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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

New Zealand Thrashes Pakistan in Icy Christchurch

 New Zealand Thrashes Pakistan in Icy Christchurch


On Tuesday, Pakistan’s famed top order of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masoon failed to fire in cold Christchurch weather, falling by nine wickets to New Zealand in a T20I Tri-series match, with the visitors managing just 130/7 in their allotted overs.

In a T20I Tri-series encounter on Tuesday, Pakistan’s renowned top order batsman Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shan Masoon suffered a humiliating nine-wicket loss at the hands of New Zealand, with the visitors reaching just 130/7 in their allotted overs.


With 23 balls remaining, New Zealand, helped by a half-century from opener Finn Allen and 49 from Devon Conway, achieved the necessary runs to exact revenge for their six-wicket loss in the Tri-series match played at the same location on October 8.

New Zealand, used to the circumstances, found no obstacles in cruising to victory when the temperature at the Haley Oval dropped to 13 degrees C. Allen and Conway put up 117 runs for the first wicket in 13.3 overs.

Conway returned undefeated on 49 with five fours from 46 balls when Allen was removed after making 62 from 42 balls with a four and six sixes. The other batter who wasn’t out, Kane Williamson, had nine hits in as many deliveries.

Earlier, Pakistan’s innings only managed 130/7 because they were unable to get momentum. Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali’s 51-run partnership for the sixth wicket was the highest of the entire innings. Iftikhar hit three fours in his run-a-ball 27 while Asif Ali hit three fours in his 20-ball 25 not out.

Pakistan got off to a 30-run first wicket start in 4.2 overs thanks to Babar Azam (21) and Mohammad Rizwan (16), but collapsed to 77/5 in 13.2 overs. 14 points were scored by Shan Masood, 8 by Shadab Khan, and 8 by Haider Ali.

Off-spinner Michael Brace well for New Zealand expertly utilized the circumstances on the slow pitch to finish with figures of 4-0-11-2. Later, he was named the game’s best player. Mitchell Santeria, a left-arm spinner, claimed two wickets for 27 runs, and Tim Sou thee, a fast bowler, claimed two for 31 runs.

Both Pakistan and New Zealand have now split their three games, winning two each. After two games, Bangladesh has yet to win. On Wednesday, Bangladesh will play New Zealand in a game that they must win before playing Pakistan on Thursday.

On Friday, the top-two teams will compete in the championship game.

Brief scores

Pakistan 130/7 in 20 overs (Iftikhar Ahmed 27, Asif Ali 25 not out, Babar Azam 21, Mohammad Rizwan 16; Michael Brace well 2/11, Mitchell Santeria 2/27, Tim Southee 2/31) lost to New Zealand 131/1 in 16.1 overs (Finn Allen 62, Devon Conway 49 not out) by nine wickets.

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