In a jaw-dropping display of power-hitting brilliance, Finn Allen stole the spotlight in Dunedin, equaling a World Record with 16 sixes, guiding New Zealand to a commanding win over Pakistan.
New Delhi, January 17, 2024 – In a dazzling display of power-hitting prowess, young sensation Finn Allen unleashed a record-breaking performance in Dunedin, propelling New Zealand to dominance against Pakistan in the third T20I clash. The hard-hitting batsman equaled a World Record by smashing an astonishing 16 sixes, notching up the highest score by a Kiwi in men’s T20I internationals.
Allen’s blistering knock of 137 runs off just 62 balls surpassed the previous record held by Brendon McCullum, who scored 123 against Bangladesh in 2012. The 24-year-old’s six-hitting spree matched the feat of Hazratullah Zazai against Ireland in 2019, solidifying his place in the cricketing history books. It’s worth noting that Suzie Bates’ 124 against South Africa in 2020 remains New Zealand’s best in Women’s T20Is.
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Batting first, New Zealand set a formidable total of 224/7 in 20 overs at the University Oval. Tim Seifert contributed a solid 31 runs off 23 balls, playing second fiddle to Allen’s explosive performance. Despite an early setback with the departure of Devon Conway, who fell to Haris Rauf, the hosts raced to 67/1 in the Powerplay.
Shaheen Afridi’s decision to bowl after winning the toss seemed to backfire as Allen and Seifert built a formidable partnership. Even though Haris Rauf managed to pick up two wickets, his efforts were overshadowed by the relentless assault from the Kiwi batsmen.
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Mohammad Wasim emerged as the most economical bowler for Pakistan, conceding 35 runs in his four overs. However, the overall run rate for New Zealand remained consistently high, crossing the 200-run mark with a towering six from Allen in the 18th over.
Despite Zaman Khan removing the explosive opener in the same over, Pakistan managed to tighten their grip on the run flow in the final two overs, conceding only 13 runs. The electrifying performance by Finn Allen has undoubtedly set the stage for a memorable T20I encounter between these two cricketing nations.