Pakistan Storm Into The T20 World Cup Finals; Babar Azam Back In Form

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Pakistan Storm Into The T20 World Cup Finals; Babar Azam Back In Form
Pakistan Storm Into The T20 World Cup Finals; Babar Azam Back In Form

Sydney [Australia]: Pakistan has stormed into the finals by defeating New Zealand by seven wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Star batter Babar Azam finally found his form and hit an half century. Mohammad Rizwan also struck at the right moment, smashing a key half-century to help Pakistan cruise into the finals on Wednesday.

Now the Men in Green will play either India or England in the final of the tournament.

Chasing 153, Pakistan was off to a fine start. Openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan took star bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee to attack, smashing them for boundaries.

The duo brought up their 50-run partnership in just 5.4 overs. At the end of six overs of the powerplay, Pakistan stood at 55/0, with Mohammad Rizwan (28), Babar Azam (25).

Azam brought up his 30th half-century in the shortest format in just 38 balls and Pakistan reached the 100-run mark in 11.5 overs.

Pacer Boult dismissed skipper Azam for 53 off 42 balls after he was caught by Daryl Mitchell at long-on.

Rizwan continued to score, bringing up his 23rd T20I fifty.

Boult got his second wicket of the match in the 17th over as Rizwan was caught by Glenn Phillips in the covers region. The batter departed after a well-made 57 off 43 consisting of five fours.

Shan Masood arrived to the crease, with responsibility to finish the match.

Pakistan needed two runs in the final over. Iftikhar Ahmed was on the crease. They finished their innings at 153/3 in 19.1 overs, with Masood (3) and Iftikhar (0) unbeaten.

Boult (2/33) was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand. Santner also took a wicket.

Earlier, Daryl Mitchell carried his bat through the innings, scoring an unbeaten fifty to guide New Zealand to 152/4 after a top-order collapse.

New Zealand looked set to end the powerplay with just one wicket down but Shadab Khan’s brilliance on the field cost the Kiwis Conway’s wicket after the batter set out for a risky single on the last ball of the sixth over.

The team ended the powerplay with 38/2.

After a slow start in the first 10 overs, New Zealand was able to score 47 runs from overs 11 to 15, staging a comeback.

Afridi continued his spell and came back in the 17th over to bowl the last over of his quota and removed the Kiwi captain to uproot the crucial 4th wicket 68-run partnership from 56 balls.

The Kiwi team managed to secure 29 runs from the last three overs, ending their 20 overs at 152/4 with Mitchell playing an unbeaten knock of 53 runs.

Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets for his side.

Brief Score: New Zealand 152/4 (Daryl Mitchell 53*, Kane Williamson 46; Shaheen Afridi 2-24) vs Pakistan: 153/3 in 19.1 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 57, Babar Azam 53, Trent Boult 2/33).

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