Muhammad Amir returned for his first international game today after serving a jail term and a five-year ban for spot fixing. There had been much drama about Amir's comeback as many saw him unfit to represent the Pakistan team on an international stage ever again. Some prominent personalities like Rameez Raja, Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez were initially against Amirs' return into the team. But after much controversy, he was finally added into the team that was to face New Zealand in the first T20, and rightly so.

Amir had already impressed critics with his performances in the Bangladesh Premier League. He bowled some match winning spells for his team Chittagong Vikings where he dismissed both Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq. The 23 year old started for Pakistan today and received mixed responses from the crowd. There most definitely were instances in the match when the crowd could be heard booing Amir. But they cheered him on as well when he picked up a wicket and many people could also be seen in the crowd holding up signs of support for the young man. The wicket he picked up was of New Zealand's Matt Henry. He bowled a low full toss and Henry hit the ball straight at Shahid Afridi, another star player for today's game. Afridi managed to score 23 runs off only 8 deliveries, an innings that helped Pakistan, along with Hafeez’s staggering 61 runs, to reach a big total of 171 in twenty overs.

Afridi has also been in and out of the spotlight in recent times. From his consecutive disappointing performances for the Pakistan team to his recent interview that managed to get a lot of media attention, Afridi has been both the villain and the hero for the Pakistani people. Today, he was the latter. Not only was his batting performance one that dramatically improved Pakistan's chances of winning, but his performances with the ball and on the field were also quite remarkable. No wonder the player of the match award was given to him. Afridi, along with Imad Wasim, provided a spin attack that the opponents were not able to deal with. Afridi picked up two important wickets of George Elliot and Luke Ronchi in critical moments of the match while Wasim managed to pick up one.

But it was Pakistans pace bowling that was the real weapon for the team as all three fast bowlers managed to pick up important wickets with the star being Wahab Riaz. Wahab bowled 4 overs, and picked up 3 wickets with an economy of only 8.50. He was also the bowler of the last over of the game, and it was due to his fierce spell that Pakistan was able to win the game. Umar Gul picked up two wickets while Amir picked up one.