New Zealand Cricket Finally Gets Revenge By Beating Pakistan Cricket In Second Match Of T20I 2022
The New Zealand cricket team avenged their opening game’s loss against the Pakistan cricket team with a thumping nine-wicket win as they chased down the meager 131-run target with ease. It took Kane Williamson and co only 16.1 overs to reach 131/1 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Here are some key topics from the T20I 2022 2nd Tri-Series:
Babar And Rizwan's Early Dismissals Put The New Zealand Cricket Team Ahead
ICC top-ranked T20I batter Muhammad Rizwan and third-ranked Babar Azam are both Pakistan cricket’s strengths and weaknesses. When the duo gets going, there’s no bowling apart in the world that they have not torn apart. But this has made the entire batting line-up too dependent on their openers.
This game is the prime instance of the duo’s significance to the side. Both Rizwan and Babar fell early and the middle order failed to back up when they were tested early on a tricky Christchurch track.
After a cautious start, Rizwan departed for 16 off 17 while Babar for 21 off 23.
With the sort of performances they have been putting up in the last few years together, they are rightly cut some slack to have a couple of failures here and there, but not sure if that should be the case with the matters that come after them.
Bracewell Weaves A Web Around Pakistan Cricket
New Zealand cricket is famous for its green tracks where pace bowlers are supported with both swing and bounce, but the Hagley Park wicket was a tad different.
The pitch supported spinners instead as the ball held in the wicket and did not come nicely to the bat, at least in the first innings. However, it seemed like everything changed when the New Zealand cricket openers came to bat.
In particular, it was Michael Bracewell who stood head and shoulders above the regular spinners to push the Pakistan cricket team on the back foot with his scintillating figures of 3/11 in four overs.
His 2.75 economy meant that the visitors would be limited to a low score.
The off-spinner even troubled right-handed batters like Iftikhar Ahmed and Haider Ali, which is not usually the case as off-spinners are considered lethal solely for left-handed batsmen.
Even Babar and Rizwan were seemingly struggling to get runs in the powerplay where Williamson had put Bracewell into bowl two overs.
Pakistan Cricket’S Middle Order Falls Apart
With the openers returning to the dugout early and Shan Masood failing to impress again since his return, the middle order was tested quite early.
Iftikhar and Haider took their time, but both fell before even reaching the late overs to make the most of the balls they absorbed.
Asif Ali, who the Pakistan cricket team looks to for getting them a flurry of boundaries in the final overs, failed to hit a six in his 20-ball 27*.
The Men in Green have had their middle-order woes ever since the last T20 World Cup where Muhammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik took reigns in the middle.
Now that Malik has been dropped and Hafeez has bid farewell to the sport, it is taking quite some time for Babar and co to find dependable replacements for the veteran who can deliver the goods when the going gets tough.
They are depending on individual brilliance who can win them a game or two now and then, but need a couple of reliable batters who can play according to the situation in contrast to having a one-dimensional game.
Haider, Iftikhar, Khushdil, and Asif have been disappointing in the last few innings. They haven’t read the game well and that results in either a failed chase or a low total that is insufficient for the bowlers to defend.
Walking into the World Cup in Australia after this Tri-series, Babar’s unit will have an uphill task of confiding in any two of the available middle-order batters, especially with every one of them being equally unreliable for now.
Jolts Bowlers Finn Allen Of New Zealand Cricket
Finn Allen hasn’t been opening for a long time for the Black Caps, but the way he batted against the Pakistan cricket team may have earned him the opening spot for a long time.
Despite a low total on the line, the right-handed opener took the attack to the bowlers, smacking them all over the park.
Babar put Iftikhar in to control his striking, but the batter did not hold back from hitting the spinner back as well. As a result, Iftikhar was not put in again after conceding 14 in his only over.
Allen scored 62 off 42 which included a whopping six sixes. He departed after Shadab Khan outsmarted him, but he had done the job by then.
Seeing Allen go berzerk from the other end, Devon Conway took on the anchor role. He finished the game on 49 unbeaten off 46.
In Martin Guptill’s absence, Allen has a significant chance to cement the opening spot and form a lethal left-right combination with Conway who is equally dangerous on his day regardless of the format.
Positives For Pakistan Cricket's Naseem And Shadab
Pakistan cricket was down and out in the game as if they almost gifted New Zealand cricket the game to become 1-1 with the hosts in the series. But they still walked away with a few positives.
Playing in place of Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah was good to watch. He was coming back from an illness but did not let the New Zealand cricket openers get the better of him.
He went for only 18 runs in his 3.1 overs in a game where most quicks of the pace cartel were going for boundaries.
Shadab was impressive as well. He did not click with the bat, but he picked the only wicket among the Pakistan cricket team’s bowlers, as he got Allen stumped.
Shahnawaz Dahani and Mohammad Wasim conceded 21 and 19, respectively, in their two overs each. They weren’t at their A-game, but having the experience of defending a low score will help them walk into big games in the ongoing series as the World Cup in Australia.
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