Sharjah: Pakistan in another blockbuster match of World Cup T20 super 12 round defeated New Zealand by five wickets.
Pakistan chased the target in 18..4 overs while eight balls to spare.
Haris Rauf bowled at blistering pace, taking four important wickets to keep the Black Caps at bay. New Zealand scored a mediocre 134runs from their 20 overs owing to wickets taken frequently by Rauf.
Asif Ali also did not disappoint, on a day when Babar Azam played haplessly and Rizwan was unable to see the team through to a comfortable position.
Asif came at a time when Pakistan were under pressure, and did everything to relieve that pressure by hitting a couple of quality sixes.
Asif hit three sixes to score a quickfire 27 runs off 12 deliveries.
Here are some tweets that celebrated the two cricketers, who turned into heroes overnight for millions of Pakistanis across the globe:
Ammar Ali Jan said it best: “Revenge of the hated.”
Pakistan thrashed New Zealand in the second-last over, completing their second win in the T20 World Cup.
The Men in Green are now placed at the top of the table, with India, New Zealand, Namibia and Afghanistan trailing the green shirts.
Earlier, New Zealand had Set 135 Runs Target to Pakistan To Win. Pakistan, had won the toss and elected to field first.
Pakistan’s Harris Rauf picked four wickets and he was given man of the match for this splendid bowling.
Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam won the toss and invited New Zea Land captain Williamson to bat first.
Batting first Kivis could score 134 runs while losing eight wickets while Pakistani bowlers like playing against India, today as well had gripped the match and New Zealand batsman could not get space of scoring runs freely.
New Zealand started their innings against Pakistan cautiously, but ended up losing four wickets to Pakistan before hitting three figures.
Martin Guptill, Daryll Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham headed to the pavilion after being dismissed by Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez respectively.
After 10 overs, New Zealand had already lost three wickets to Pakistan’s bowling attack.
Earlier, the Kiwis made a cautious start by holding off Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim, as both Pakistani bowlers kept their line and length.
However, a blistering delivery by Haris Rauf caught Martin Guptill unawares, and shattered his stumps.
“We are going to bowl first,” said skipper Babar Azam at the toss. “We will take early wickets and put pressure on them. The second reason is the dew factor [so the team may want to capitalise on it],” he said.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said he would like his team to adopt to the circumstances in Sharjah.
Pakistan will have revenge on their mind for a recent off-field snub when they take on New Zealand in the T20 World Cup here on today , looking to build on the historic high of beating arch-rivals India in their tournament opener.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Harris Rauf, Shaeen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohamed Nawaz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Wasim, Sohaib