New Zealand was left to rue a middle-order collapse that derailed its chase against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International here on Wednesday night.
However, after his dismissal, New Zealand was reduced to 89/4. Ross Taylor kept up the fight at one end, and ensured the chase went down to the wire, even as wickets fell at the other end.
New Zealand needed six off the final ball to take the match into a Super Over. Taylor managed just four, off Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Pakistan won a thriller by two runs.
Munro said the Pakistan bowlers deserved the win. “I lost my wicket and then Kane got out, sort of like a bang-bang, and after the Power play, their spinners came on and squeezed,” he said. “You’ve got to give them credit.
“They bowled really well, they know these conditions really well and it suited them a little bit tonight, and we just got outplayed, I reckon.
“It was a pretty even game and we didn’t really lose our way anywhere, I don’t think. They just bowled really well, and we just couldn’t capitalise through the middle there.”