Asif Ali (27* off 12 balls) and Shoaib Malik (26* off 20) made sure that they had no late hiccups while chasing a modest 135-run target as Pakistan registered a five-wicket victory against New Zealand in Sharjah. With the second win in two games, Pakistan jumped to top of the standings with 4 points. Opting to bowl first, Haris Rauf (4-22) helped Pakistan restrict New Zealand to 134 for 8. Stay updated with Times of India to get all the live cricket score updates of the 2021 T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and New Zealand.Read Less
MATCH REPORT | Haris Rauf’s 4/22 sets up Pakistan’s five-wicket win over New Zealand
Pacer Haris Rauf led a clinical bowling display with an excellent four-wicket haul before Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali’s onslaught as Pakistan took “revenge” on New Zealand for a recent off-field snub with a five-wicket win in the T20 World Cup on Tuesday. Most of the top-order batters, except for opener Mohammad Rizwan (33), struggled but the experienced Malik (26 not out off 20 balls) and number seven Ali (27 not out off 12) flourished towards the end with a 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan home with eight balls to spare. This was Pakistan’s second consecutive win after their comprehensive 10-wicket victory over India on Sunday.
Feels great to win and we'll look to carry forward the confidence. The spinners started off brilliantly, and Haris and Shaheen carried it through. I would like to compliment our fielding that has carried us through here. I thought we gave 10 runs too many. But this cricket and it happens. While batting, there were wickets early on and we needed a partnership. Malik showed experience and Asif Ali contributed too. Every match is crucial. There is no easy match. We'll look to play it day by day and game by game.
It is very disappointing. We were optimistic at the halfway stage. It was going to be really tough, we were a boundary or two at being above par. There were small margins, but we couldn't nail it at the back end. Credit to Pakistan, they are a strong side and were very smart. I thought our bowlers were outstanding for 80% of the game. Quite tough to swallow. We were going into the second half, but this is a very good Pakistani side and are a team to watch. It is a game of small margins, we go to a different venue against India. We will have conversations and play accordingly. There were a few good decisions, but there are very small margins in these low-scoring games.
I am happy with the performance, thanks to the team, the fielding unit, the support staff and the fans for all the support they've given us. There's competition in the bowling unit, we talk with each other, assess the conditions and we do get confidence from each other. The wicket of Guptill in the powerplay was the best amongst the four wickets. Thankful to everyone, keep supporting us right through.
Here’s how the teams scored their runs tonight. Second win for Pakistan in two games as they moved to top of the standings in the Group 2 table.
It’s all over! Pakistan (135/5 in 18.4 overs) beat New Zealand (134/8) by 5 wickets
Asif Ali (27* off 12) and Shoaib Malik (26* off 20) took Pakistan home comfortably, reaching the modest target of 135 with five wickets in hand and 8 balls to spare. Back-to-back victories for Pakistan as they jumped to top of the Group 2 standings with 4 points.
Boult to Asif | SIX! PAK 133/5 in 18.3 overs, need 2 more to win
BOOM! A short delivery from Trent Boult and Asif Ali smacks it for a six.
* Asif Ali is taking another medical attention for concussion in the middle. PAK 127/5 in 18.1 overs, need 8 more in 11 balls.
PAK 126/5 after 18 overs, need 9 off 12 balls
15 runs off Mitchell Santner’s final over. Pakistan are motoring well in their chase now. Santner’s final figures: 4-0-33-1
Santner to Malik | SIX! PAK 124/5 in 17.3 overs
BOOM! Shoaib Malik smacks Mitchell Santner straight down the ground for a maximum.
Santner to Malik | FOUR! PAK 115/5 in 17.1 overs
Shoaib Malik smashes Mitchell Santner towards backward point for a four. Pakistan on the track now.
PAK 111/5 after 17 overs, need 24 more in 18 balls
After being hit for back-to-back sixes by Asif Ali, Tim Southee ended the over with three dot balls. Southee hit Asif on the helmet with the last ball and the Pakistan batter is taking a mandatory concussion test in the middle. 13 runs from the over. A good one for Pakistan.
Southee to Asif | SIX! PAK 111/5 in 16.3 overs
BOOM! Slower delivery from Tim Southee and Asif Ali (17*) smacks it over long-on for another six. Two maximums in two balls for the Pakistan batter.
* SIX! Asif Ali (11*) brings up 100 for Pakistan with a big six over long-off off Tim Southee | PAK 105/5 in 16.2 overs
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PAK 98/5 after 16 overs, need 37 more in 24 balls
Ish Sodhi finished off his spell with a seven-run over to return figures of 2 for 28 in 4 overs.
Sodhi to Malik | FOUR! PAK 97/5 in 15.5 overs
Shoaib Malik charges down the ground and hits it straight towards long-on for a four off Ish Sodhi.
Boult to Asif | FOUR! PAK 91/5 in 15 overs
BANG! Asif Ali opens his account with a first-ball four towards deep backward point off Trent Boult. The pacer concedes 9 runs in the over to go with a wicket.
OUT! Boult strikes to dismiss Wasim (11) | PAK 87/5 in 14.5 overs
Trent Boult strikes immediately after being hit for a four and traps Imad Wasim leg before wicket. Pakistan lost half their side for 87. It’s even steven in Sharjah at the moment.
Boult to Wasim | FOUR! PAK 87/4 in 14.4 overs
A welcome boundary for Pakistan. Imad Wasim goes aeriel and smashes Trent Boult towards extra cover for a four.
PAK 82/4 after 14 overs | Target – 135
No boundaries as Ish Sodhi gave away just 7 runs in it. Pakistan need 53 more to win in six overs.
Kane Williamson (C)
Mohammad Rizwan (W)
Babar Azam (C)