Pakistan-New Zealand Semi Final: Pakistan’s bowlers checked out of the semi-final with a good result as they wreaked havoc on the Kiwis. Shaheen Shah Afridi started the game with a huge wicket of Finn Allen for just 4 runs. Pakistan’s bowlers played brilliantly against New Zealand, picking up wickets after every short break.

Shadab Khan forced the run out of Devon Conway for just 21 runs at the end of the 6th over. This dented the confidence of the Kiwis batsman but skipper Kane Williamson kept pace with the momentum and continued to play.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and his pace

He made 46 runs before being bowled by Pakistan’s star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Afridi bowled at 121 kmph to dismiss the skipper and hurt them further. However, Daryll Mitchell managed to stand up to the Pakistani bowlers and scored 50 runs to take the total to 152 runs.

PAKvsNZ – New Zealand won the toss, elected to bat first

After winning the toss, Kane Williamson announced that he would choose to bat first and play with the same team. “We will have a club. Surface used. We have the same team. It is important to quickly assess the changing circumstances. Our focus is on this game.”

However, Babar Azam said that they too would have opted to bat first. “Even we would have struck first. Same team. As a team, we are confident and try to carry the momentum. They have quality players, we try to be calm. We are trying to focus on this match,” Azam said after the toss.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Match XI:

Pakistan (Game XI): Mohammad Rizwan (w), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

New Zealand (Game XI): Finn Allen, Devon Conway (w), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult


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