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Pakistan and New Zealand are among the most feared sides in T20 International (T20I) cricket. 

Pakistan won the 2009 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in England and finished runners-up in 2007 and 2022. 

New Zealand, despite being consistent in the format, haven’t got their hands on the coveted trophy yet. The Kiwis finished as runner-up in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. 

The first T20 encounter between these teams came in the 2007 World Cup semis which Pakistan won by six wickets.

Since then, the two sides have squared off multiple times in the 20-over format, and with that in mind, let’s take a look at all the Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I records. 

Pakistan vs New Zealand head-to-head in T20Is

Matches

Pakistan won

New Zealand won

Tied

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18

11

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Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I records and stats

Highest team total

The highest team total between the two teams belongs to Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman (50 off 28), Ahmed Shehzad (44 off 34), Sarfaraz Ahmed (41 off 24) and Babar Azam’s unbeaten 50 off 29 helped Pakistan post 201/4 in Auckland during a 2018 bilateral series between the teams. Pakistan won the match by 48 runs.

Lowest team total

The lowest team total between Pakistan and New Zealand belongs to the Kiwis. While chasing a target of 184 in the third T20I match of Pakistan’s tour to New Zealand in 2010, the Kiwis were bundled out on 80 in the 16th over and lost the match by 103 runs. 

Most runs

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has scored the most runs in Pakistan vs New Zealand fixture in T20s. The classy right-hander has amassed 584 from 19 innings against Pakistan at an average of 36.50 and a strike rate of 116.63. His best of 72 not out came in New Zealand’s 10-wicket victory over Pakistan in Hamilton during the 2016 series. He’s made five fifties against Pakistan in T20s.

Most wickets

Kiwi seamer Tim Southee has picked up 28 wickets from 18 matches against Pakistan at an average of 18.14 and an economy of 7.13. His best figures against Pakistan were 5/18 which came in a winning cause during the 2010 bilateral series in New Zealand.

Highest individual score

Former Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez holds the record for the highest individual T20 score in Pakistan vs New Zealand fixture. Coming in when Pakistan was struggling at 16/2 at the end of two overs, Hafeez hammered an unbeaten 99 off just 57 balls in Hamilton in the second T20I of a three-match series in 2020. Pakistan posted 163/6 in their 20 overs which proved insufficient as New Zealand chased down the target with nine wickets in hand.

Best bowling figures

Umar Gul’s brilliant 5/6 in three overs in a 2009 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup group stage match remains the best bowling figures by a bowler in this fixture. His wickets included Scott Styris, Peter McGlashan, Nathan McCullum, James Franklin and Kyle Mills. New Zealand was bowled out for 99 and Pakistan chased down the target with six wickets and almost seven overs to spare.

Highest partnership

The opening stand between Martin Guptill and captain Kane Williamson of 171 runs against Pakistan at Hamilton during the 2016 series is the highest partnership in Pakistan vs New Zealand T20I fixture. Martin Guptill put on 87 off 58 while Kane Williamson finished on 72 off 48 balls as New Zealand registered a thumping 10-wicket win.

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