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    New Zealand Women Secure Victory Against Pakistan

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    New Zealand women managed to avoid a series whitewash as they secured a six-run victory over Pakistan in the third and final Twenty20 International, decided by the DLS method due to rain interruptions. After posting a target of 138 runs, Pakistan’s hopes were dampened by a crucial partnership between Suzie Bates and captain Amelia Kerr, propelling the hosts to 101-2 by the 15th over. Despite the rain ultimately forcing an early end to the match, New Zealand was declared the winner, offering a semblance of redemption after Pakistan clinched the first two matches in a historic series.

    The dynamic opening partnership of Sidra Amin and Muneeba Ali set the stage for Pakistan, with Amin contributing a notable 43 runs off 38 balls in her series debut. The pair’s 64-run alliance laid the foundation for a competitive total. Captain Nida Dar, marking her 141st T20I appearance and becoming the most capped player for Pakistan in women’s T20Is, added a valuable 25 runs to the scoreboard, showcasing her experience in the format. A resilient unbeaten knock of 17 runs from Fatima Sana further bolstered Pakistan’s innings, allowing them to reach a commendable total of 137-5 in 20 overs.

    In pursuit of the target, New Zealand’s batting duo of Bates and Kerr displayed resilience and skill, forming an unbeaten partnership of 63 runs. Bates, scoring a crucial 51 not out off 52 balls, and Kerr, contributing 35 runs off 31 balls, guided their team past the DLS par score before rain disrupted play. The rain-induced conclusion favored the White Ferns, providing them with a consolation victory in the T20 series.

    As both teams now shift their focus to the upcoming three ODIs scheduled as part of the ICC Women’s Championship starting on December 12, the captivating encounters between New Zealand and Pakistan continue to unfold on the international women’s cricket stage.

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