Pak vs NZ: Abbas Afridi ruled out of third T20I


Pakistan pacer Abbas Afridi has been ruled out of the 3rd T20I against New Zealand due to discomfort from a low-grade abdominal wall muscle strain.

In a statement, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that fast bowler s scan showed no sign of significant injury, and “he will be managed symptomatically”.

“Abbas Afridi’s availability for the last two games will be made at a later stage,” it added.

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 21 runs in the second Twenty20 international to take a 2-0 series lead.

The match bore similarities to New Zealand s 46-run win in the opening match in Auckland on Friday, with another aggressive batting approach led from the top by Finn Allen.

His 70 off 41 balls continued a run of form which the hard-hitting opener attributed to a change of approach.

Pakistan captain Shaheen Shah Afridi said he and the rest of his attack didn t bowl well enough to capitalise on winning the toss.

“To be honest, bowling first is always tricky. You can try to go for swing to get wickets, but we didn t get any. Had we got early wickets, we could have kept them down to around 170, “said Shaheen Shah Afridi after Pakistan s loss in 2nd T20I.

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