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ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan vs New Zealand Report – Bowlers, Asif Ali help Pakistan make it two wins in a row

Pakistan made it two wins in a row and have had a dream start to this ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.

October 30, 2021 / 10:15 AM IST

Pakistan made it two wins in a row and have had a dream start to this ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. After beating India in their opening encounter, the Babar Azam-led side defeated New Zealand by five wickets, this time bringing out a side of them not many are too familiar with.

The bowlers set up the game for Pakistan in the first innings as the New Zealand batters just couldn’t get any momentum throughout their batting innings. Pakistan did suffer a few jitters during their run-chase, but, importantly the middle-order stepped up and Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik took the team over the line with more than an over to spare.

Earlier, Babar Azam won his second toss in a row and had no hesitation in fielding first. The Pakistan bowlers were once again spot on in the powerplay. Even though, they didn’t get a wicket upfront, Pakistan didn’t allow New Zealand to run away with the game.

Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim combined to conceded only 21 runs in the first four overs. Hasan Ali bowled the fifth over which went for 15 but Haris Rauf broke the opening stand in the final over of the powerplay. He knocked over Martin Guptill to leave New Zealand on 42/1 at the end of the powerplay.