Four key moments in Pakistan’s stunning semi-final win

Pakistan head to Melbourne and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final after a stunning victory against New Zealand in Sydney on Wednesday.

Match Highlights
November 09 22

Supreme Pakistan sees New Zealand secure final spot | Match Highlights | T20WC 2022

Match Highlights: Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets to seal their place in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Final.

It was Pakistan’s best performance in the tournament so far, with the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan showing up when it mattered most to set up a successful chase.

But apart from the brilliance of Babar and Rizwan, there were pivotal moments that sent Pakistan to the final.

T20 World Cup
November 09 22

Four, DRS reversal, wicket: Spectacular debut at SCG | T20WC 2022

The New Zealand-Pakistan semi-final got off to a spectacular start with Shaheen Afridi’s opener at SCG.

Restricting New Zealand in the Powerplay was always going to be key for Pakistan, and early wickets were high on the wish list after being asked to play first.

If you had to pick one player to take this new ball in world cricket, it’s probably Shaheen Afridi, and the Pakistani bowler delivered on the big stage as he almost always does.

The finger was raised twice inside the first three balls of the innings as the bad inswingers had Finn Allen in all sorts of trouble. A big inside advantage on the first call gave the opener a one-ball reprieve, but the New Zealand right-hander’s dismissal rolled the innings back early on.

Shaheen took only one wicket in the Powerplay but his first victory set the tone.

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November 09 22

Brilliant direct hit from Shadab ends Conway pass | T20WC 2022

New Zealand fly-half Devon Conway is dismissed with a brilliant direct hit from Pakistani ace Shadab Khan.

Black Caps were limited throughout Powerplay, missing the opportunity for a quick start. And yet, with Devon Conway and Kane Williamson established in the crease, there was a platform on which the Kiwis would have hoped to build a sizable total.

Conway is the key to the New Zealand batting order and the third batter in world cricket at the moment, so dismissing him via a run out was a huge, defining moment in the game.

It wasn’t even a particularly misjudgment on New Zealand’s part to run away; it needed a piece of the pitch of the absolute highest quality to take the wicket.

Shadab Khan is one of the best defenders in the world, but even for him the swoop and direct hit was magic.

T20 World Cup
November 09 22

Dangerman Phillips sacking adds to New Zealand woes | T20WC 2022

Glenn Phillips is caught and knocked down by Mohammad Nawaz as Pakistan continue to pressure New Zealand in their 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final.

It has been a tricky tournament for Mohammad Nawaz at times, with the all-rounder embroiled in tough times during his side’s defeats in the group stage.

So there was something particularly heartwarming about seeing the left arm spinner make a big impact.

Glenn Phillips has been in very decent form throughout this tournament and could have taken the Kiwis to a tough total. But he was tricked into the steal by Nawaz, crushing a catch back to the bowler.

Pakistan had appeared in complete control throughout their chase, but there was just a hint of pressure which was beginning to mount when the target went to 19 balls from 15.

Had that kind of required number drifted in Mitchel Santner and Tim Southee’s final two overs, New Zealand would have had a chance to snatch it in the end, but Mohammad Haris removed the pressure just as it did. surface.

It was only the 21-year-old’s fourth T20I, but he stepped up with consecutive limits in the 18th, followed by a flowing four with a huge hook that sailed the square leg for six.

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