Pak vs Nz: New Zealand set Pakistan a 153-run goal in the first semi-final of the ICCT20 World Cup.
In the Sydney encounter, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 152 runs for the loss of four wickets in the allowed 20 overs.
The Kiwis began their innings with Finn Allen and Dion Conway. New Zealand lost their first loss for 4 runs in the first over when Finn Allen was bowled lbw off Shaheen Shah Afridi for 4 runs.
After the first wicket went early, the Kiwi captain and Dion Conway took over and increased the team’s total to 38 runs before the second wicket fell.
Dion Conway scored 20 runs before being run out by Shadab Khan. Kane Williamson and Conway combined for 34 runs.
In 6 Powerplay overs, New Zealand scored 38 runs for the cost of two wickets.
New Zealand’s third wicket went for 49 runs, and Glenn Phillips was a late arrival, giving up his wicket to Muhammad for an individual score of just 6 runs.
After three wickets went for 59 runs, skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell seized possession and guided the side to 117 runs.
The pair put up a 68-run fourth-wicket stand, following which New Zealand lost their fourth defeat for 117 runs, with Kane Williamson getting 46 runs and being clean bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Daryl Mitchell has 50 runs while James Neesham has 14 runs.
Until recently, New Zealand had scored 144 runs in 19 overs for the cost of four wickets.
Earlier in the match, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first against Pakistan in Sydney, Australia.
Following the toss, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson said that his side would want to put Pakistan under pressure by setting a high target.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that the national side would have won the toss and batted first if no changes were made. Allow for access.
We have excellent players, we are focused on this match, we have done well in the past three matches, we will keep this momentum, we are extremely confident because of the victory, New Zealand has great bowlers and batters, he added.