Pakistan in the cold weather and thankfully no rains today, started the T20I tri series with a win. Pakistan sweat to beat Bangladesh in New Zealand, which makes their next game on Saturday, interesting. The next back to back T20I will be played between the host New Zealand and the visitors Pakistan. Bangladesh, the other visiting team to New Zealand also played good cricket. The Bangladesh bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan below 170 on a batting track.
The bouncy pitch used nicely by Pakistan bowlers to change the game as a one sided affair. Pakistan’s reliable opener and the world’s number 1 T20I batter scored another half century. Pakistan scored 167/5 with the help of Mohammad Rizwan’s half century. Rizwan scored 78 runs off 50 balls at a strike rate of 156. The other two Shan Masood and captain Babar Azam also chipped in. Babar Azam did well to let no wicket fall in the powerplay. In the powerplay of 6 overs, Pakistan were 43/0.
Bangladesh tried their best to play out all their 20 overs and lost the match by 21 runs. However, professional cricket played by Pakistan even after resting Naseem Shah.
The scores: Pakistan 166/5, Bangladesh 146/8. All the Pakistan five bowlers picked at least one wicket. A 52 run opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan was the best for Pakistan to beat Bangladesh. Pakistan collected 2 points from this victory.
Rizwan shuts down his critics
Rizwan showed why he’s the number 1 batter in the ICC T20I ranking. He said so many remarkable words in the post match interview. In another report, more will be discussed and about what Rizwan said. But Pakistan’s middle order failed again. However, the top order clicked a bit and Pakistan was looking to score more than 180 on this track. The game on Saturday will definitely prove whether Babar and Rizwan duo are far better than the others.
Pakistan scored 167/5 with the help of Mohammad Rizwan’s half century. Rizwan scored 78 runs off 50 balls at a strike rate of 156. A bonus victory for Pakistan even after losing the toss.
The next match is on Saturday. #PakvNZ
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