Pakistan was a complete failure against the hosts before this series. They were whitewashed by the Kiwis in the ODI series but this has been their format. Pakistan is yet to lose a T20I series under Sarfraz Ahmed. This match was a decider, not only for the series but also the World Number one ranking.
Batting first, Pakistan smashed 181 in their 20 overs. Zaman top scored with 46. Sodhi and Santner picked two wickets each.
Guptill played well for his 59, but he had no support from the other end. Taylor and Santner tried their best at the finish, but it was too late. Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, was awarded the player of the match award. Mohammed Amir was the player of the series.
The visitors clinch the series 2-1 and claim the number one spot