Pakistani bowlers, especially Shaheen Afridi played an excellent role by building pressure on the batting-heavy New Zealand in the first inning while Haris Rauf took four wickets.
SHARJAH: (UrduPoint/UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News-Oct 26th , 2021) New Zealand set the target of 135for Pakistan to chase in the 19th match of T20 World Cup 2021 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan kept the Kiwis under check in the first inning as they made 134 for eight.
Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a maiden in the opening over to immediately put a batting-heavy New Zealand side under pressure while Haris Rauf took four wickets.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and opt to bowl first in the 19th match of T20 World Cup against New Zealand today at Sharjah cricket stadium.
The first blow for New Zealand is that its pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the T20 World Cup due to a calf injury.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has expressed serious concerns.
He said, “It’s a real shame for Lockie to have this happen on the eve of the tournament and the entire team is really feeling for him right now,”.
The Pakistani squad for the New Zealand T20 World Cup clash will remain unchanged — and the same team which defeated India would step on the ground today, sources told Geo news.
Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand probable XI
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee