With a stunning counterattack, Mohammad Nawaz and Haider Ali’s cameos win the tri-series.

With a stunning counterattack, Mohammad Nawaz and Haider Ali's cameos win the tri-series.

Despite Kane Williamson’s 59, Haris Rauf bowled economically for New Zealand, taking 2 for 22.

New Zealand vs. Pakistan, tri-series final, Christchurch, October 14, 2022; Pakistan defeated New Zealand to win the series;

New Zealand 163 for 7 (Williamson 59, Rauf 2-22, Naseem 2-38) were defeated by Pakistan 168 for 5 (Nawaz 38*, Rizwan 34, Bracewell 2-14) by five wickets.

In Christchurch, Pakistan won the tri-series after an outrageous attack by Haider Ali and Mohammad Nawaz caught New Zealand off guard. To counteract a powerplay sluggishness and aid Pakistan in chasing down 164, they scored 33 runs in eight balls starting from the 15th over during their stand. Although Haider and Asif Ali bailed out at the very last moment, Nawaz and Ifthikar Ahmed calmly ended the game for Pakistan for the second day in a row.

Nawaz stepped up with an unbeaten 38 off 22 balls as a pinch-hitting No. 4 once more, giving Pakistan a lot of flexibility for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia after hitting an unbeaten 45 off 20 balls against Bangladesh on Thursday.

When Nawaz and Haider teamed up, Pakistan had 74 for 3 in the 12th over. By taking two for fourteen in his four overs, Michael Bracewell had finished off another miserable spell. But Haider hit the first pitch he faced from Ish Sodhi for a six and then teamed up with Nawaz to score 25 runs off Sodhi in the fifteenth over. After that, there was only one outcome that could occur: Pakistan winning their final T20I before leaving for the World Cup.

How Pakistan’s chances of winning increased with just one big over from Ish Sodhi

Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, found his form with a half-century in 33 balls after being asked to bat. With his variations, Haris Rauf, who was playing in his 50th T20I, handcuffed New Zealand in the final overs, finishing with 2 for 22 in his four overs. In their final five overs, New Zealand could only muster 33 for 4, which was a crucial phase of the game.

Williamson snaps out of his slump

Williamson last hit a fifty in a T20 before Friday, when he opened the batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. In the recent past, his niggly elbow has also interfered with his rhythm. Williamson displayed his best play in a 59-ball innings after being rested for the previous game against Bangladesh.

He jumped out of the gate quickly, hitting four fours in his first five balls, and he never stopped attacking spin. Williamson rushed Nawaz, pumped him into the sightscreen for six, and even made a reverse sweep attempt off Shadab Khan. After New Zealand had lost Devon Conway and Finn Allen during the powerplay, he formed a 50-run partnership with Glenn Phillips off 37 deliveries.

Rauf proves impregnable.

Mohammad Hasnain was replaced by Rauf, who immediately got to work during the powerplay by digging one into the ground and having Conway chop on for 14 out of 17 deliveries. He then increased his speed to 143kph and broke Phillips’ bat’s toe. In addition to hustling batters for speed at the end of the innings, Rauf also dared them to create their own by bowling cutters into the pitch. Pakistan received just seven runs from his final two overs. With his slower legcutter and quick yorkers, Naseem Shah supported Rauf at the other end.

At the New Zealand vs. Pakistan tri-series final on October 14, 2022, in Christchurch, Mohammad Nawaz once again provided valuable death overs work.
Haider Ali and Mohammad Nawaz contributed 56 off just 26 balls.

Bracewell displays his ball skills once more.

Williamson threw the new ball to Bracewell after Trent Boult and Tim Southee, who was playing in his 100th T20I, combined to give up 19 runs in the first two overs. Babar Azam was forced to sky a catch to Wiliamson at midwicket after the offspinner drew a top edge from him. As a result of Bracewell’s victory over left-hander Shan Masood, Pakistan was left at 64 for 2 in the eleventh over. He improved his chances of making New Zealand’s World Cup XI by finishing the series with eight wickets and a remarkable economy rate of 4.94.

Deal-making by Nawaz

Rizwan was declared out by Sodhi for 34 from 29 balls in the following over. However, a quick-fire 56-run fourth-wicket stand between Haider and Nawaz off just 26 balls altered the tone and tempo of the game.

In the early matches of the tournament, Shadab had played for Pakistan as a spin-hitter, and Nawaz performed in that capacity. Nawaz also swatted the inexperienced seamer Blair Tickner into the grassbanks to hasten Pakistan home after smoking Sodhi for back-to-back sixes.

The pace attack of New Zealand lacked the depth and penetration that Pakistan’s had on Friday due to the absence of both Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne.


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