Nawaz's Heroics Helped The Pakistan Cricket Team Win T20I 2022 Tri-Series In The New Zealand Cricket Team
Both the Pakistan cricket team and the New Zealand cricket team won two of their three games in the T20I 2022 Tri-series to qualify for the final. The third participant, Bangladesh, failed to win any game though.
Pakistan cricket team ended the series 2-1 against Williamson and co to lift the trophy and will be brimming with confidence on their tour to Australia where they will lock horns with other top teams for the T20 World Cup.
This was also the Pakistan cricket team’s ninth win over the New Zealand cricket team in T20I 2022 series, the most by any visiting team followed by England (7) and Australia (6).
Here are the six main topics of the T20I 2022 Tri-Series Final:
The New Zealand Cricket Team Goes Big In The Powerplay
The major difference between both sides was the way they dealt with the batting power plays. Pakistan cricket team registered the lowest powerplay score of the series at 33/1. In contrast, the New Zealand cricket team got 51 in the first six overs, thanks to skipper Kane Williamson’s blitz.
After Devon Conway and Finn Allen departed early after scoring 12 and 17, respectively, the Kiwi captain had a big knock in a long time. Williamson scored a flurry of boundaries to score 59 off 28.
Williamson has been out of touch for the past year and had been given some stick for his low strike rate in the shortest format of the game.
But this knock will be important for him walking into the T20 World Cup in Australia with a nifty fifty under his belt.
Pakistan Cricket Team's Rauf Tightens Screws Around The Hosts
With 50+ scores in the powerplay and the New Zealand cricket team’s middle order ready to pounce on the Pakistan cricket team in the middle and late overs, Haris Rauf stood tall and showed nerves of steel. His figures were 2/22.
The Lahore Qalandars star’s death bowling restricted the hosts to only 163/7, which proved to be far too little for the Kiwis considering the way the Pakistan cricket team chased it down.
At one point in the first inning, it seemed like Williamson would take his team to 180 or more, but the Pakistan cricket team’s pace cartel and spin duo of Muhammad Nawaz and Shadab kept the batters in check and chipped wickets whenever the batters seemed to have settled.
Naseem dismissed Allen and Mark Chapman, whereas Rauf, who was playing his 50th T20I today, sent Conway and Ish Sodhi back to the pavilion.
Naseem conceded the most runs (38) for the Pakistan cricket team followed by Mohammad Wasim (37).
Bracewell Troubles The Pakistan Cricket Team Again
Off-spinners are generally put in when left-handers are on the crease, but the New Zealand cricket team has somehow reversed the equation.
Williamson has put Michael Bracewell inside the powerplay against Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan twice, and he has impressed on both occasions.
In the final, he conceded only 14 runs and dismissed Babar and Shan Masood to give the hosts a chance. Had the New Zealand cricket team pace cartel not leaked as many runs as they did, the Kiwis may have lifted the trophy.
His slow deliveries were not letting Rizwan or Masood smack boundaries and restricted them to singles only which created pressure on the Pakistan cricket team batters.
He picked eight scalps in five games he played in the series, bowling at an economy of 4.9 to pick up the Player of the Series award. He did not concede any boundaries against the Pakistan cricket team throughout the series.
An Unforgettable Outing For Sodhi
On a track that was helping spinners, Ish Sodhi’s luck did not help him.
The leg-spinner conceded a whopping 58 runs in his quota of four overs, including 25 in his final over which practically gave the Pakistan cricket team control of the T20I 2022 Final.
Going for as many runs also restored the damage that Bracewell and Trent Boult had done with their pitch-perfect bowling in the middle overs.
Both Haider Ali and Nawaz hit two sixes each to get the Men in Green in the driving seat.
Pakistan Cricket Team's Nawaz With The Midas Touch
Muhammad Nawaz has never looked back down since being promoted up the order in the Asia Cup game against India.
The all-rounder has continued his golden form, finishing the game for the Pakistan cricket team in both previous games. He made a 20-ball 45* against Bangladesh yesterday and 38* off 22 today to defeat the series hosts.
He bagged the Player of the game award for his 38 with the bat and 1/33 with the ball.
Has The Middle Order Revived At The Right Time?
Pakistan cricket team has had only middle-order concerns for a long time despite their fast bowlers being injured now and then.
Mohammad Wasim Jr and Shaheen Shah Afridi got injured and Naseem Shah got sick as well, but the abundance of pacers back home always solved their problems with the ball.
It was always the batting that has been their primary affair despite having World’s first and third-ranked batters as their openers.
After Babar departed early today, Masood struggled to find boundaries and continued to struggle before Bracewell got him caught at 19.
Rizwan couldn’t get going either today, but the middle-order batters such as Nawaz, Haider Ali, and Iftikhar Ahmed delivered the goods unexpectedly.
It was the New Zealand cricket team’s game for the taking until Haider and Nawaz began hitting a flurry of boundaries to put the pressure back on Williamson and co.
Haider, who has been struggling to find form ever since his comeback against England in the home series, made a game-changing 31 off 15 and formed a partnership of over 50 runs with Nawaz to give the Pakistan cricket team a lift-off.
He smacked a six off only the second ball he faced, making his intentions clear from the get-go.
Asif Ali faltered on the second ball he faced, but Iftikhar matched Nawaz’s spirit at the end to belter a huge six off Blair Tickner to win the contest. He made 25* off 14 to end his series of low scores.
Pakistan cricket team’s middle order has come back to life just in time before they kick off their World Cup campaign against arch-rival India on October 23, Sunday.
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