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Pakistan vs New Zealand Match Report NSW School
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Pakistan vs New Zealand Match Report

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and opted to field first against New Zealand. 

Pakistan won a nervy thriller in Sharjah as they successfully chased down 135 to beat New Zealand by five wickets.

The ball was on top for much of the match, and New Zealand looked to be heading to a win in their first game of the tournament when wickets tumbled through the middle overs, including one to an outrageous catch from Devon Conway.

Run-scoring at Sharjah has become relatively easier if the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh and Afghanistan-Scotland games are anything to go by. With dew coming in during the second half, whoever wins the toss would prefer to chase, as Azam has.

While Pakistan have already made a great start to the Super 12 with the win over India, this will be New Zealand’s first game in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

In reply the Pakistan openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan picked up where they left off against India, controlling the Powerplay and seemingly cruising the chase.

But Tim Southee gave New Zealand a sniff when he bowled the Pakistan captain for nine.

Zaman’s scratchy innings came to a close with 11 off 17 when he was trapped in-front by Ish Sodhi.

There was still a lot for the Kiwis to do, and a dangerous Mohammad Hafeez looked intent on getting the chase over in a hurry as he raced to 11 off just five balls. But the match swung when Hafeez lofted his sixth ball to the long-off boundary where he was sensationally caught by a diving Conway in the catch of the tournament so far.

Pakistan’s chances of victory took a further substantial blow when Rizwan fell to Sodhi with the target still 66 runs away and with the top four all back in the hutch.

But Pakistan lit it up at the back end of the innings, with Ali particularly ferocious, slamming three sixes in his 27 off just 12 balls

Malik finished with a similarly crucial 27 (20), but it was his partner who hit the winning runs, banging his third six over wide long-on off Trent Boult before rolling a two to a similar area to seal the win in the penultimate over.

The result sends Pakistan back above Afghanistan to the top of Group 2 with two wins from two matches.

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