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Friday, March 31, 2023

Pakistan through to the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

Pakistan are through to the final of the International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup after beating New Zealand by 7 wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

The Asians are a talented unit but are well known for their inconsistencies.

However, at the famous SCG this Wednesday, they decided to play their best cricket.

Pakistan lost their first two games of the super 12 to Zimbabwe and India and looked out of the reckoning.

However, they won their next four group games coupled with other results going their way they managed to sneak into the semi-finals where they completed a remarkable victory over one of the tournament favourites.

It was almost the perfect match for them as they picked up a wicket with the third ball and then restricted New Zealand to 38 for 2 in the power play.

Pakistan were outstanding in the last six overs, allowing just 53 runs off those 36 deliveries as New Zealand laboured to 153 for three in their 20 overs.

Then, with the bat they dominated.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan raced through the power play, crashing 55 runs in those six overs.

Even the late strikes that their opponents managed meant little as Pakistan go through to another World Cup final.

They now await the winner between India and England who clash this Thursday at the Adelaide Oval.

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