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Pak against NZ: New Zealand set Pakistan a 152-run target to win the semifinal match


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After the team recovered from the early wicket losses suffered by Pakistan’s pacers. Daryl Mitchell’s half-century enabled New Zealand set a 153-run goal for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup semifinal. Earlier, New Zealand chose to bat first against Pakistan after winning the toss. But in the important match at the Sydney Cricket Stadium, the Black Caps were placed under pressure early on by Pakistani bowlers.

New Zealand set Pakistan a 152-run target to win |Source: First India

Pakistan Bowling

On his third pitch, Shaheen struck out Fin Allen, making the score 4-1 for the Kiwis. The wicket caused New Zealand to play it safe during the powerplay by bringing Kane Williamson to the crease. Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, and Shaheen all made tight overs. Which adds to the pressure on the Blackcaps.

After the second wicket fell at the end of the sixth over, when Devon Conway was run out by Shadab Khan on the final ball of the powerplay. Things got worse for New Zealand.

After the powerplay was ended, Babar added spin to the game, And it was successful. In the eighth over, Mohammad Nawaz got rid of Glen Phillips (6) for 49-2, further deflating New Zealand’s score. Williamson and Daryl Mitchell are on the crease as New Zealand scores 59/3 after the allotted 10 overs.

Lineups of Teams for Semifinal

Pakistan: Muhammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Muhammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Haris Rauf.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (wk), Devon Conway (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, and Lockie Ferguson.

Pakistan started the chase in the semifinal match in an impressive way. Both the openers are scoring at a brisk rate and made 55/0 in the Powerplay.

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