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Finn Allen scripts history during New Zealand's third T20I against Pakistan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 January 2024, 11:34 IST
Finn Allen ((Photo: Blackcapsnz/Instagram))

Dunedin [New Zealand]:

  • Finn Allen's record-breaking innings (137 off 62 balls) in the third T20I makes him New Zealand's highest scorer in men's T20Is
  • Allen's knock includes a staggering 16 sixes, surpassing Brendon McCullum's previous record
  • The innings raises doubts for Pakistan as New Zealand sets a challenging total of 224-7
  • Post-match, Allen reveals a pre-game deal with Shaheen Afridi and shares banter about a delivery.
  • His favourite six is identified as one over covers in Rauf's over
  • Pakistan falls short in the chase, scoring 179/7, resulting in a 45-run victory for New Zealand

New Zealand Finn Allen achieved a record feat during the Kiwis' third T20I encounter against Pakistan on Wednesday at the University Oval.

Allen's hard-hitting knock of 137 off 62 deliveries made him the Blackcaps' highest scorer in the men's T20I.

His record-breaking knock was laced with 16 sixes during the mayhem he caused with his bat, hammering Pakistan bowlers all over the ground.

In men's cricket, he surpassed the previous record held by Brendon McCullum's knock of 123 against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2012.

Overall, Suzie Bates held the record for most runs scored by a New Zealand cricketer 124* against South Africa in Taunton. Allen's onslaught put doubts in Pakistan skipper Shaheen Afridi's mind following his decision to field after winning the toss.

After the mid-innings, Allen talked about the conversation he had with Shaheen during his knock and his favourite six among the 16 that he struck during his knock.

"Competitive total for the boys, feels good. Wanted to keep it nice and simple, stay deep in the crease and hit through the line. (In conversation with Shaheen) We had a deal before that he wouldn't bowl me any bumpers, he bowled me a bumper so was just having some banter with him. (Favorite six) One of Rauf over covers," Allen said.

New Zealand ended up with a total of 224-7.

In reply, Pakistan made 179/7 and ended up losing the game by 45 runs.

(With ANI inputs)

First published: 17 January 2024, 11:30 IST