This is another big and thrilling game of the World T20 2016 tournament between Pakistan and New Zealand. Let’s see who takes victory in this one! Scroll down to find out.
In this match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. They’ve been great in form with their 2 excellent victories previously. Deciding to bat first means they can score big and defend it well. So, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson came as opening pair and took a great start of the game. Kane Willamson was dismissed by Mohammad Irfan, when New Zealand were 62 in 7.2 overs. That’s been a good and important partnership between them. Then Colin Munro came on to the crease but he didn’t stayed either and dismissed by Shahid Afridi. Then, 52 runs partnership was made between Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill. When New Zealand were on 127, Mohammad Sami strikes and bowled Martin Guptill. He played an impressive smart knock of 80 runs that really helped New Zealand to put handsome score on the target for Pakistan. Finally, Ronchi and Ross Taylor took the game further and in the end, 181 target was set for Pakistan to chase. Mohammad Sami and Shahid Afridi picked 2 wickets, while Mohammad Irfan took only 1. It’s been a terrific batting-attack by New Zealand and now is the time for the bowlers to defend it. Let’s see how Pakistani batting order faces it!
In the 2nd innings, the opening pair of Pakistan were Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad. They both took a wonderful start especially Sharjeel Khan who was playing an aggressive game from the beginning. Both of them made a good partnership of 65, when Sharjeel Khan’s been removed successfully by Milne to slow-down the game and make a comeback. Then Khalid Latif came on 3rd number but didn’t stayed on the crease any longer. Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad slowed down their game and Ahmed Shahzad was removed by Milne. Then it was Shahid Afridi who came on to bat and started a very aggressive game. But after his wicket, Pakistani batsmen were under deep pressure. Now in last 5 overs, required run-rate bounced up to 11+. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik were on strike but in last 5 overs, they didn’t smashed any boundaries and scored only 35 runs. That’s what costed them a match. New Zealand in the end defended it well, and they won by 22 runs. What a great win for them; 3rd time consecutively. Congratulations to team New Zealand for their 3rd win!
It seriously was a important game for Pakistan, but they lost it. Their batting order needs to fire themselves up for a better fast-game in this format. Otherwise, they can’t survive without being aggressive. New Zealand is been terrific so far with the bat and ball. Perfect team!
Now, do you want to say anything about Pakistani cricket team? Any words for Martin Guptill’s knock today? He was declared as player of the match for his fabulous 80 runs inning. Share your thoughts about today’s match.
Don’t forget to check out the previous match: World T20 2016: 22nd Match (Super 10), Australia vs Bangladesh
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