In the third match, the Green Shirts defeated New Zealand by 26 runs, marking their first victory over the Kiwis since 2011. They went on to win the remaining two matches, securing the top spot in the rankings.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Pakistani openers started slowly, scoring only 4 runs in the first 4 overs. Matt Henry took the wicket of Tom Blundell, caught behind the wickets, and the score was 37. Cole McConchie missed a difficult catch from Babar Azam (8) on the boundary before losing his balance. The skipper narrowly escaped being run out on 13, and both batsmen continued to push the score with a combination of defense and aggression. The host team completed their century in the 23rd over. The partnership of 108 runs for the second wicket ended when Matt Henry scattered the balls of Babar Azam (54) in the air. Ish Sodhi dropped a catch that gave him a chance, but Ish Sodhi was unsuccessful in stumping Abdullah Shafique on 16. The young batsman could not capitalize on the opportunity, and Tom Latham bowled him out for 19 runs. Imam-ul-Haq scored 90 runs before being bowled out by Adam Millan, and Pakistan reached 200 runs in the 40th over. Salman Ali Agha started aggressively, and when his score reached 29, Matt Henry unsuccessfully took a review for lbw. In the same over, Adam Milne was caught by Peer for 31 runs. Muhammad Rizwan (32) and Milne fell victim to McConchie’s combination, and in the end, Shadab Khan scored an aggressive 21 to help the team reach 287 for 6. Mohammad Nawaz remained not out on 11, while Matt Henry took 3 wickets and Adam Mullen took 2.
In response, Shaheen Shah Afridi took a review for lbw for Nam Blundle (1) in the third over of the Kiwis’ innings, but it failed. Daryl Mitchell (5) was dropped behind the wickets by Mohammad Rizwan on the ball of Mohammad Nawaz. Shadab Khan gave the batsman a second chance at 9, and the unlucky bowler was once again Mohammad Nawaz. Wasim bowled Daryl Mitchell (21), while Wasim Jr sent the pavilion with the help of Abdullah Shafiq. Mohammad Rizwan ran out Tom Blundell (65) on a throw from Wasim Jr, and Shadab Khan missed the opportunity to send Tom Latham (12) away in the same manner. As the pressure increased, the required run rate went above 7, and Mohammad Rizwan missed the opportunity to run out Mark Chapman (8). Matt Henry scored only one run and caught Abdullah Shafiq off Salman’s ball.