“DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand Clinches T20 Series with Commanding 32-Run Triumph Over UAE 🏏”

In a thrilling showdown, New Zealand seized the T20 series victory with a commanding 32-run triumph over the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Will Young and Mark Chapman showcased their mettle with impressive half-centuries, propelling the visitors to secure a resounding 2-1 lead in the series.

In the wake of their unexpected seven-wicket loss the previous day, New Zealand made strategic changes, and Will Young emerged as the standout performer, notching an outstanding 56. Mark Chapman continued his scintillating form, following up his previous half-century with another remarkable knock of 51. Together, their contributions fortified New Zealand’s innings, culminating in a formidable total of 166-5.

The UAE team struggled to establish any consistent momentum, faltering as early as the first over when their skipper, Muhammad Waseem (8), offered a catch to wicketkeeper Tim Seifert off the bowling of Ben Lister (3-35). The UAE’s batting line-up continued to waver, eventually reaching a score of 134-7.

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New Zealand, grappling with the challenges of navigating sluggish pitches and the absence of key T20 batters, persisted in their quest for dominance. Captain Tim Southee, who lost the toss for the third time in a row, found himself opting to bat first yet again.

During the batting powerplay, both Seifert (13) and Chad Bowes (9) fell prey to ambitious shots against the pace attack. However, it was the partnership between Young and Chapman that truly propelled New Zealand forward. The duo’s commanding 84-run stand for the third wicket spanned 10 overs, with Young’s boundary-laden innings, featuring seven fours and a six, being the highlight. Young’s innings concluded with a cleverly executed slower bouncer from seamer Junaid Siddique (3-26).

Chapman, equally in fine form, showcased his prowess with five fours and two sixes before departing while attempting a big hit against the right-arm seamer, caught at deep backward square leg. The final touches to New Zealand’s innings were added by Mitchell Santner, whose swift 20 not out off 11 balls, including a last-ball six, elevated the team’s total to the series’ highest.

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Facing a challenging target, the UAE experienced early setbacks, finding themselves struggling at 53-5 within the initial nine overs. Debutant legspinner Adithya Ashok’s composed and steady bowling impressed and left a lasting impact.

Although Aayan Afzal Khan’s valiant knock of 42 off 36 balls, paired with his partnership of 68 runs alongside Basil Hameed (24 not out), provided some semblance of resistance, the UAE’s pursuit of the required run rate remained an uphill battle.

In the closing moments, Ben Lister’s final over yielded crucial wickets, including the dismissal of Khan, caught at mid-off. Notably, New Zealand had previously secured victory in the series opener by a margin of 19 runs.