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Wednesday November 09, 2022

New Zealand Set 153 Runs Target For Pakistan In First Semi Final Of T-20 World Cup

Sydney: New Zealand have set 153 runs target for Pakistan in the first semi final of T-20 world cup at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)

Daryl Mitchell’s half-century helped New Zealand set a 153-run target for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup semi-final.

Earlier, New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Pakistan were off to a flying start after Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed the explosive Fin Allen on the third ball of the innings to leave New Zealand 4/1.

The wicket brought Kane Williamson to the crease and forced New Zealand to be cautious in the powerplay.

Tight overs from Naseem Shah, Shaheen, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr further racked up the pressure on the Blackcaps.

Matters turned worse for New Zealand after they lost opener Devon Conway from the last ball of the powerplay to end the first six at 38/2.

After the end of the powerplay, Babar introduced spin into the game and it proved fruitful, as Mohammad Nawaz dismissed Glen Phillips in the eighth over to further dent New Zealand’s scoreboard.

From then on, the 68-run partnership between Williamson and Daryl Mitchell made it look like New Zealand would post a competitive target for Pakistan.

The partnership broke after Shaheen’s dismissed Williamson in the 17th over.

However, Mitchell along with James Neesham did not let the dismissal stop New Zealand’s attack as the Black Caps ended the innings with 152/4.

For New Zealand, Mitchell was the highest scorer and remained unbeaten for 53. 

This is the fourth time that the Men in Green and the Blackcaps are seeing each other in a world cup semi-final. 

The two sides have clashed six times in the T20 World Cup history, so far, and Pakistan triumphed in four matches, while New Zealand has managed to win two.

The 2009 champions had a heartbreaking start to their campaign when they lost a last-ball thriller to arch-rivals India, and then suffered a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in the next match.

Babar Azam’s team won a do-or-die clash against Bangladesh to enter the final four

The Black Caps, who are yet to win a T20 world cup, had a resounding start to the tournament with an 89-run thrashing of Australia, setting the tone for their campaign so far.

It will be the Men in Green’s second appearance at the venue in the ongoing event, having defeated South Africa by 33 runs in the rain-affected Super 12 stages clash on November 3.

Babar Azam’s team won a do-or-die clash against Bangladesh to enter the final four.

The Black Caps, who are yet to win a T20 world cup, had a resounding start to the tournament with an 89-run thrashing of Australia, setting the tone for their campaign so far.

It will be the Men in Green’s second appearance at the venue in the ongoing event, having defeated South Africa by 33 runs in the rain-affected Super 12 stages clash on November 3.

Sydney Cricket Ground is unique among Australian venues as it does not provide excessive bounce and is always spinner-friendly, particularly for leg-break spinners.

So far, the iconic venue has hosted a total of 18 T20I matches, with an average first-innings score of 166 and an average second-innings score of 132.

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