Pakistan win on Amir's return

Mohammad Amir made a low-key return to international cricket as Pakistan began their Twenty20 series against New Zealand with a 16-run win in Auckland.

Amir was playing for the first time since his five-year ban for spot-fixing and claimed a wicket as the Black Caps were bowled out for 155.

Wahab Riaz was the pick of the Pakistan attack, claiming 3-34, while Amir removed eighth man out Matt Henry as the Black Caps collapsed towards defeat.

Pakistan earlier set a target of 171 for eight after Mohammad Hafeez’s 61 from 47 balls at the top of the order while Shahid Afridi clubbed 23 from eight balls. Adam Milne took 4-37.

Pakistan's players huddle before their bowling effort against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland

New Zealand made an uncertain start but their chase began to gather pace on the back of Colin Munro, who clubbed six sixes on his way to a 27-ball 60.

The left-hander’s exit at the end of the 10th over, when bowled by Wahab, prompted a collapse of five for 19 to turn the game Pakistan’s way.

Wahab fittingly confirmed victory as Amir ended with figures of 1-31 from four overs.

The left-armer, who is now 23, was banned by the International Cricket Council after he was found guilty of bowling no-balls to order during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010. Amir also served three months of a six-month jail sentence.

Source: ECB

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