WELLINGTON: Pakistan´s batting woes continued Monday in the first Twenty20 in Wellington as New Zealand beat the tourists by seven wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
New Zealand chased down 106 with seven wickets in hand and 25 balls remaining, driven by a power batting show by Colin Munro (49*).
Pacer Rumman Raees struck twice to remove the in-form Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips early, injecting new energy into the bowling side after Pakistan suffered yet another embarrassing batting collapse earlier.
He had Guptill caught for a mere 2 runs, and bowled out Phillips for 3. But Munro and Tom Bruce overcame the early setback and smashed the ball around the park to put New Zealand on track to chase the target.
Shadab Khan ended Bruce's innings at 26, as New Zealand lost their third wicket at 57.
For Pakistan, only Babar Azam and Hasan Ali, in a 30-run partnership for the eighth wicket, reached double figures.
Babar was the last man out for 41, with two balls remaining in the innings, while Hasan (23) distinguished himself with a huge six to see Pakistan pass their lowest T20 score of 74 set against Australia six years ago.