Chasing 174 for victory, wicket-keeper-batsman and new Test captain Mohammad Rizwan lead the way by belting 89 from 59 balls to get his side all but over the line, as he fell in the final over with four runs still needed for victory.
Tim Seifert was declared the PSO Carient Player of the Series for his scores of 57, 84*, 35, as the BLACKCAPS kept the series silverware despite losing the third match.
Earlier, Devon Conway anchored the home side's batting effort with 63 off 45 as Pakistan's bowlers produced their best performance of the tour so far.
With Martin Guptill (split-finger) and Ish Sodhi (left-hamstring) both leaving the field indefinitely in the fileding innninngs, Daryl Mitchell came on and made a huge impact with three catches including an early contender for catch of the season.
IS THAT THE CATCH OF THE SUMMER?— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 22, 2020
Daryl Mitchell is on as sub-fielder for one ball and takes this special grab to remove Pakistan opener Haider Ali.
Catch the run-chase live pic.twitter.com/fJqbirs0Hu
The Test teams assemble in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to prepare for the Boxing Day Test at Bay Oval.
As it happened...
50th T20I match for @ish_sodhi tonight, Tim Southee on presenting duties in the huddle 👍🏽— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
T20I 3️⃣ 🇳🇿 vs 🇵🇰 | 7pm NZT live on
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TOSS NEWS: @TheRealPCB win a third toss! They decide to bowl first tonight 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
Same team for NZ 👍🏽
T20I 3️⃣ 🇳🇿 vs 🇵🇰 | 7pm NZT live on
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"He hits a home run" - @sparknzsport's @sumostevenson goes cross-code for this early 6️⃣ from Tim Seifert!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
Catch the LIVE coverage at ⬇️ https://t.co/jRVPglfns1#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/Yrw1oIYNXC
Never like losing the skipper 🥺— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
Some tight bowling from @TheRealPCB in the first 10 overs, Faheem Ashraf particularly effective with 2 wickets 👍🏽 Phillips & Conway looking to build a partnership
🇳🇿 76/3 | 10 overs
LIVE 📝 | https://t.co/FSWcua2ezX#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/TaR8Ky5Adh
51-run partnership from Conway and Phillips before Phillips (31 off 20 balls) skies one off Shaheen Shah Afridi. @cricketwgtninc team-mates Conway and Neesham now in combo 👏🏽— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
🇳🇿 128/4 | 16 overs #NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/13XYvcRVV2
INNINGS COMPLETE here at McLean Park and Devon Conway's 63 off 45 balls was the headline act! Solid total to bowl at after a short break 🏏— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
🇳🇿 173/7 | 20 overs#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/ZnwvqChVo2
A bit of football in amongst the cricket tonight! Boult, Southee & Jamieson start solidly with ball in hand, Rizwan & Haider equally so with the bat 👏🏽— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
GAME ON against @TheRealPCB 🏏
🇵🇰 38/0 | 5 overs #NZvPAK #CricketNation @PhotosportNZ with some superb snaps as per! pic.twitter.com/UEXVsi9uer
Another look at that SUPER CATCH from Daryl Mitchell!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
Chase is on here at McLean Park, @TheRealPCB 70/1 after nine overs. Guptill (finger) & Sodhi (hamstring) off the field at present for the home side. Astle and Mitchell on 🏏#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/EKid733PHr
Hafeez (32*) is at it again! This time he's joined by Rizwan (49*) and the pair have put on 50 together.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
This one's going down to the wire @TheRealPCB! #NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/3l71crXTHh
Well played @TheRealPCB too good tonight led by the big hitting Mohammad Rizwan's 89. A four wicket victory at McLean Park to finish the T20I series 2-1.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
Now we look forward to the Tests! 🏏#NZvPAK #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/1i7GlybLxG