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Pakistan’s second win in a row, New Zealand ravaged by Rauf’s storm, defeated by 5 wickets

Pakistan's second win in a row, New Zealand ravaged by Rauf's storm, defeated by 5 wickets

Malik and Asif shared an unbroken partnership of 48 runs in 3.5 overs in extreme conditions. Asif hit a four and three sixes on his innings, while Malik hit two fours and a six. Facing stormy Rauf bowling (4 of 22), the New Zealand team was only able to score 134 runs for eight wickets. Spinners Imad Wasim (1 of 24) and Mohammad Hafeez (1 of 16) and pacemaker Shaheen Shah Afridi (1 of 21) also supported Rauf well.

At the same time, New Zealand lost ground at regular intervals and none of its hitters were able to play. Starters Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway were the team’s top scorers with 27 runs each, while captain Kane Williamson contributed 25 runs. At the same time, Pakistan’s start was slow. The team scored 30 runs on the power play and lost the wicket to captain Babar Azam (09) who was thrown by Tim Southee.

Rizwan, who went undefeated for half a century in their opener against India, was back in good spirits. In addition to hitting two fours on Trent Boult (a 29-run wicket), he also saw Southee’s ball (a 25-run wicket) for the limit. However, Fakhar Zaman (11) was having trouble hitting. He tried to ease the pressure with a six on Ish Sodhi (2 of 28), but was caught by the same leg. Hafeez (11) took the team’s score past 50 runs on the 10th lap on a James Neesham six on the first ball, but left arm spinner Mitchell Santner (a window for 33 runs) received a brilliant catch from Conway in the next. finished.

After this, Sodhi made the Rizwan stage before Pakistan’s score of 69 by four. In between, the Pakistani hitters had to fight to break the limits. Although Imad Wasim (11) hit Boult for a four but got a leg before the next ball. Pakistan needed 44 runs to win in the last five overs. Veteran Malik was standing at one end. Asif Ali closed the gap between run and ball with two straight sixes against Southee. In the 18th, Malik scored 15 runs, including a four over Santner, and then switched the game in favor of Pakistan. The team needed nine runs in the last two races, Asif gave Boult a six and then beat the team with two runs.

Earlier, Pakistan decided to pitch first, after which Martin Guptill (17) and Mitchell (27), opening innings for the first time in any format, gave New Zealand a cautious start. Guptill hit four in successive overs off left-hander Imad Wasim. Mitchell welcomes Hasan Ali with a six, but Rauf throws Guptill. New Zealand scored 42 for a wicket on the power play. Mitchell, hitting his second six at Wasim, completed the team’s half-century in the ninth plus, but in an attempt to repeat the same shot on the next ball, he was caught by Fakhar Zaman in a long time. He hit two sixes and one four while facing 20 balls.

Hafeez caught James Neesham (01) in the next over at the hands of Fakhar to cut New Zealand’s score to 56 from three. Amid the dominance of Pakistani bowlers in the middle, Williamson attempted to increase runs by hitting four and six on successive Hafeez deliveries. Devon Conway also hit Shadab Khan for three straight fours. New Zealand suffered a major setback in the next over when Williamson sold out. He hit two fours and six on his 26-ball innings. All 100 New Zealand races were completed in the 15th. Rauf returned to bowling, sending Conway (27) and Glenn Phillips (13) into the three-ball pavilion to break New Zealand’s hopes of reaching the big score. Conway faced 24 balls and hit three fours.

Shaheen managed to catch Tim Seifert (08) for Hafeez while Rauf got the fourth wicket throwing Mitchell Santner (06) in the last over. The New Zealand team was only able to add 44 runs in the last seven overs. New Zealand suffered a pre-game setback when fit fast bowler Lockie Ferguson was excluded from the tournament with a “grade II” injury to his right calf.


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