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    Allen smacks six sixes as NZ power past Pakistan

    CHRISTCHURCH (AFP) – Finn Allen showed his form ahead of the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup by top-scoring for New Zealand with a disciplined batting display in their nine-wicket romp over Pakistan in Christchurch yesterday in the tri-series.

    Allen blasted six sixes in his 62 off 42 balls as the Black Caps chased down their target of 131 with ease at Hagley Oval.

    The victory leaves the hosts and Pakistan each with two wins and one defeat before the Black Caps next face Bangladesh today, also in Christchurch.

    The three nations are using the week-long tournament to fine tune for the T20 World Cup in Australia which begins later this month.

    An improved bowling performance saw Pakistan restricted to 130 for seven in their 20 overs before Allen and Devon Conway’s rapid opening partnership of 117 set up a comfortable victory.

    New Zealand’s Finn Allen plays a shot in Christchurch. PHOTO: AFP

    After Allen was stumped by Mohammad Rizwan, captain Kane Williamson saw New Zealand home with three overs and five balls to spare.

    “It was an improvement again from the last game,” said Williamson, referring to New Zealand’s eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Sunday.

    “The condition weren’t easy, but we were nice and clinical with the ball.

    “Finn really broke the back of the chase by being super aggressive and Devon complemented him nicely.”

    Following his unbeaten 70 against Bangladesh, Conway struck five fours in compiling 49 not out off 46 balls.

    “We need to discuss our mistakes ahead of the next match,” said Pakistan captain Babar Azam, whose side play Bangladesh tomorrow.

    “We had a bad day, we just weren’t up to the mark with our batting.”

    New Zealand bowler Michael Bracewell was named man-of-the-match after removing prolific opening pair Rizwan, for 16, and captain Babar Azam, for 21, in his superb two for 11 from four overs.

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