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New Zealand continue short-form dominance over Pakistan with win in first T20

Pakistan suffered a sixth straight defeat on their limited-overs tour of New Zealand

New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 international in Wellington.

Having been whitewashed 5-0 in the one-day international series, any hopes Pakistan would be more competitive in the shorter format were swiftly dashed as they collapsed to 38 for six after being put in.

Seth Rance and Tim Southee opened the bowling for the Black Caps and finished with three for 26 and three for 13 respectively from their four overs.

Babar Azam offered some resistance with 41 from as many deliveries, but tailender Hasan Ali – who smashed 23 from 12 balls – was the only other player to reach double figures as Pakistan were bowled out for 105 with two balls remaining.

Rumman Raees removed Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips cheaply to briefly raise hopes of a comeback by the tourists, but Colin Munro hit an unbeaten 49 from 43 balls as partnerships of 49 with Tom Bruce and Ross Taylor saw the hosts over the line.

Raees finished with two for 24 in a losing cause, with the second game of the three-match series taking place in Auckland on Thursday.

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