Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Match. He says: “First win after a long time, so very happy. The wicket was much better than the first game. We took our time and after 2-3 overs we played our shots. Our plan was to survive the Powerplay today. We did that, and we got the result. Enjoying my form at the moment.”
Now the winning captain Sarfraz Ahmed. He says: “Credit goes to our openers Fakhar and Shehzad. They did the job. We knew 170 was the par score, and we knew it we bat well we’ll reach that far. We wanted to score 200, that’s why we wanted to bat first. Credit goes to all bowlers as well. Not easy to bowl in such a small ground. Not easy captaining on a ground like this, so it’s very difficult to play in Auckland.”
Here’s Kane Williamson, the losing captain. He says: “Pakistan were excellent in all departments, and we were poor in all departments. When you catch Pakistan when they’re on fire, this is the result we get. Santner and Wheeler really came off today, so we do have belief in the camp, but just didn’t come off today. Bowling at the death is always tough, but overall the seamers have been bowling well. Simply, they got a lot of runs and we didn’t. Looking forward to the final game. A bit of a shame tonight. We pride ourselves on our performances, but it’s important to move on. It’s a great opportunity to figure what went wrong, but after all it’s T20 cricket.