Pakistan vs New Zealand
Pakistan vs New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

Pakistan registered a 5-wicket win over New Zealand in Sharjah on Tuesday. With two wins in two matches, the Men In Green have a shoe in the semi-final.

Chasing 135, Pakistan had a quiet start with both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan batting cautiously, before Tim Southee knocked over the Pakistan captain’s middle-stump in the sixth over. New Zealand were on top at the 6-over mark with Pakistan 30/1.

Ish Sodhi then struck with the wicket of Fakhar Zaman. Hafeez showed his intent straightaway thumping Neesham for a maximum before he was stunningly caught by Devon Conway at long-off.

Sodhi then got the better of Rizwan. Pakistan stuttered further in the chase when Imad Wasim, after hitting a boundary, was trapped lbw by Trent Boult as the required rate went over 9.

Asif Ali
Asif Ali (Image Credit: Twitter)

As the game seemed to slip away, Pakistan’s finishers stepped up. Asif Ali hammered Southee for two big ones before Shoaib Malik whacked a four and a six to Santner. Ali completed the chase with another maximum and a brace off Boult with 8 balls to spare.

Earlier, after being asked to bat first, New Zealand started slowly with occasional boundaries as Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim bowled tight overs. Daryl Mitchell and Marin Guptill then upped the ante taking 15 runs from Hasan Ali in the fifth over before Guptill was bowled by Haris Rauf. New Zealand ended the powerplay at 42/1.

Pakistan tightened screws after that with the wickets of Mitchell, who fell to Imad Wasim, and James Neesham, accounted for by Mohammad Hafeez, in quick succession as Kane Williamson took his time to get going.

Haris Rauf
Haris Rauf Credits: Twitter.

After a couple of quiet overs, Williamson went after Hafeez, smacking the spinner for a four and a six and Devon Conway stroked three consecutive fours to Shadab Khan.

The acceleration was halted by a direct hit from Hasan Ali which caught Williamson short of his crease. With pressure building up, the Kiwi batters tried their best to hit, but Haris Rauf plucked three wickets in the death overs, restricting the opposition to a par total of 134.

Twitter was buzzing with Pakistan’s thrilling victory as they inch close to sealing a semi-final spot.

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