The New Zealand team will play their first match today from the Super 12 teams. They had lost their match against Australia in the warm-up match, in that match, their performance was not so well. Head to head 24 t20i’s had been played between Pakistan and the New Zealand team from 2007 to 2020. Pakistan won fourteen of them and New Zealand got ten victories. So we cannot say that it is so much difference, although Pakistan’s performance is better. A total of seven matches had been played in the UAE between these two team’s and the New Zealand team won just one time. That is the clear dominance by the Pakistan team.
The Pakistan team have already played their first match against their biggest rivals India on 24th of Oct. India did get managed to set 152 runs target even though they had lost all three power hitters at the beginning of their innings. In reply, The Pakistani openers Muhammad Rizwan and captain Babr Azam chased down the 152 runs target, Pakistan won by ten wickets. Could you believe this?
It shows which type of intent the Pakistan team has started their tournament. There is nothing in the world that can give more confidence instead of that confidence which they already have achieved so far.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights Today, Tuesday 26-10-2021. 19th Match (N), Group 2, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Pakistan vs New Zealand, from Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Toss: Pakistan chose to field.
Pakistan team: 1 Babar Azam (capt.) 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 3 Fakhar Zaman 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Shoaib Malik 6 Asif Ali 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Hasan Ali 10 Haris Rauf 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi.
New Zealand team: 1 Martin Guptill 2 Devon Conway 3 Glenn Phillips 4 Kane Williamson (capt.), 5 Tim Seifert (wk) 6 Daryl Mitchell, 7 James Neesham, 7 Mitchell Santner 9 Tim Southee 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish Sodhi.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand: WLWLL
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local | 19:00 PKT
Umpires – Michael Gough, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Kumar Dharmasena
Match number – T20I no. 1367 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 19th Match
Post Match Presentation.
Haris Rauf is the Player of the Match:
“I want to thank Allah. The team fielded very well and supported the bowlers. The fans supported us throughout and helped us to win. I’ve been playing here for two years. We support each other and discuss our plans with each other. That gives us confidence and support. Guptill’s dismissal was the key one. They were building momentum at that time. I just want to thank Lahore Qalandars, too, who supported me a lot. They’re the reason I’m here.”
“It’s very disappointing. In the end, Unfortunately we couldn’t nail things towards the back end but we were up against a very good side in Pakistan, and congratulations to them. It’s quite clear as soon as we missed our lengths that there was some value for our shots. It’s a very strong Pakistan side and certainly one to watch. It’s the way it goes, the margins are small. We’ll pick ourselves up and be ready for the next challenge.”
“It’s always good to win, we’ll take this confidence forward in the tournament. The way the bowlers, Shaheen and Haris Rauf especially bowled was very impressive. I think we gave them 10 runs too many, but it’s cricket and that can happen. We lost wickets early, but I want to give credit to Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali. Every game is crucial. We want to take it game by game and do well in all departments of the game.”