In a thrilling fourth T20I in Christchurch, Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips orchestrated a memorable victory for New Zealand, defeating Pakistan by seven wickets.
The duo not only secured half-centuries each but also forged an unbeaten 139-run partnership for the fourth wicket, marking the joint-second-highest T20I partnership against the Men in Green.
Match-Winning Partnership Steers NZ to Victory Facing a target of 159, New Zealand encountered a challenging start, stumbling to 20/3 with Shaheen Afridi’s impactful bowling. However, Mitchell’s resilient 72* and Phillips’ aggressive 70* not only rescued the hosts but also propelled them to victory in just 18.1 overs.
Joint-Second-Highest Stand Against Pakistan Mitchell and Phillips’s outstanding 139*-run partnership now stands as the joint-second-highest against Pakistan in T20Is. They share this distinction with England’s Harry Brook and Ben Duckett, who achieved a similar feat by adding 139* runs in the 2022 Karachi T20I. Topping the list are NZ batters Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, who posted an impressive 171* runs in the 2016 Hamilton T20I.
Mitchell’s Third T20I Fifty Against Pakistan Daryl Mitchell, entering at number four, displayed resilience with an unbeaten 72 off 44 deliveries, featuring seven boundaries and two maximums. This marked his third T20I fifty against Pakistan, contributing to his overall tally of 1,260 T20I runs at an average of 26.25, including seven fifties.
Phillips’ Stellar Performance Glenn Phillips, taking an aggressive approach from the start, crafted an unbeaten 52-ball 70, including 5 fours and 3 maximums.
This innings marked his 10th T20I fifty, adding to an impressive overall record of 1,690 T20I runs at an average of 31.88, which includes two centuries. Notably, this match saw Phillips achieving his maiden T20I fifty against Pakistan, accumulating 292 runs against them at 20.85.