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Fast bowler Haris Rauf helps high-flying Pakistan beat New Zealand in World Cup 2021 – Latest Cricket News


A career-best bowling performance by pacer Haris Rauf helped Pakistan register their second successive win by defeating New Zealand by five wickets in Group II of the Super 12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup on Tuesday. Chasing New Zealand’s target of 135, Pakistan registered a victory at 135 for five with eight balls to spare. Openers Mohammad Rizwan (33), veteran Shoaib Malik (26 not out in 20 balls) and Asif Ali (27 not out off 12 balls) played a key role in taking the team to the target. Malik and Asif shared an unbroken 48-run partnership in 3.5 overs in extreme conditions. Asif hit one four and three sixes while Malik hit two fours and a six.

In front of the stormy bowling of Rauf (4 for 22), New Zealand’s team could only score 134 runs for eight wickets. Spinners Imad Wasim (1 for 24) and Mohammad Hafeez (1 for 16) and pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi (1 for 21) also supported Rauf. New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals and none of their batsmen could keep up. Openers Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway were the team’s top scorers with 27 runs each, while captain Kane Williamson contributed 25 runs. The start of Pakistan was slow to reach the target. The team scored 30 runs in the powerplay and lost the wicket of captain Babar Azam (09) who was bowled by Tim Southee.

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Rizwan, who scored an unbeaten half-century in the first match against India, was once again in good spirits. Apart from hitting two fours on Trent Boult (one wicket for 29 runs), he also saw the ball of Southee (one wicket for 25 runs) for the boundary. However, Fakhar Zaman (11) was finding it difficult to bat. He tried to ease the pressure with a six on Ish Sodhi (2 for 28), but was dismissed lbw off the same leg-spinner. Hafeez (11) took the team’s score past 50 runs in the 10th over with a six off James Neesham in the very first ball, but Conway was caught by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (one wicket for 33 runs) in the next over. Happened.

Sodhi then lbw Rizwan to Pakistan’s score of 69 for four. In the middle overs, the Pakistan batsmen had to struggle to hit boundaries. Imad Wasim (11) hit Boult for a boundary but was lbw off the next ball. Pakistan needed 44 runs to win in the last five overs. The veteran Malik stood at one end. Asif Ali bridged the gap between run and ball with two consecutive sixes off Southee. Malik scored a four on Santner in the 18th over and then scored 15 runs including a six to turn the match in Pakistan’s favor. The team needed nine runs in the last two overs, Asif gave the team victory with a six and then two runs off Boult.

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Earlier, Pakistan decided to bowl first after which Martin Guptill (17) and Mitchell (27), opening the innings for the first time in any format, gave New Zealand a cautious start. Guptill hit fours in successive overs off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim. Mitchell welcomes Hasan Ali for a six but Rauf bowls Guptill. New Zealand scored 42 runs in one wicket in the power play. Mitchell hit his second six on Wasim to complete the team’s half-century in the ninth over but in an attempt to repeat the same shot on the next ball, he was caught by Fakhar Zaman at long on. He faced 20 balls and hit two sixes and a four.

In the next over, Hafeez took James Neesham (01) at the hands of Fakhar to make New Zealand 56 for three. In the middle overs, Williamson tried to increase the run rate by hitting fours and sixes in successive deliveries from Hafeez as Pakistani bowlers dominated. Devon Conway also hit leg-spinner Shadab Khan for three consecutive fours. New Zealand suffered a major setback in the next over when Williamson was run out. He hit two fours and a six in his 26-ball innings. New Zealand’s 100 runs were completed in the 15th over. Rauf returned to the bowling, sending Conway (27) and Glenn Phillips (13) to the pavilion within three balls to break New Zealand’s hopes of reaching the big score.

Conway faced 24 balls and hit three fours. Shaheen got Tim Seifert (08) caught by Hafeez while Rauf got the fourth wicket by bowling Mitchell Santner (06) in the last over. New Zealand’s team could only add 44 runs in the last seven overs. New Zealand suffered a pre-match setback when in-form fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was ruled out of the tournament with a ‘grade II’ injury to his right calf.

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