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PAK vs NZ T20 World Cup Semifinal Live Match Update 

PAK vs NZ T20 World Cup Semifinal Live: On Wednesday, November 9, New Zealand will face Pakistan in the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Before the game, let’s go over the previous NZ vs PAK T20 World Cup match and the scorecard from that game.

On October 26, 2021, New Zealand faced Pakistan in a Super 12 game at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in their final T20 World Cup match. It was a low-scoring game that the Men in Green won.

After Babar Azam asked the Kiwis to bat first, Haris Rauf wreaked havoc with the ball. The Blackcaps posted a respectable total of 134/8 on the board, relying on skipper Kane Williamson (25) and Devon Conway (27). Rauf finished his four overs with figures of 4/22.

New Zealand made some tactical changes in the game, such as starting Daryl Mitchell at No. 1 and moving James Neesham to No. 4. Those moves, however, were ineffective against an in-form Pakistani pace attack.

Mitchell and Martin Guptill got their team off to a slow start. They put on 36 runs for the first wicket before Rauf struck first. Mitchell also left soon after, having scored 27 points on 20 balls.

Pakistan’s bowlers maintained the pressure by hitting the correct line and length. Because the boundaries were scarce, Williamson and Conway had to rely on singles and doubles. In the end, New Zealand could only muster 134 points in 20 overs.

Mohammad Rizwan got Pakistan off to a good start, scoring 33 off 34 balls. However, wickets continued to fall from the other end as Babar, Fakhar Zaman, and Mohammad Hafeez struggled to get started with the bat.

After reducing Pakistan to 87/5, New Zealand felt some hope. Given the slow conditions and Ish Sodhi’s bowling from one end, the game was set for a perfect finish. However, quickfire knocks from Shoaib Malik (26* off 20) and Asif Ali (27* off 12) put the game out of reach for the Kiwis.

Pakistan will be hoping for a repeat performance, while New Zealand will be looking for vengeance and a second consecutive final berth.

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