PAK vs NZ: Babar, Rizwan shine as Pakistan beat New Zealand to reach their third T20 World Cup final


Pakistan has lived up to its reputation as one of the most unpredictable sides in sport, from dead and buried mid-competition to finishing in last place.

Babar Azam and his team are one step closer to repeating the exploits of the ‘Cornered Tigers’ of 1992 when they secured a position in the final on November 13 with a clinical appearance against New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Sydney.

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Pakistan successfully chased a 153-run goal and crossed the line with 7 wickets and 5 balls left. After Shaheen Afridi’s miserly attempt with the ball helped Pakistan reduce 152 for 4 in 20 overs in Sydney, captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan scored match-winning 1950s.

Pakistan played as a determined team as they were cheered on from the stands at Sydney Cricket Ground. With the ball, Shaheen Afridi set the tone, Shadab Khan led their excellent field display and their punching power, skipper Babar Azam and co-opener Mohammad Rizwan proved critics wrong by showing up on the big day.

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New Zealand, captained by one of the most controlled captains in Kane Williamson, were well outplayed and denied a second consecutive berth for the T20 World Cup final. Pakistan rose from the ashes, beating one of the most consistent sides in ICC competitions in a one-sided semi-final in Sydney.

It was also Pakistan’s third T20 World Cup final after their heartbreak in 2007 and their victory in 2009.

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