The Pakistan cricket team, after a huge win against India, also outplayed New Zealand in the 19th World Cup match held at Sharjah. Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first. No doubt with the decision to bowl as they’ve some of the most outrageous bowlers in form.

It was Pakistan’s second victory at the Super 12 stage and the Green Army is looking dangerous and merciless as they move forward in the competition.

New Zealand vs Pakistan – Post-Match cricket analysis stats data
New Zealand vs Pakistan match summary

Batting first, the Black Caps posted a low score of 134/8 in 20 overs which was later chased down by Pakistan in 18.4 overs losing five wickets.

Now, let us look at some key aspects of the game and analyze the same.

The Sluggish touch with the bat by the Black Caps

Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell opened the batting for New Zealand but were restricted to play any shots during their first over with the bat. Shaheen Shah Afridi, the danger man-in-form for Pakistan started with the bowl thus managing to bowl a maiden during the first over of the first innings.

The runs for New Zealand started to come during the second over by Imad. However, both the batsmen started cautiously and also managed to deal with the powerplay quite sluggishly but also lost a wicket during the sixth over thus breaking the initial partnership.

Both the openers were off the crease by the ninth over and post that New Zealand batters were seen to be dominated by the bowling put across by the Pakistani bowlers.

New Zealand vs Pakistan – Post-Match cricket analysis stats data
Bowlers’ performance stats

Williamson’s sudden dismissal with a run out by Hasan Ali during the 14th over also proved to be a major setback for the Black Caps as their skipper was looking to be in good touch at 25 runs.

36 runs were contributed by both the openers followed by Kane Williamson- DP Conway’s 34 runs and last but not the least Conway and GD Phillips’s 26 runs helped NZ to post a score of 134/8. It’s only seven times that T20 World cup has seen a score of 134 (or less) been defended successfully.

Also, Afridi bowling 65% of his bowls over 140 kph challenged the batsmen to a greater extent. Also, the bowlers conceeding the minimum during 7-10th over and just 34 runs during 16-20th over and also taking four wickets during the latter, proved to be majorly impactful for the batting side, thus settling for a low score.

Haris Rauf the extreme pacer from Pakistan who rarely bowls a slow bowl was also declared the man-of-the-match for his outstanding performance with the bowl. He bowled four overs with an economy of 5.5 and took away four vital wickets.

The comfortable chase

The star openers who opened against India, both Md Rizwan and Babar Azam started with the bat for Pakistan. Both were looking dangerous and were looking in good touch as they started the chase slowly but cautiously.

New Zealand vs Pakistan – Post-Match cricket analysis stats data
Batters’ performance stats

Both Santner and Southee from NZ with the bowl managed to give a bit of pressure by bowling tighter lines against the great Pakistani openers. Southee with a stunner of delivery bowled Babar Azam during the sixth over and Pakistan was just 28/1 during 5.1 over.

Although it was a low-scoring game, the pressure was there on the batsmen as the Blackcaps were successful in creating pressure early in the second innings by bowling superbly.

Two important partnerships that worked for Pakistan were:

Rizwan and Azam are responsible for 28 runs from 31 balls initial partnership while Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali’s unbeaten 48 runs from just 23 deliveries – something that proved to be fatal for the black caps towards the final stage of the game. These two important partnerships helped them reach their target comfortably during the 19th over.

From New Zealand, it was Ish Sodhi who bowled his four overs giving away 28 runs while managing to take two wickets.

Pakistan is in tremendous form and are looking unstoppable at this point of the tournament.