Pakistan beat New Zealand to qualify for T20 World Cup final

Pakistan beat New Zealand to qualify for T20 World Cup final

Sydney (Web Desk): Pakistan defeated New Zealand in semi-final  at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday and qualified for the T20 World Cup final.

Batting first, New Zealand scored 152 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in stipulated 20 overs.

In reply, Pakistan achieved the target in 19.1 overs for the loss of 3 wickets.

For Pakistan, Muhammad Rizwan and Babar Azam scored 57, 53 runs respectively.

Muhammad Rizwan was declared man of the match.

This is the fourth time that Pakistan and New Zealand are seeing each other in a world cup semi-final.

The two sides have clashed six times in the T20 World Cup history, so far, and the Green Shirts triumphed in four matches, while Black Caps managed to win two.

Recently, the Men in Green beat Black Caps in New Zealand to win the T20 tri-series title. So, now, Pakistan would be eyeing a win riding on the momentum it has gathered over the last couple of matches in the Super 12 stage, especially South Africa and Bangladesh.

Both the teams have decided to stay with the playing XI they had in their last match.

The second Semi-final will be played between India and England in Adelaide on Thursday.

The final of ICC-T20 World Cup will be played on Sunday in Melbourne.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, 

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (capt), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.