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White Ferns beat Pakistan in Twenty20

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/11/2016

New Zealand have beaten Pakistan by 14-runs in their women's Twenty20 international to complete a dominant home summer against the tourists.

Pakistan were dismissed off the final ball for 104 in pursuit of the White Ferns' 118-9 after the home side chose to bat first at Saxton Oval in Nelson.

Following a 5-0 loss in the one-day international series, Pakistan were hoping for better in the shortest form but they struggled against some tight bowling.

Aliya Riaz, batting at No.10, gave the tourists a late glimmer of hope with an unbeaten 28 off 22 balls.

Seamers Lea Tahuhu (3-17) and Thamsyn Newton (2-25) helped reduce Pakistan to 34-5 before Amelia Kerr claimed 3-16 with her legspin. Kerr, 16, became New Zealand's youngest T20 international player on debut.

Earlier, New Zealand also made a poor start, limping to 45-5 before a lively 26 from Liz Perry set up a competitive total. Nobody else reached 20.

New Zealand have won all three T20s against Pakistan, including two at World Cup level.

The White Ferns' next series is a trio of T20s against Australia across the Tasman in February.

Meanwhile, the match on Monday made history by featuring three women officials, the first international match to do so.

Diana Venter and Kathy Cross were the on-field umpires while Kim Cotton carried out third umpire duties.

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