Who would have imagined? Pakistan are the first team to reach the finals after appearing to be virtually eliminated.
After being dreadfully out of form, Babar and Rizwan finally found their shape to clinch a spot in the finals. They have defeated Kane’s New Zealand, and the pleasant guys are packing their belongings to return home.
After losing the toss, Pakistan was requested to bowl first, and they couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Pacer Shaheen made the breakthrough with his third ball in his maiden over. Conway escalated the onslaught.
At the end of the powerplay, Pakistan’s vice-captain hit the target to dismiss Conway, and Glenn was dismissed in the next two overs. Kane was stranded at one end, and Mitchell joined him.
Pakistan attempted to bowl out their spinners, but it backfired as Mitchell took command of the situation and scored fast. The pair put on a 50-run stand, but Shaheen struck in his last over when Kane was at 46 from 42 deliveries.
Mithcell and Neesham were unable to finish aggressively because the death overs were won by the seamers. They finished with 152 runs, with Mithcell leading the way with 53. Pakistan got off to a great start, with the wind blowing in their favor.
Conway dropped Babar with his first ball, and the game was over. Babar and Rizwan did not look back as they recorded their EIGHT 100-run stand in T20 internationals, a significant boost for Pakistan.
With prodigy child Harris batting with Rizwan, the equation was reduced to 21 off the last three. Following Rizan’s departure, Shan and Harris provided the finishing touches as Pakistan defeated New Zealand to advance to the finals.
Agony, yet again for Kiwis
Another heartbreaking story for New Zealand in an ICC knockout game, but it just didn’t appear to be their day as everything seemed to be going their way. Rizwan and Babar will be licking their lips to face arch-rivals India in the finals after hitting form at the perfect time.