It’s the 4th Match of the Tri-Series wherein NZ squared off with Pakistan. New Zealand’s spin, headed by offspinner Michael Bracewell, restricted Pakistan to a below-par 130 for 7 on a subcontinental-style surface in Christchurch, securing the hosts’ second consecutive tri-series triumph. Pakistan experienced total outplay in this match. First, they could only muster 130 runs in batting in Pakistan vs New Zealand T20, only to see that total slashed by Finn Allen and Conway. The cold weather made it especially difficult for Pakistan, which had never experienced it before. As a result, there were several errors and bad fielding, but Allen, under pressure before today’s game, helped himself to 62 runs with six massive hits. Let’s analyze how New Zealand accounted for this triumph.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. The first inning started with Rizwan and Babar Azam at the crease, and Southee opened the attack. Rizwan was initially in his form and hit 2 fours in the first over, but he lost his wicket before the powerplay. Bracewell got this reward for some tight bowling. Rizwan tried to keep a positive shape and launched over the ropes, but he didn’t get to the pitch of the ball. Pakistan scored 32 runs during the powerplay, losing 1 big wicket.
After the powerplay, Babar Azam and Masood tried to set a crease for them, but Santner dismissed Masood in the 8th over. Shadab came into the crease but went out after scoring just 8 runs after 7 balls. Again with the balling skills of Santner, New Zealand took this wicket.
After the 10-over game, Babar scored 21(21). However, he could not stand up in the following overs as he lost his wicket in the 11th over. M Bracewell took Babar’s biggest and most crucial wicket with a slider, and Babar edged the ball and went out.
Bracewell isn’t a massive turner of the ball, and there wasn’t much turn on offer, but with drift and bounce, he made sure Pakistan didn’t get away. He was the only bowler who did not surrender a boundary on the day.
Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed ended Pakistan’s drought with three fours, but it wasn’t enough to bring Pakistan back into contention. The 52 runs partnership between Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali ended in the last over as Southee got two back-to-back wickets for both players. Pakistan couldn’t score a single six in their innings summed up the dominance of New Zealand’s spinners. Pakistan was only able to score 130/7 in 20 overs.
The second inning started with Finn Allen and Conway at the crease, and Naseem Shah opened the attack. In the 2nd over, Allen hit the first six of the match. New Zealand scored 46 runs during the powerplay without losing any wickets.
Allen created scoring chances by darting out of the crease or retreating away. He went full throttle when he fired a six onto the Hagley Oval’s ceiling. Meanwhile, Conway sat back and assisted Allen by knocking the ball into the spaces.
The 105 runs partnership between Allen and Conway ended in the 14th over as Shadab Khan stumped out Allen. Allen tried to rush things and fell, but the outcome was never in dispute. Conway and Williamson sealed the deal with a glorious victory, which keeps Bangladesh alive in the tri-series.
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