Babar Azam Haris Rauf© AFP
New Zealand have three wickets down against Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday. Haris Rauf removed Martin Guptill before Imad Wasim got the better of Daryl Mitchell, who was looking sharp during the early exchanges. Mohammad Hafeez then gave Jimmy Neesham his marching orders. Earlier, Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bowl first in Sharjah. Babar Azam and Co. are oozing with confidence, following their convincing 10-wicket win over arch-rivals India on Sunday, and will hope to continue their winning start to the tournament against the Kane Williamson-led side. The Blackcaps, on the other hand, will aim to start their Super 12 campaign on a high, having lost both of their warm-up games against Australia and England, respectively. (LIVE SCORECARD)
T20 World Cup: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Live Cricket Score And Updates From Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Another one bites the dust! Neesham is gone. Mohammad Hafeez gets the wicket on the very first ball of his spell. Fakhar Zaman takes another fine catch.
J Neesham c F Zaman b M Hafeez 1 (2)
NZ: 56/3 (9.1)
Daryl Mitchell is gone. Fakhar Zaman takes an easy catch at long off. Imad Wasim gets his man. NZ now 2 down.
D Mitchell c F Zaman b I Wasim 27 (20)
That’s vintage Williamson. He glances Rauf’s delivery wide of short fine leg for four.
NZ: 42/1 (6 ov)
Big Breakthrough! Haris Rauf castles Guptill. What a delivery.
Guptill b H Rauf 17 (20)
FOUR! NO BALL! FREE HIT!
That’s hit hard. Guptill get’s it over backward point for four. That’s poor bowling from Hasan Ali.
NZ: 35/0 (4.5)
Daryl Mitchell takes the aerial route. Not the start Hasan Ali was hoping for. That’s a massive hit.
NZ: 27/0 (Mitchell: 16*; Guptill 11*)
Guptill gets it past the gap, but that’s poor fielding from the Pakistan player.
FOUR! WHAT A SHOT!
Daryl Mitchell take a bow! Shaheen pitches it short and wide and the Kiwi batter makes the most of it. He slashes it between covers and mid-off for a cracking boundary.
NZ: 15/0 (2.5)
First boundary of the innings, and it comes from the bat of Martin Guptill. 7 off that over from Imad Wasim.
NZ: 7/0 (2 ov)
First run on the board for the Kiwis. Daryl Mitchell comes down the ground an punches for a single.
Shaheen Afridi starts with a maiden over. Pakistan players made a huge appeal for caught behind on the final ball. The umpire shakes his head. Review not taken.
NZ: 0/0 (1 ov)
WE’RE OFF AND RUNNING!
Shaheen Afridi starts with a dot ball. Guptill tries to drive it straight but the bowlers gets his hand to it.
NO TO RACISM!
NZ players take the knee ahead of the start.
HERE ARE THE PLAYING XIs!
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
PAKISTAN WIN THE TOSS!
Babar Azam opts to bowl first.
Can the Pakistan bowlers repeat their exploits from Sunday?
BIG LOSS FOR NZ!
Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the World Cup. The player has suffered a calf tear. Adam Milne has replaced him in the squad.
Babar Azam and Co. have won 3 of the last 5 T2OIs against New Zealand. Pakistan also lead the all time Head-to-Head stats against New Zealand in shortest format of the game.
Matches Played: 24
Pakistan: 14 wins
New Zealand: 10 wins
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