UAE 144 for 3 (Waseem 55, Asif 48*, Santner 1-26) beat New Zealand 142 for 8 (Chapman 63, Aayan 3-20, Jawadullah 2-16) by seven wickets
A first T20I win in Dubai in their eighth attempt. A first win in any format over New Zealand in their third attempt. It was a day of historic firsts for UAE as they put on a stellar show to ease past New Zealand in the second T20I by seven wickets and level the three-match series 1-1.
For New Zealand, it was their first loss in 39 matches against a non-Test playing nation across formats.
The win was set up by 17-year-old Aayan Afzal Khan, who returned career-best figures of 3 for 20 to help UAE restrict New Zealand to 142 for 8. That the visitors reached there was down to Mark Chapman’s 46-ball 63 as only two other New Zealand batters got into the double-digits.
Muhammad Waseem then made sure UAE did not repeat the mistakes from the first T20I as he got the side off to a flyer, smoking a 29-ball 55. Asif Khan and Basil Hameed then kept their head to take UAE over the line with 26 balls to spare.
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