They lost their last five wickets between the scores of 130 and 142 runs. New Zealand put a small target of 148 runs on the board, that too on a batting-friendly pitch. Pakistan too lost early wickets, but Babar Azam stuck to the ground and took his team across the line and won the match for the team.
Pakistan came into the ground with a win in yesterday’s match against Bangladesh and has momentum, whereas New Zealand came into the ground with an embracing loss of 3-0 against Australia, that too after one month. The team played an engaging game today too and lost crucial wickets in a bunch during the match.
New Zealand batted poorly on a batting-friendly pitch
New Zealand lost their first early in the innings, but then skipper Kane Williamson and Devon Conway formed a partnership which broke in the 11th over with the wicket of D. Convoy, and then soon after, at the score of 88, Kane Williamson got out. Devon Conway scored 36 off 35 balls, including 2 fours and 2 sixes, with a strike rate of 102. And with a strike of 103, Kane Williamson scored 31 runs off 30 balls, including a four.
After the wicket of Kane Williamson, Glenn Philips and Mark Chapman handled the inning for some time, but after the wicket of Glenn Philips at the score of 130 runs, New Zealand’s innings was in trouble as they lost 5 wickets in the next 12 runs. The Pakistani bowlers stopped the host side at a score of 147 runs with wickets lost.
The Pakistani bowlers have done a spectacular job by stopping New Zealand at a score of 147 runs, that too on a batting friendly pitch. Haris Rauf picked 3 wickets at an economy of 7, including the crucial wicket of James Neesham, who could have proved a problem for Pakistani bowlers. Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz picked up 2 wickets each at an economy of 5 and 11. Shahnawaz picked a wicket too.
Captain Performed Admirably
It was again the Pakistani captain who brought victory for the team. Babar Azam again played like a saviour for the Pakistani team. The openers of the team are the actual threat to the opponents. In the last match, it was Rizwan, and in this match, it was Babar Azam.
Pakistan lost Rizwan by just 36 runs. From then on, on one hand, Babar Azam was playing like an actual captain, and, on the other hand, wickets were falling. He was playing his own game. Shan Masood got out at 0. Shadab Khan scored 43 runs and Mohammad Nawaz scored just 16 runs.
After the 4th wicket, at a score of 124, Babar was partnered by Haider Ali, who played just 2 balls and smashed 10 runs with 1 four and 1 six. In the 19th over, Babar Azam sealed the victory by hitting a four and crossing the line for the Pakistan team having 10 balls in hand. He played amazingly and scored 79 runs, including 11 fours, with a strike rate of 149.
The Kiwi bowlers have done a spectacular job by pushing the low scoring match to the penultimate over of the inning. Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked one wicket each. Blair Tickner picked up 2 wickets with an economy of 10.5.
Pakistan has the upper hand in the Tri-series by winning 2 matches. Tomorrow is the match between New Zealand and Bangladesh. So till then, stay tuned.
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