Right then, Pakistan have taken an unassailable lead in the series by registering yet another convincing win. We have one more T20I game left in the series and it's on the 4th of November in Dubai. Do join us at 2000 local (1600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
Pakistan's captain, Sarfraz Ahmed says that he's pleased with the victory and credits his boys for all the effort. Adds that he was very confident of overhauling the target. Admits that it got a bit close but the experience of Hafeez and Malik came in handy. States that he has the power in his batting to chase down any total. Also says that his boys are aware of where to field and bowl and to their good luck everything is falling in place. He is delighted with the form of Mohammad Hafeez and reckons that Babar Azam is improving with every game. Believes that Asif Ali has the talent and he is backing him to do well up the order.
New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson praises Pakistan for playing well and executing their plans. Feels that they batted well and put a good score on the board but they need to be a bit better with their all-round game. On their bowling, Kane replies that they always look for wickets and also try to squeeze the scoring rate. Mentions that they need to make small adjustments and keep improving.
Man of the Match award is won by Shaheen Afridi for his brilliant bowling performance! Says that he wants to continue with the good work and keep doing best for Pakistan. Thanks the support staff for all the help and feels that he's bowling well at the death with his variations. Adds that he works on the weakness of the batsmen. Wants to play well and long for Pakistan.
Surprisingly, the bowling did not stand up for New Zealand tonight. Colin de Grandhomme produced his MOST ECONOMICAL SPELL in a completed lot of 4 overs while Tim Southee managed to keep things tight upfront but lack of wickets hurt the Black Caps and the rest could not quite contribute. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
New Zealand had slipped from 50/1 to 67/3 by the halfway mark. Pakistan progressed from 50/1 to 75/1. Partnerships are always the key while chasing and the hosts produced those. Babar Azam held forte initially, with a 56-run stand with Asif Ali and then, when both fell in quick succession, the senior pros - Malik and Hafeez ensured that the home side did not throw it away.
The start of the chase was similar to how the Kiwis started off with the bat earlier in the evening. Fakhar Zaman played the role of Munro and 50 came up in the Powerplay. Then, just like the visitors lost a wicket towards the end of the field restriction, Pakistan lost Zaman. But then, here came the main difference.
Not many would have anticipated this at the start. Before tonight, Pakistan had never successfully chased a 150-plus total in T20Is in the Middle East. Also, given the way, the series against Australia had shaped up and how the first match against New Zealand had unfolded, the general feeling was that the Kiwis had got enough with 153 on the board.
Fantastic. Outstanding. Choose any word which you want. But consistency? At one point of time, consistency's second meaning was Australia. Now, hold your breath... it is Pakistan. Their 11th successive T20I series win. 8th victory on the trot in this format. 11th consecutive win while chasing. Wow. Simply wow.
Sarfraz Ahmed walks in next but won't be on strike.
7 needed off the last over. Adam Milne to bowl. Can he do something extraordinary?
Tim Southee is back on.
Shoaib Malik is in next.
Ish Sodhi is back on.
Colin Munro into the attack. He is similar to de Grandhomme and Williamson is taking a punt on him as his regular spinners have not done the job efficiently.
Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman.
Play halted. Physio is in the middle. Asif Ali seems to have pulled his hamstring. Getting some stretching currently. He is now back on his feet and we are ready to resume...
Tim Southee is back into the attack. 66 needed off 48 balls.
Run out appeal. It has been referred upstairs...
Ish Sodhi is introduced into the attack.
Colin de Grandhomme into the attack.
Asif Ali is the number 3 batsman.
Bowling change. Adam Milne replaces Ajaz Patel.
Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.
We're back for the run chase. Babar Azam has got his usual partner back in Fakhar Zaman. Target is 154 in 120 legal balls. Ajaz Patel to kickoff proceedings...