The first semi-final of the ICC t20 world cup 2022 played between Pakistan vs New Zealand in Sydney Cricket Stadium in which Pakistan easily win against New Zealand by 7 wickets and become the first team of the tournament to qualify for the final and waiting for the next finalist of the tournament. The second semi-final of the tournament will be played between England and India at Adelaide Oval and the winner will face Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground Australia on Sunday, 13 November 2022.
Pakistan vs New Zealand, ICC t20 world cup 2022 first semi-final highlights
Pakistan and New Zealand played first semi-final of the tournament in which New Zealand lost by 7 wickets. Recently Pakistan won tri-series which was played between Bangladesh, New Zealand and Pakistan in New Zealand before the t20 world cup 2022. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first.
New Zealand Team batting
Before this semi-final New Zealand was the best team of the tournament as they beat defending champion Australia with 89 runs margin in super 12 stage of the on-going tournament. But today they played totally different cricket New Zealand batter were struggling to face Pakistani bowlers. New Zealand lost their first wicket on just 4 runs. They scored just 38 runs and lost their both openers in the powerplay. Conway got run out by Shadab khan on the final delivery of the powerplay who was fielding at mid-off. Daryl Mitchell played a brilliant knock for his team that help his team to put a fighting total on the board. He scored 53 runs on just 35 deliveries with the strike rate of 151.43 and he hits 4 fours and only six. New Zealand scored 152/4 runs in 20 overs.
Pakistan Team Batting
For the first time in this T20 World cup Tournament, the Pakistani openers played a brilliant knock which put the opposition under pressure from the beginning of the innings. Everyone was criticizing Babar and Rizwan due to their bad performance in this tournament specially Babar as before this semi-final he just scored 39 runs in 5 innings with the average of 7.8 and strike rate of 61.9 and his highest score in an inning was 25 on 33 deliveries in and virtual quarter final against Bangladesh in their last match of the super-12 stage. Pakistan scored 55 runs in their powerplay and most important both openers was on the crease. Pakistan lost their first wicket on 105 runs in the 13th over of Trent Boult. Pakistan captain Babar Azam got caught on long-on after scoring important 53 runs. Pakistan chased 153 runs on the first ball of the twentieth over. Pakistan finishes 153/3 and won the game by 7 wickets. Both openers of Pakistan scored fifty plus, Rizwan scored 57 runs on 43 deliveries with the strike rate of 135.56 also he hit 5 fours and Babar Azam scored 53 runs on 42 deliveries with the strike rate of 126.19 and also, he hit 7 fours. Both openers did not hit any maximum. But it’s good news for Pakistani fans as two main batters performed well in the big match.
Player of the match
Pakistan wicket keeper batsman won the player of the match award for his match-winning fifty plus score and puts 105 runs partnership with captain Babar Azam that help their team easy win over New Zealand. He Scored 57 runs and faced 43 deliveries with the strike rate of 135.56.
Best bowler of the match
Shaheen Shah Afridi was the best bowler of this match as he bowls 4 overs and just gave 24 runs and get two crucial wickets.
Final of ICC t20 world cup 2022
Pakistan beat New Zealand in the first semi-final of the tournament and become the first finalist of the tournament Now England or India will face Pakistan in the final of ICC t20 world cup 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Stadium Australia on Sunday, 13 November 2022.