four debutants in the match, with Pakistan handing T20I caps to Usman Khan, Irfan Khan and Abrar Ahmed.

The second T20I will also be held in Rawalpindi, on Saturday.



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