Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam set Pakistan in cruise mode with a 105-run opening partnership that came in under 13 overs. Both batters neutralised the threat of Trent Boult and Tim Southee as they hit the New Zealand bowlers everywhere in the powerplay.
Babar scored his 30th T20I half-century before finally falling to Boult. Rizwan eventually crossed the 50-run mark himself.
Earlier, New Zealand set a target of 153 runs for Pakistan in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Sydney.
During the semi-final match played in Sydney, the Captain of the New Zealand team won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan. While the black caps only managed to score 152 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs.
At the start of New Zealand’s innings, Shaheen sent opener Finn Allen to the pavilion for 4 runs in the first over, while Shadab ran out Devon Conway on the last ball of the sixth over.
Glenn Phillips was caught and bold by Mohammad Nawaz, who only managed to score six runs. While the skipper Kane Williamson played well and scored 46 runs of 42 balls. He was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Shah Afridi in the 17th over.
Pakistan have allowed only 54 runs off the last six overs of the innings, despite New Zealand having seven wicket in hand at the start of that sequence. New Zealand are generally a fast-finishing team, while Pakistan have been excellent at keeping teams in check at the death. In this match, Pakistan’s death bowling seems to have trumped New Zealand’s hitting.