Pakistan vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score, T20 WC 2022, 1st Semi-Final: After losing the toss, Pakistan took control of the semifinal with Shaheen Shah Afridi removing Finn Allen in the first over and Devon Conway being run out by Shadab Khan off the last ball of the powerplay. Kane Williamson (46) and Daryl Mitchell (53) added much needed runs to the board as New Zealand finished at 152/4 in their quota of 20 overs.
Skipper Babar Azam (53) and Mohammad Rizwan (57) added 105 runs for the first wicket to all but seal the win for Pakistan. The men in green eventually finished the match with five balls to spare and seven wickets in hand.
PAK vs NZ, Semifinal 1: Captains on the mic
Kane Williamson: "We were put under pressure early. Pakistan bowled very nicely. We managed to wrestle back some momentum with an unbelievable knock from Mitchell. At the halfway stage we were feeling it was a competitive total. Wicket was a bit tough - used surface. Very disappointing to not make Pakistan work a lot harder. They were outstanding. We were outplayed. It's a tough pill for us to swallow.
Babar Azam: "Thanks to the crowd. We feel like we're playing at home. Got a good start with the first 6 overs with the ball. Later on the ball didn't come on well. Fast bowlers finished well. We planned before going that we'll utilise the powerplay."
After featuring in the first two T20 World Cup semifinals, losing to India in 2007 and beating Sri Lanka in 2009, Pakistan are back for the big title match in 2022. Since 2009, the men in green qualified for the final four in three out of the five occasions, losing all three. In 2010, a late show from Michael Hussey powered Australia to a three-wicket win in the last over. In 2012, hosts Sri Lanka bested them by 16 runs. And in 2021, the Aussies would come back to haunt them in dying stages of the game as Matthew Wade took the eventual defending champions across the line. Come 2022, Pakistan didn't leave anything to chance in a comprehensive seven wicket win vs New Zealand.