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Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights: Asif Ali’s explosive cameo steers PAK to 5-wicket victory against NZ

Haris Rauf led a clinical bowling display with an excellent four-wicket haul before Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali steered Pakistan to victory

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: October 26, 2021 11:43:49 pm
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Pacer Haris Rauf led a clinical bowling display with an excellent four-wicket haul before Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali’s onslaught as Pakistan took “revenge” on New Zealand for a recent off-field snub with a five-wicket win in the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday. Most of the top-order batters, except for opener Mohammad Rizwan (33), struggled but the experienced Malik (26 not out off 20 balls) and number seven Ali (27 not out off 12) flourished towards the end with a 48-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take Pakistan home with eight balls to spare.

Earlier, New Zealand were restricted to 134 for eight against Pakistan. Sent into bat by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, none of New Zealand batters could make substantial scores at the comparatively smaller Sharjah Cricket Ground.

Opener Daryl Mitchell made 27, skipper Kane Williamson contributed 25 while Devon Conway managed to score 27 as the Kiwis struggled to get going against Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack.

 

Match EndedICC World Twenty20, 2021 - Super 12 - Match 19

Pakistan

135/5 (18.4)
vs

New Zealand

134/8 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - Super 12 - Match 19 )
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 5 wickets

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Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights:

23:43 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Finishing mentor Malik 👨🏻‍🌾👨🏻‍🍳

Shoaib Malik is the reliable floater who can steer the finisher in this Pakistan batting line-up while hanging around and getting just the last batch of runs. Not too many, though. He can range the sous chef on preps and the second-in plater on the kitchen line. Just the tail of the comet that keeps them in business when chasing totals. On Tuesday, he would pull off another one in the company of Pakistan's assigned finisher Asif Ali who walked away with the glory of a 12 ball-27 at a strike-rate above 200 and had a physio look into his bother after being thumped on the helmet with a Southee bouncer. Malik would stick around after 'Prof' Hafeez had been sent back via a stunning catch and Rizwan had departed. It's on days when Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman push off early that Malik's final touches are required. He would pick on the spinner Santner after trialling his big hits against Ish Sodhi earlier, to settle nerves nearing the end. He's been at it for 22 long years now, and knows all there is to know about finishing a chase, though his career looks nowhere close to the finish, at 39.

23:42 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Haris's leaps of joy 🙌🏼

Haris Rauf leaped and fist-pumped with joy during a phenomenal spell of four for 22 against New Zealand. Rauf's best leap was when he dismissed Glenn Phillips, the muscular hard-hitter, with a slower ball which was caught in the deep. He reduced his pace when he got Devon Conway to hit skyward and into the hands of the fielder manning the ropes and a similar ball worked for Mitchell Santner. Opener Martin Guptill was beaten by a length ball. A genuine quick who touches speeds of 150 kmph, Rauf can also bowl the slower one with very little change in action or arm speed. It was only a couple of years ago that the 27-year-old moved away from being a tape-ball regular and caught the attention of scouts. Controlling emotions is not one of his strengths though. When Santner smashed him through the off side, he bent backwards, buried his hands in his face and stayed in that pose for a while, like a bowler who had had enough of getting hit. In reality, the thunderbolt - clocked at 149 kmph - was his first really bad ball of the day. The next delivery, the last of the innings, he cleaned up Santner and a mini leap followed.

23:09 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Haris Rauf, player of the match, speaks

"I am happy with the performance, thanks to the team, the fielding unit, the support staff and the fans for all the support they've given us. There's competition in the bowling unit, we talk with each other, assess the conditions and we do get confidence from each other. The wicket of Guptill in the powerplay was the best amongst the four wickets. Thankful to everyone, keep supporting us right through."

23:06 (IST)26 Oct 2021
A day of ‘what if’ for Hafeez 🥸

At nearly 42, Mohammad Hafeez keeps popping up in Pakistan teams like an evergreen number every now and then. He has played for over 30 teams and has been in pressure-cooker situations innumerable times. With Pakistan two wickets down, captain Babar Azam and No.3 Fakhar Zaman gone, the next man needed to steady the ship. Hafeez walked in with a swagger. He wasted no time to get going. He dispatched the first ball he faced from Jimmy Neesham for a six, inside out and over extra cover. When bowling he had got Neesham on the first ball he had bowled. It seemed to be Hafeez’s day. That was till, in the next over, he came down the track and lofted left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner over long-on only for Devon Conway to pull off the catch of the tournament. It was a day of ‘what if’ for Hafeez who looked on in disbelief as he walked back.

22:59 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Pakistan win by 5 wickets

Boult to bowl the 19th over. Can he stem the runs? And Asif hits another 6. They are almost there. And Pakistan has done it. What a cameo by Asif Ali. Absolutely hammered NZ out of the match. Pakistan win their second match on the trot. Win by 5 wickets.

22:51 (IST)26 Oct 2021
PAK close in on victory

And a 4 to start the 18th over. Not a good start for Santner. And Shoaib Malik has hit a maximum. This match just got very very interesting. Wonderful batting by Malik. And everything has just been made easy now. 15 from this over. PAK 126/5 after 18 overs. Need 9 off the next 2 overs.

22:45 (IST)26 Oct 2021
BACK TO BACK SIXES

And a 6 to start the 17th over.  Asif Ali powers down the ground for six! Slower ball from Southee that Asif saw coming a mile off. And another 6 to follow. Southee does not know where to look. Two slower balls and two sixes. Is the comeback on? Monster sixes, both of them. PAK 111/5 after 17th over.

22:40 (IST)26 Oct 2021
16th over gone

Sodhi comes to bowl the 16th over. And gets hit for a four in the second last ball of the over. NZ fielders were really close so that boundary could not have been prevented but it was a great down the ground drive nontheless. 7 runs off this over. PAK 98/5

22:35 (IST)26 Oct 2021
WICKET

Wasim relieves a bit of pressure after hitting a four. Good shot and what? Another boundary and the next ball gets another wicket. Boult gets his wicket. Whacked on the foot and that's Imad done for! Shoaib Malik tells him not to bother reviewing, and Pakistan lose another one. This is unravelling fast. PAK 87/5 after 14.5 overs.

22:30 (IST)26 Oct 2021
PAK chase hits a brick wall

Pakistan innings has really hit a brick wall after those quick wickets. The 13th over yielded just 5 runs as NZ look to take this game by the scruff of the neck. The 14th over starts with Sodhi in the attack. Just 7 off this one. PAK 82/4 after 14 overs.

22:19 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Rizwan gone

Rizwan is anchoring the innings on the other side as wickets keep falling. Rare poor delivery, a long hop. Rizwan capitalises, hoicking it to the cow corner boundary. And is he gone? He has been given out. He did not take the review. Walks. Sodhi gets a precious wicket. PAK 69/4 after 11.4 overs.

22:13 (IST)26 Oct 2021
WICKET

WHAT A CATCH BY CONWAY. He had no right to take that. It's a stunning catch. Hafeez danced down the ground and timed it beautifully past wide long-off, or so he thought. But Conway made up so much ground to his left and leapt into the air, catching it on his left side at full stretch. Glorious from the Kiwi, and New Zealand are properly into this. PAK 63/3 after 11 overs.

22:08 (IST)26 Oct 2021
First ball six by Hafeez

And Hafeez faces his first ball and hits it out of the park. Inside-out, over extra cover, using his pace. 11 off this over and we gop to drinks. Pak have lost wickets but they are still going for big hits. That's encouraging for the team. 10 overs gone. PAK 58/2.

22:03 (IST)26 Oct 2021
SIXXXX AND A WICKET

And Zaman has caught this one out and hit it out the ground. First 6 of the innings. Slog sweep. In the wheel house. No cute reverse lap stuff. He has slog-swept it into the next emirate. And is this an LBW? NZ reviews. And yes, Zaman is gone. Trapped LBW. NZ get their second wicket. PAK 47/2 after 9 overs.

21:57 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Pak innings slowing down

The 7th over had just one four and that was also a lucky one. Rizwan gets a tickle on the sweep, and the bowler's pace does the rest to beat short fine and run away for four. Just 6 from it. Now the 7th over begins with Neesham. Another good over. Just 3 off this over. 8th over gone. PAK 39/1 after 8 overs.

21:45 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Babar out

And Southee takes Babar Azam. It's a big one. He is bowled. 100th wicket for Southee. Babar tries the big slog, Southee bowls this full enough to attack the stumps, and gets the upper third of the middle stump as Babar is early into his swing. PAK 28/1 after 5.1 overs.

21:43 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Pak steady, NZ need a wicket

And the 5th over starts with a 4. Rizwan uses the pace on the ball and just guides it to the boundary. That's not easy considering that the bowler is Boult. NZ need a wicket. They are doing their best to stem the run flow but to put pressure on this Pak side, they need to get one of the two Pak openers out. 5th over ends with just 6 off it. PAK 28/0 after 5 overs.

21:39 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Pak ticking along

NZ are bowling well. Have got a good start. Just a boundary off the first ball of the 3rd over. Just 5 off it ultimately. Before that, the second over went for just 2 runs. Good bowling all around. They are just stifling Pak batsmen. And the 4th over starts. Was going well until that 4 in the 4th ball. Southee is the bowler. Last ball goes for 2. 4 overs are gone. PAK 22/0 after 4 overs.

21:24 (IST)26 Oct 2021
What a way to get off the mark

And Babar gets off te mark with a 4. What a shot. They have started strong again. New Zealand need to break this partnership as early as possible. If they are not taken, well you know what happened to India. 7 off the over. PAK 7/0 after 1 over.

21:22 (IST)26 Oct 2021
Chase begins

Rizwan and Babar Azam are at the crease. Rizwan is on strike. Santner will open the attack

Babar had hardly minced words in criticising New Zealand and England saying that his country has “always tried to accommodate the interests of the game but others simply don’t.” Tuesday’s game is being perceived by Pakistan’s cricket community as an opportunity for the team to extract revenge for the damage that New Zealand caused by going back without playing.

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