Watch: Mark Chapman’s Thrilling 87* Amid Three Dropped Catches

In a breathtaking showdown between Pakistan and New Zealand in Rawalpindi on Sunday (April 21), Mark Chapman emerged as the hero of the day despite facing three dropped catches. The left-handed batter’s unbeaten 87 off 42 balls at a staggering strike rate of 207.14, featuring four sixes and nine boundaries, propelled New Zealand to a commanding position.

Chapman’s stellar performance was marked by his partnership with Dean Foxcroft, which yielded a formidable 117 runs for the third wicket. However, his journey to dominance was riddled with missed opportunities for the Pakistani fielders.

The first of Chapman’s escapes occurred during the ninth over of New Zealand’s chase. As Shadab Khan delivered a full-length ball, Chapman, then at 16 runs off 9 balls, attempted a shot towards backward square leg but mistimed it, resulting in a top edge. Naseem, stationed at fine leg, lunged for the ball but failed to secure it despite getting a hand on it.

Despite facing early challenges, Chapman’s resilience and skill shone through, leaving an indelible mark on the match. His ability to capitalize on the dropped chances not only propelled New Zealand’s innings but also showcased his prowess under pressure.

New Zealand’s captain, Michael Bracewell, had won the toss and elected to bowl first in Rawalpindi, setting the stage for an electrifying encounter. Chapman’s remarkable innings, coupled with the dramatic turn of events, made the third T20I a gripping spectacle for cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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