NZ vs PAK Tri-Series 2nd T20I Highlights: Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets – The Indian Express

  • October 8, 2022

New Zealand vs Pakistan Highlights: If it was bowlers who set the match for Pakistan, then their skipper Babar Azam (79 not out) finished things off as they defeated New Zealand by six wickets. Pakistan chased down the target in 18.2 overs. Earlier, Haris Rauf’s three wickets in the penultimate over derailed New Zealand’s momentum as they only managed to score 147/8. Rauf (3/28), Wasim (2/20), Nawaz (2/44) were excellent with the bowl for Pakistan.
Brief Scores
New Zealand: 147 for 8 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 36, Kane Williamson 31, Mark Chapman 32; Haris Rauf 3/38, Wasim jr 2/20, Nawaz 2/44)
Pakistan: 149 for 4 in 19.2 overs (Babar Azam 79 not out, Shadab Khan 34; Tickner 2/42, Boult 1/22)
 Highlights of PAK vs NZ from Christchurch are below.
“The bowlers did very well in the first six overs. As a captain I am very happy. We assessed the conditions and executed the plans. Shadab played very well and Nawaz’ knock was also worthy. Very happy to get some rest. Looking forward to the next game.”
“There were some good bits but we would like to get better in the next game. Pakistan were good with the bat and the ball, we failed to put a really good competitive total on the board. We didn’t think that this will be so wet with the temperatures being so cold here. It was not a surface where you could get easy rhythm. Even in the second innings, it wasn’t too easy. They were clinical in getting over the line, credit goes to Pakistan.”
‘We started well in the batting. Me and Rizwan planned to play the first six overs as some dew was around. We have a plan regarding Shadab, he has some nice skills. I decided to play all the way and Shadab would take the chances. We settled at the wicket and then I decided to play the anchor. There was some dew and the ball was coming in nicely. The spinners didn’t get too much help because of the dew.’
Pakistan win by 6 wickets with 10 balls to spare! Skipper Babar Azam is plays the captain’s knock with an unbeaten 79 off 53 balls. A clinical performance by Pakistan they are the team to watch out for in the T20 World Cup. One of the favourites, for sure. Babar Azam is also the player of the match!
Haider Ali follows the six with a boundary! Pakistan are now one hit away from win. Fuller delivery outside off, bangs it over extra cover boundary for four! One bounce and the ball crashes in the fence. Pakistan need three runs to win from 12 balls.
BOOM! Haider Ali hits a 98m six to start his innings. Gets a bumper on the stumps, widens his stance and hooks this over backward square. 
4 Stand and deliver from the Pakistan skipper! Gets on top of the bounce and drags it from outside off to pull towards the vacant deep midwicket fence! Brilliantly executed, gets his reward.
4 This time through the off side, he slaps it between cover and mid off.
Pakistan need 13 more runs to win from 14 balls.
Death bowling at its very best by Trent Boult. Nawaz departs for 16.  Boult hits the deck hard on good length and just outside the off stump. Extra bounce and pace on this occasion. Nawaz goes for the pull and gets a top edge high in the air. Conway calls for it and settles underneath the lights to take a good catch. Pakistan need 24 more runs to win from 18 balls. (PAK: 124/4)
Lucky, but Babar will take it. Short and slow outside-off, Babar goes for the pull shot but doesn’t control it. The ball takes the top-edge and goes over Conway for a boundary. Pakistan need 31 more runs to win from 30 balls. (PAK: 117/3)
Crunched by Nawaz! Short and wide from Neesham, easy picking for Nawaz, who flashes it behind the point for a boundary. Pakistan need 36 more runs to win from 36 balls. (PAK: 112/3)
The boundary brings up the 100 for Pakistan. Superb way for Nawaz to get off the mark! Just the delivery a new batsman would want to face too. (PAK: 102/3)
Shadab Khan departs for 34. That is a valuable knock from the Pakistan all-rounder. Slower ball, Shadab tries to back away and slice it behind point but he skies it. Simple catch for Tim Southee in the ring as Tickner gets his second wicket.(PAK: 98/3)
29th T20I fifty for Babar Azam. It came off 33 balls. Pakistan is cruising at the moment. Pakistan need 59 more runs to win from 54 balls. (PAK: 89/2)
Tossed up by Sodhi, Shadab sits on a knee, gets closer to the line of the ball and whacks it over long-on for a maximum. Incredible stroke play from Shadab Khan. Pakistan need 65 more runs to win from 60 balls. (PAK: 83/2)
Glenn Phillips is having a horrible day in the field. First, a dropped catch and now a midfield cost New Zealand a boundary. Sixteen runs came from Sodhi’s first over. Pakistan need 82 more runs to win from 72 balls. (PAK: 66/2)
Shadab slaps a slog sweep over the midwicket boundary for a maximum. (PAK:61/2)
Wayward start for Ish Sodhi. Strayed on the pads, a flipper. Babar easily worked away past the keeper to the fine leg fence off the backfoot. (PAK:55/2)
Cheeky from Babar. Cross seam from Neesham, Babar watches closely, opens the face of the bat at the very last moment and runs it down the third man rope for four runs. Pakistan need 98 more runs to win from 78 balls. (PAK: 50/2)
Shadab Khan, what a way to start the inning. Back of a length from Tickne, Shadab stands tall and punches from the crease, finds the middle of the bat and the gap through the cover point region for four runs. (PAK: 44/2)
New Zealand get another wicket. Tickner gets the wicket of Shaan Masood, who goes without scoring. Tickner hits the deck hard and extracts enough bounce and away movement to invite Masood on the front foot as the ball kisses the outside edge of the bat and straight in the gloves of Conway. (PAK: 37/2) 
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Cleaver, who made his international debut earlier this year, will join the squad assembled in Christchurch on Saturday ahead of the team’s first Tri-Series match against Pakistan at Hagley Oval. (Read More)

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