In the concluding match of the series, Pakistan secured a consolation victory in a nail-biting encounter in Christchurch last Sunday.
Having opted to bat first, Pakistan posted a total of 134 for the loss of eight wickets, with Muhammad Rizwan contributing 38 runs and Fakhar Zaman adding 33 runs to the scoreboard. Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi each claimed two wickets for New Zealand.
In reply, Pakistan’s bowlers delivered an outstanding performance, dismissing New Zealand for a mere 92 runs in 17.2 overs. Part-timer Iftikhar Ahmed shone with three wickets, while Shaheen Shah Afridi and Muhammad Nawaz secured two wickets each.
For New Zealand, Finn Allen scored 22 runs, and Glenn Phillips made 26 runs. Despite the loss in the final match, the Kiwis had already clinched the five-match series by winning the first four games.
Departure Of Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, And Andrew Puttick Marks Farewell From Pakistan Cricket
Meanwhile, on Thursday, former Pakistan director Mickey Arthur, along with Grant Bradburn and Andrew Puttick, who were serving at the National Cricket Academy, made the collective decision to part ways with Pakistan cricket.
The trio tendered their resignations, formally informing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of their departure. In response, the PCB conveyed its best wishes to the departing coaching staff.
Via X (formerly Twitter), the PCB shared its sentiments and extended goodwill to the resigning coaches. Mickey Arthur, expressing his appreciation for his time with Pakistan cricket, conveyed, “Thank you, Pakistan. It has been a pleasure!”