Pakistan needs 153 runs in 20 overs to win the first semi-final of the ICC T20 world cup 2022.
On Wednesday, the New Zealand captain after winning the toss and deciding to bat first only managed to score 152 in 20 overs.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 9, 2022
Shaheen Shah Afridi’s dismissal of the explosive Fin Allen on the third ball of the innings, which left New Zealand at 4/1, gave Pakistan a quick advantage.
The wicket caused New Zealand to play it safe during the power play by bringing Kane Williamson to the crease.
Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, and Shaheen all made tight overs to add to the pressure on the Blackcaps.
After losing opener Devon Conway on the final ball of the power play to end the first six at 38/2, things got worse for New Zealand.
The partnership between Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell helped NZ recover and post a decent total.
Shaheen dismissed Williamson in the 17th over to end the partnership.
Mitchell and James Neesham, however, did not allow the dismissal to halt New Zealand’s attack, and the Black Caps finished the innings with 152/4.
Mitchell scored the most runs for New Zealand and went 53 not out.