Sydney : Pakistan reach the final of Twenty20 World Cup 2022. Pakistan entered the final after defeating New Zealand by seven wickets in the first semi-final match in Sydney. Pakistan managed to overcome the target of 153 runs set by the Kiwis with five balls to spare. Openers Muhammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam scored the half centuries. This is Pakistan’s third T20 World Cup final entry in history.
Kiwis catcher Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first against Pakistan. The Black Caps went on the defensive when three wickets fell in the first 50 runs. The Kiwis batsmen faced the Pac bowlers by spending more balls. Daryl Mitchell scored 53 runs off 35 balls and was Nyasiland’s top scorer. Shaheen Afrid and Mohammad Nawaz took two wickets each for Pakistan.
In response, Pakistan batted cautiously. As the openers put up a 100-run partnership, Pakistan secured victory in the dressing room. The Pak team won by keeping five balls remaining until the last over without conceding anything to the giants. Meanwhile, only three sixes were hit in the match. For New Zealand Trent Boult took two wickets and Mitchell Santner took one wicket each.
The last time Pakistan reached the final of the T20 World Cup was in 2009. In the tournament held in England, Pakistan won the first T20 title by defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets. Prior to that, Pakistan entered the final of the first Twenty20 World Cup held in South Africa in 2007. Pakistan lost by five runs in a thrilling match against India.
Tomorrow is the second semi-final match of the tournament. India will face England in the match in Adelaide. Match at 1.30 pm Indian time.