DailyTimes | Afridi, Hafeez shine as Pakistan beat New Zealand in first T20

Afridi, Hafeez shine as Pakistan beat New Zealand in first T20

Afridi, Hafeez shine as Pakistan beat New Zealand in first T20

AUCKLAND - Mohammad Amir's return to international cricket was momentous and mediocre as the convicted spot-fixer participated in Pakistan’s 16-run win over New Zealand in a Twenty20 on Friday.

Amir brought to an end a five-year exile from international cricket when he took to the field at Eden Park in the first match of Pakistan’s three-match series.

He was the only man not to bat in Pakistan’s innings of 171-8, after it batted on losing the toss, and he took 1-31 from his four overs, opening the bowling as Pakistan dismissed New Zealand for 155 in reply.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez top-scored with 61 from 47 balls in Pakistan's competitive innings, but captain Shahid Afridi was his team's match-winner, scoring 23, taking 2-26, and claiming three catches and a run-out.