Sharjah. Pakistan’s impressive performance continues in the T20 World Cup 2021. The team registered its second consecutive win in the tournament. The team defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets in a match (New Zealand vs Pakistan). Playing first, New Zealand scored 134 runs for 8 wickets. In reply, Pakistan achieved the target for 5 wickets in 18.4 overs. Fast bowler Haris Rauf took 4 wickets while bowling brilliantly. Pakistan had defeated Team India by 10 wickets in the first match.
Chasing the target, the Pakistan team did not lose a wicket in the first 5 overs and the score was 28 runs. Babar Azam (9) was bowled by Tim Southee on the first ball of the sixth over. With this, his 100 wickets in T20 Internationals were also completed. After this, Fakhar Zaman (11) did not appear in the rhythm. He faced 17 balls. He was dismissed by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi. Mohammad Hafeez (11) showed good hands by hitting a six. But Devon Conway caught his brilliant catch and got the team back in the match.
Rizwan could not play big innings
Opener batsman Mohammad Rizwan was dismissed by Ish Sodhi after scoring 33 runs. He faced 34 balls and hit 5 fours. Imad Wasim was dismissed for 11 runs off Bolt’s ball. The team had to score 44 runs in the last 5 overs. In the 16th over, Sedhi gave away only 7 runs. Tim Southee gave 13 runs in the 17th over. Asif hit 2 sixes. In this way, Pakistan had to score 24 runs in 3 overs.
Malik and Asif Ali share a good partnership
Shoaib Malik scored 27 not out and Asif Ali scored 27 not out and confirmed the team’s victory. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner conceded 15 runs in the 18th over. Malik hit a four and a six in the over. Malik made 27 off 20 balls while Asif scored 27 runs in 12 balls. Both shared an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs off 23 balls. With the victory, Pakistan’s team has again reached the top of the group.
Haris Rauf took 4 wickets
Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and decided to bowl. New Zealand’s openers added 36 runs for the first wicket. Martil Guptill was bowled by fast bowler Haris Rauf after scoring 17 runs. Darley Mitchell scored 27 runs. The team’s score was 90 runs for 3 wickets at one time. But after that no batsman could play sustainably. Devon Conway scored 27 and captain Kane Williamson scored 25 runs. The team could score only 44 runs in the last 7 overs. The team scored 134 runs for 8 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. Rauf took 4 wickets for 22 runs.