Pakistan beat New Zealand by five wickets in a thrilling match to clinch their second consecutive victory in the T20 World Cup. But experts say the competition is balanced.
In the match played at Sharjah Cricket Ground on Tuesday, the Kiwis had given Pakistan a target of 135 runs to win which the Green Shirts achieved thanks to the responsible batting of Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali at a loss of five wickets in 18.4 overs. What
At one point, the match seemed to go out of Pakistan's hands when four Green Shirts players returned to the pavilion for just 75 runs in 13 overs. If you look at New Zealand, they scored 90 runs for the loss of three wickets in 13 overs while playing first.
The batsmen had difficulty in batting due to slow pitch which the Kiwis tried to take full advantage of but the aggressive batting of Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali in the death overs turned the match upside down.
New Zealand captain Ken Williamson also said that 135 runs on a difficult pitch in Sharjah was a good total to defend the match but the manner in which the Pakistani players batted is commendable.
Speaking after the match, he said: “You look for opportunities in a match where the bowlers bowl well and the dot-balls add to the pressure on the opposing team and that's what we did in IPL matches. Also saw. “
Ken Williamson praised the Pakistan team and said that they played their game with enthusiasm. Pakistan is a strong team and they put it into practice in Sharjah.
Former Australian league spinner Shane Warren praised the Pakistan team and said in a tweet that the Pakistan team looks like the best team in the tournament but it has a long way to go.
Shane Warren also praised the batting of Kiwis captain Ken Williamson who was run out on a throw by Hassan Ali. He played an innings of 25 off 26 balls with the help of a six and two fours.
It should be noted that the Sharjah Cricket Ground has an impressive percentage of Pakistan's victory. Pakistan has so far played 127 matches at the ground, winning 84 and losing 42.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said that the Pakistan team is looking extraordinary in the event and will reach the semi-finals. According to him, the other teams participating in the event will pray that whichever team competes against Pakistan in the semi-finals will defeat it before reaching the final.