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12-24-2010, 10:00 AM #1
Auckland defeat Pakistan in warm-up T20 gamePakistan were defeated by Auckland convincingly in their first tour game of New Zealand. The T20 game allowed both sides to use 12 players on each side.
Auckland quickly got into Pakistanís top order with Michael Bates removing two batsmen in the opening over. Pakistan could not recover and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Only four Pakistani batsmen got into double figures as they were bowled out for a meek 91. Umar Akmal top scored with 25.
Bates was outstanding as he took four for 11 in his three overs.
Chasing a small total, Auckland made a brisk start. Despite losing several wickets in the middle, Auckland never looked in trouble as they eased to the target with more than six overs to spare. Martin Guptill made a watchful 28 not out to see his side home. Saeed Ajmal was the pick of Pakistan bowlers taking two wickets for 20 runs.
Pakistan play New Zealand in the first T20I at Auckland on December 26....being a human...