Babar Azam returned to the flight. He played an outstanding inning of 79 runs off 53 balls with 11 limits. His unbeaten innings saw Pakistan win the tri-series for the second time in a row. Pakistan will face New Zealand in the second game of the series on Saturday. Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat first in Christchurch.
However, the Kiwi captain was unsuccessful with the bat hoping for a big goal. New Zealand scored 147 runs after losing 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs by Pakistani bowlers. After chasing 148 runs, Babar Azam’s team won with 10 balls and 6 wickets in hand. In the beginning, there was a double shock in the Pakistani camp. They soon lost two wickets.
Although Babar got a point today, Rizwan’s bat, who was at the peak of his form, didn’t smile. The wicketkeeper-batsman returned LBW for 4 runs off Tim Southee. Shan Masum only took down 2 balls in one. Tickner’s ball was cut back by wicketkeeper Conway. He could not open the account of runs. Pakistan is under pressure after losing 2 wickets for 37 runs. But Babur handled the pressure well.
The Pakistani captain teamed up with Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Haider Ali to achieve the stated goal. All-rounder Shadab Khan gave the captain worthy support. Played brilliant innings of 34 runs. Shadab became Thickner’s second victim in the second ball from the 12th over. The pair of 62 runs broke. Then Mohammad Nawaz linked himself to Babar. In the final ball of the 16th over, Nawaz was brought back to the saddle by pacer Trent Boult. He made 16 of 19 balls.
At that point, Pakistan scored 124 runs after losing 4 wickets in 17 overs. That means it takes 24 runs from 18 balls to win. Haider Ali hit a line and a six at the crease.
Babar also ran into a border. Pakistan came close to victory with 21 runs in the 18th left. Babar made the fans laugh by hitting the winning line in the second ball from the 19th over.
Haider Ali remains unbeaten with 10 runs on 2 balls. Earlier in the first innings, New Zealand couldn’t score more runs even in the power play. Kiwis scored 42 runs and lost one wicket in the first 6 overs. Pakistan hit the QI camp in the second left of the innings. Pacer Mohammad Wasim cut and threw opener Finn Allen in the second ball of his first over. Finn came back to Sajghar and scored 13 runs off 8 balls.
After that, the duo of Devon Conway and Williamson pulled the team to 10 overs. Nawaz sent Conway (36) back to Sajghar with the last ball of the 10th left. The 61-run pair was broken. After an over, skipper Kane Williamson also became Nawaz’s second victim. He was bowled while playing a slog sweep.
31 runs of 30 balls hit the captain’s bat before being ejected. Williamson has managed to hit just one boundary in these 31 runs. After playing to 17 overs, Glen Phillip and Mark Campbell made a 53-run partnership. On the 18th time, Glen returned with a catch at the hands of Asif Ali on Shehnewaz Dahani’s first delivery. 18 runs from 17 balls hit his bat.
New Zealand lost 2 consecutive wickets in the 19th over while the run rate increased. Pacer Haris Rauf blew the stumps of James Neesham who batted in 5 runs in the second ball from the over. Mitchell Braswell was caught lbw by Harris on the next ball. Braswell walked to the pavilion without opening the running book.
Tailender Ish Shodhi came in and pushed the ball to the point to avoid a hat-trick from Haris Rauf. Campbell’s strike reaches a limit. But on the next ball, Campbell was caught by Wasim when he threw the ball long. He finished his innings with 32 runs on 16 balls with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. New Zealand could only add 5 runs after losing 3 wickets in the 19th over. It was the same in the last over. Only 5 runs were added to the total collection. Ish Sodhi gave Wasim his wicket in return.
In other words, New Zealand’s tailenders couldn’t stand before the Pakistani bowlers. New Zealand lost 5 wickets for 22 runs in the last 4 overs. Haris Rauf pitched brilliantly for Pakistan. He took 3 wickets with 28 runs in 4 overs. Mohammad Wasim gave only 20 runs despite getting one wicket less. Mohammad Nawaz tied two wickets to Wasim with 44 runs. Shahnewaz Dahni got one.