Mohammad Hafeez: The veteran Pakistani batsman continued his dream run in T20Is with another half-century.
During the second T20I of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand in Hamilton, veteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez scored an impact-generating 14th T20I half-century to power his team to 163/6 in 20 overs after captain Shadab Khan won the toss and chose to bat.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the third over, the 40-year old player scored only three runs in the first nine deliveries that he faced. It was in the first over after the powerplay that Hafeez took the attack against New Zealand pacer Kylie Jamieson hitting him for two consecutive boundaries.
Having hit another set of consecutive fours off Scott Kuggeleijn in the following over, the right-hand batsman provided a much-needed momentum to the Pakistani innings.
Despite Shadab’s (4) departure in the ninth over, Hafeez continually found a boundary each in the next three overs. It was in the 15th over that Hafeez smashed a couple of sixes off Kuggeleijn to bring up his half-century.
Even with minimal support from the other end, Hafeez continued to attack from one end to once again attack Jamieson in the last over. On the last three balls of the innings, Hafeez thwacked two sixes and a four to end up scoring 99* (57) with the help of nine fours and five sixes.
A 164-run chase was sealed by the hosts in the last over on the back of individual half-centuries from wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert (84 not out) and captain Kane Williamson (57 not out). It was veteran seamer Tim Southee (4-0-21-4) who was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ at the Seddon Park.
Mohammed Hafeez narrowly misses maiden T20I century vs New Zealand
99 NOT OUT!
Muhammad Hafeez just misses out on his first T20 century as his team set New Zealand 163/6 to win the series.
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 20, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Hafeez 99 not out. Next best score in the innings is 22. #NZvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 20, 2020
Mohammad Hafeez – 99* off 57 balls
The rest of Pakistan’s batsmen – 62 off 63 balls
Extras – 2#NZvPAK
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 20, 2020
99* by Mohammad Hafeez today is highest T20i score by a batsman aged 40 or above. It’s only third T20I half-century by a batsman after celebrating 40th birthday, first by a full member’s team, two other are from associate teams Malta and Luxembourg. #AgeIsJustaNumber
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 20, 2020
99*@MHafeez22 you are the milk to my bowl of cereal. The remote control to my TV. The Misbah to my Younis.
I’m convinced the minar-e-Pakistan is a tribute to your greatness. #NZvPak
— Dennis Hafeez (@DennisCricket_) December 20, 2020
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