Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 at Sydney Cricket Ground to enter the finals.
Chasing the target of 153, Pakistan completely dominated the proceedings thanks to excellent knocks from captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan. The duo took the game away from the Black Caps after forming an unreal 105 runs partnership for the opening wicket.
Babar smashed 53 off 42 deliveries with the help of seven fours, whereas Rizwan scored 57 from 43 balls, including five fours. Mohammad Haris also played a handy knock of 30 as Pakistan completed the chase with seven wickets in hand and five balls to spare.
Earlier, Daryl Mitchell and captain Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to a competitive score after Black Caps lost three wickets for just 49 in eight overs.
Mitchell and Williamson added 68 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise the New Zealand batting. Williamson was dismissed at a well-made score of 46 off 42 deliveries, Mitchell was the star of the night with a brilliant unbeaten 53 from just 35 balls. Riding on Williamson and Mitchell’s batting, New Zealand managed to post 152/4 in their allotted 20 overs.
For the Men in Green, Shaheen Afridi shined with the ball. The left-arm fast bowler picked up two wickets for 24 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Pakistan v New Zealand in Men’s World Cup Semi-Finals:
- Pakistan won by 4 wickets, Auckland 1992 (ODI WC)
- Pakistan won by 9 wickets, Manchester 1999(ODI WC)
- Pakistan won by 6 wickets, Cape Town 2007 (T20I WC)
- Pakistan won by 7 wickets, Sydney 2022 (T20I WC)
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 9, 2022
First time in 13 years Pakistan have reached a World Cup FINAL.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 9, 2022
Simply put, Pakistan just played a near perfect game of cricket. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 9, 2022
This World Cup deserve india/pak final
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 9, 2022
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) November 9, 2022
I have been watching match with officials, You know proud moment is when legendary palyers & officials say, these two Babar & Rizwan have made @TheRealPCB batting lineup top in the world. ❤️🇵🇰
Congratulations Pakistan 💓🇵🇰.
— Shahnawaz Dahani (@ShahnawazDahani) November 9, 2022
What a comeback in the T20 World Cup !
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) November 9, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) November 9, 2022
Pakistan in the T20 World Cup:
2007 – Final
2009 – Champions
2010 – Semi final
2012 – Semi final
2021 – Semi final
2022 – Qualified for the final
Great consistency in the mega event apart from 2014 & 2016.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 9, 2022
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) November 9, 2022
— Somerset Cricket 🏏 (@SomersetCCC) November 9, 2022
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) November 9, 2022
WHAT A WIN, PAKISTAN! 🤯
— ICC (@ICC) November 9, 2022
Third #T20WorldCup Final for Pakistan.
2007 – Lost
2009 – Won
2010 – ????
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) November 9, 2022
They've done it.
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) November 9, 2022
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) November 9, 2022