In the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets to secure their place in the final frontier of the ongoing competition.
After winning the toss, Kane Williamson asked Pakistan to bowl first. The decision backfired as the Men in Green were all set to attack with the white ball. Shaheen Afridi, Shahdab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz were all in readiness to make Kiwi batters uncomfortable at the SCG. Moreover, Pakistan were also 100% in their fielding which led to restricting the Kiwis to just 152/4 in 20 overs.
Pakistan, while chasing, got a good opening partnership of 105 runs between Babar Azam (53) and Muhammad Rizwan (57). Captain Babar got his first half-century of the tournament and it couldn’t have come in any better situation. While the captain smashed seven fours, the wicketkeeper-batsman hit five fours as well. This opening partnership was enough for Pakistan to seal the game and book a place in the final. After losing both the openers, it was Mohammad Haris (30) who scored valuable runs to take Pakistan home. Shan Masood hit the winning runs in the 20th over to secure the match by seven wickets.
In the first innings, New Zealand had a forgetful opening partnership as both the batters struggled to middle the ball. It was Kane Williamson (46), who scored a decent amount of runs in the middle overs which helped the Kiwis to get to a respectable score. Along with him, Daryl Mitchell (53*) also contributed with an important half-century because of which New Zealand managed to reach 152/4 runs in 20 overs.
Shaheen Afridi claimed two wickets in the first innings and along with him, Mohammad Nawaz also got one wicket.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult scalped two wickets and Mitchell Santner plucked one while trying to defend the low score.
Mohammad Rizwan was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant batting performance. With this win, Pakistan have secured a place in the finals and will face the winners of the second semi-final match.
New Zealand: 152/4, Overs 20, Daryll Mitchell 53*, Shaheen Shah Afridi 2/24
Pakistan: 153/3, Overs 19.1, Muhammad Rizwan 57, Trent Boult 2/33