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Haris Rauf’s 4/22 sets up Pakistan’s five-wicket win over NZ

Pacer Haris Rauf led a scientific bowling show with a wonderful four-wicket haul earlier than Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali’s onslaught as Pakistan took “revenge” on New Zealand for a latest off-field snub with a five-wicket win within the T20 World Cup right here on Tuesday.

A lot of the top-order batters, apart from opener Mohammad Rizwan (33), struggled however the skilled Malik (26 not out off 20 balls) and quantity seven Ali (27 not out off 12) flourished in direction of the tip with a 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan residence with eight balls to spare.

This was Pakistan’s second consecutive win after their complete 10-wicket victory over India on Sunday.

The New Zealand workforce, taking part in in its first match, had just lately withdrawn from a scheduled sequence towards Pakistan after touchdown there, citing a safety menace which, in keeping with the host nation, didn’t exist.

Chasing 135 for a win, captain Babar Azam (9) and Rizwan made an honest begin however they have been discovering it troublesome to get the runs and the boundaries because the chase progressed.

Azam was not at his fluent greatest as in comparison with his sensible unbeaten 68 towards India and was out within the sixth over, bowled by Tim Southee, who obtained his one centesimal wicket in T20 Internationals.

Runs weren’t coming simply for Pakistan at this stage as they reached 30 for 1 on the finish of energy play and so they obtained one other jolt as one-down Fakhar Zaman (11) was trapped LBW by Ish Sodhi within the ninth over.

Former captain Mohammad Hafeez hoisted James Neesham for a six as quickly as he got here out as Pakistan reached 58 for two on the midway mark.

However, within the subsequent over, he obtained out with Devon Conway taking a surprising diving catch close to the boundary ropes off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.

New Zealand have been again into the match with Rizwan, who had scored 79 not out towards India, trapped LBW by Sodhi within the twelfth over.

After a few comparatively quiet overs, Trent Boult obtained his first wicket by eliminating Imad Wasim (11) within the fifteenth over. However from there on, Pakistan modified the script of the match, courtesy Malik and Asif Ali.

Pakistan wanted 44 runs from the ultimate 5 overs and in got here Ali who clobbered Southee for 2 consecutive sixes within the seventeenth over to tilt the match in his facet’s favour.

Malik hit a six and a 4 within the subsequent over earlier than Ali set the Sharjah sky on fireplace with a six and hit the profitable runs — a two — to take Pakistan to 135 for five in 18.4 overs.

Earlier, Rauf spearheaded the bowling assault with 4 wickets as Pakistan restricted New Zealand to a modest complete.

The Kiwis have been in all types of hassle after they have been invited to bat within the face a disciplined Pakistani bowling assault with opener Daryl Mitchell and Conway top-scoring with 27 every and captain Kane Williamson contributing 25.

New Zealand couldn’t have one substantial partnership with their highest being the 36-run opening stand between Mitchell and Martin Guptill (17).

Shaheen Afridi, Imad wasim and Mohammad Hafeez additionally took one wicket every for Pakistan.

Afridi, who rattled the Indian top-order in Pakistan’s win over India, obtained the swing within the opening over which was a maiden one. However Mitchell hit a 4 off his second over which yielded eight runs.

Mitchell then hoisted Hasan Ali for a six as New Zealand regarded to take the initiative. However they have been unable to come back out of the facility play unscathed as Rauf uprooted Guptill’s timbers after the ball took a deflection off the batter’s pads.

Mitchell paid the worth of going for one too many as he holed out to Fakhar Zaman close to the ropes after he smashed a six off Imad within the ninth over.

New batter James Neesham didn’t final lengthy as he was out for 1 within the subsequent over off Hafeez as New Zealand reached 60 for 3 at midway mark.

The Kiwis stepped on the gasoline and took 25 runs from the twelfth and thirteenth overs along with Williamson smashing Hafeez for a six and a 4, whilst Conway clobbered Shadab Khan for 3 successive boundaries.

However the Kiwi innings took a flip after Williamson was run out within the 14th over as Hasan Ali’s sensible direct throw off his personal bowling dislodged the bails.

New Zealand might solely attain the 100-run mark on the finish of the fifteenth over and Conway and Glenn Phillips (13) obtained out within the house of three balls within the 18th over bowled by Rauf.

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