The ongoing Pakistan tour of New Zealand has been tough on the Asian side. The visitors bowled first in the first three games and were belted for more than 220 runs twice. Apart from this, their batting has also failed apart from a few individual performances. For the first time in the series, the former T20 World Cup winners were asked to bat first as they lost the toss.
During the game, the visitors managed only 158/5 with Mohammad Rizwan scoring 90 not out. Apart from this, Mohammad Nazwa (21*) played a cameo. The other batters failed to deliver with Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson taking two wickets each. Adam Milne chipped in with a wicket too. During the chase, the home team lost three wickets for 20 runs.
The likes of Daryl Mitchell (72*) and Glenn Phillips (70*) put together an unbeaten 139 runs to win the game for the side by seven wickets and 11 balls left. Meanwhile, during the chase, a Pakistani fan displayed a placard of Imran Khan, the 1992 World Cup-winning captain and currently a politician with the Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaaf (PTI). In reply, Pakistan's state run broadcaster, Pakistan Television (PTV) halted the broadcast for some time.
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A fan waved a picture of Imran Khan During the match and PTV Sports stopped the live broadcastpic.twitter.com/ARLsWoSTve— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) January 19, 2024
Imran Khan was arrested last year
The cricketer-turned-politician was arrested last year for failing to declare the proceeds of state gifts to the Election Commission of Pakistan.
"The government and its backers are petrified of elections because so far in the last eight months, out of the 37 by elections, my party has won 30 out of them," Imran told Al Jazeera in March.
"They want to either arrest or disqualify me because they are scared [of the fact] that my party is one of the most popular in Pakistan's history," he said then, as attempts to arrest him from his residence in Lahore were underway.