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.
New Zealand134/8 (20.0)
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 5 wickets