Napier, December 22
Pakistan captain Shadab Khan won the toss and chose to bowl in the third T20 International against hosts New Zealand at McLean Park on Tuesday.
Shadab also won the toss in the first and second matches of the series and batted.
The tactic wasn’t successful; New Zealand holds an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after winning the first match by five wickets and the second by nine wickets.
New Zealand named the same line-up that won the second match of the series at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Pakistan made three changes, bringing in Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Hasnain in the hope of improving their performance.
McLean Park produces high-scoring matches and New Zealand was eager to bat first to set a challenging total.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson (captain), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
Pakistan: Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi. AP