The way New Zealand stunned all and drew the T20I series 2-2 against Pakistan, impressed one and all. One factor was common across all five T20Is and that was the incredible form of Mark Chapman. The newcomer has won the final T20I for New Zealand and his consistent performance was a key for the visitors to come back in the third T20I and then drawing the series at the end.
In the first T20I, Pakistan set a target of 183 and New Zealand faltered in the chase. The entire batting line-up failed but Chapman still ended as the highest scorer for the side with 34 off 27. In the next match as well, he was in fact the sole fighter for New Zealand. Chasing 193, Chapman carried the innings with an unbeaten 65 off 40 without much support from his colleagues. In the third match, it was time for New Zealand to make a strong comeback. This time Tom Latham, the captain rose to the occasion while Chapman utilized the opportunity by playing a cameo of 9-ball 16. The next match was called off due to hailstorm but as the Kiwis batted, Chapman showed his calibre yet again with 41-ball 72.
Finally came the fifth and final T20I that was a must-win for the visitors. Pakistan set a massive target of 194 yet again to which New Zealand replied by losing two wickets in the first over. Chapman played match-winning knock of 57-ball 104* and won it for his team. As a result, he got a call for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan.
While speaking of the talented batter that Chapman is, NZ coach Gary Stead said, “The way Mark’s played against one of the best T20 bowling attacks in the world has been nothing short of outstanding. His match-winning knock in the fifth and deciding match was particularly special and we’re happy to have someone in such strong form added to our ODI squad.”
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