NZ vs PAK: The master plan was prepared in the dressing room, Pakistan’s victory was confirmed by this bet, reveals Rizwan

Sydney: In the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets to make it to the final. In the match, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan along with captain Babar Azam played an excellent half-century of 57 runs for Pakistan. Rizwan was adjudged man of the match for his strong batting. After the match, Rizwan was very happy and gave the credit of this victory to his team captain Babar Azam as well.

After the match, Rizwan said, ‘I am lucky that in a match like semi-final, I got a half-century with my bat. I struggled a lot throughout the tournament in and out but we worked hard on our game and kept believing in it.

He said, ‘When we went to the dressing room after fielding, I told Babar that we will play aggressively from the beginning with the new ball but when we finished the power play, we changed the strategy and decided that either of the two One has to take the game longer because we knew this pitch was going to be very difficult. We didn’t have a good start in the tournament but our players didn’t lose faith.

New Zealand’s batting was ineffective

In this semi-final match against Pakistan, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first, but this decision did not work for him at all. In the match, New Zealand’s team managed to score only 152 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Although Darrell Mitchell played an innings of 53 runs in 35 balls for the team, but the batting remained very low from the second drop.

Apart from Mitchell, Williamson played an innings of 46 runs in 42 balls. During this, he was able to hit a four and a six. Devon Conway contributed 21 and Jimmy Neesham contributed 16 runs.

Babar and Rizwan’s half-centuries

Captain Babar Azam scored 53 runs for the Pakistani team chasing the target of 153 runs given by New Zealand. While Mohammad Rizwan scored 57 runs. With this brilliant batting by Babar and Rizwan, Pakistan lost a single wicket after scoring 80 runs in 10 overs. In this big match of the World Cup, with this game of brilliant Babar and Rizwan, Pakistan won the match with 5 wickets remaining.

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