Pakistan vs New Zealand Group 2 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup October 26 Sharjah Match Report 2021

Haris Rauf claimed 4/22, and a late blitz from Asif Ali helped Pakistan register their second successive win as they defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets in Sharjah on Tuesday.

After being asked to bat first by Pakistan skipper, Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell got New Zealand off to a steady start.

The pair added 36 runs for the opening wicket before the former was bowled by Rauf for 17.

Imad Wasim then got into the act by dismissing Mitchell caught at long on.

James Neesham (1) who was promoted up the order fell to Mohammad Hafeez’s first delivery, caught at midwicket leaving New Zealand in a spot of bother at 56/3.

Conway provided the momentum in Black Caps favour by smashing Shadab Khan for three successive fours. However Hasan Ali dealt a massive blow by running out skipper Williamson with a direct hit for 25.

Rauf then pegged New Zealand back with wickets of Conway and Glenn Phillips in the same over. Tim Seifert (8) became Shaheen Afridi’s first victim, as New Zealand ended up with 134/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
Haris Rauf was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with figures of 4/22.

Chasing 135, Pakistan lost the in form Babar Azam early bowled by Tim Southee early for 9, giving the Kiwi skipper his 100 T20I scalps.

Ish Sodhi after being hit for a huge six by Fakhar Zaman, took his revenge by trapping the left hander leg before wicket.

Mohammad Hafeez joined in and lofted James Neesham for a maximum over extra cover. However the veteran perished to an outstanding catch by Devon Conway off Santner for 11.

Sodhi then brought New Zealand back into the contest by dismissing the well set Rizwan (33) leg before wicket with a straight delivery.

Trent Boult dealt Pakistan with another blow by trapping Imad Wasim (11) in front of the stumps, leaving them in trouble at 87/5.

The duo of Asif Ali (27* off 12) and Shoaib Malik (26* off 20) shared an unbeaten 48 run stand for the sixth wicket as Pakistan chased down the target with eight balls to spare.

Haris Rauf was declared the Man of the Match.

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