Top-5 factors of Pakistan’s victory: Shaheen took important wickets, Babar-Rizwan stamped victory

Factors of Pakistan's Victory
Factors of Pakistan's Victory

Factors of Pakistan’s Victory: The Pakistani team has reached the final of the T20 World Cup 2022. In Wednesday’s first semi-final, they defeated New Zealand by 7 wickets. After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to bat first. Shaheen Shah Afridi destroyed his top order. Pakistan was set a target of 153 runs by New Zealand.

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As a reply, Pakistan’s opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan played well. Pakistan won the match easily after both players hit half-centuries. Strong in bowling, batting, and fielding. After 13 years, Pakistan reached the final of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan won the match because of five factors. Here are five factors to consider.

After 13 years in the World Cup final, Pakistan beat New Zealand by 7 wickets, Babar-Rizwan made an opening partnership of 105 runs

Here are 5 Factors of Pakistan’s Victory

5. Shaheen’s accurate bowling

At the beginning of the crucial match, Pakistan’s star pacer Shaheen Afridi gave the team victory. Shaheen Afridi took two wickets. In his very first over, he walked New Zealand’s aggressive opener Finn Allen. When Kane Williamson stood at the crease and started playing big shots, Shaheen took his wicket in the 17th over. Both wickets came at crucial times. In four overs, Shaheen conceded just 24 runs. The economy rate of his company was 6.

4. Shadab run out

After Finn Allen was bowled, Kane Williamson took over the innings. The two formed a partnership. Shadab’s runout in the sixth over turned the match in Pakistan’s favor. Conway plays the ball towards mid-off in an attempt to steal a single. Shadab Khan threw fast toward the wickets, but the direct hit went on the stumps. Conway is run out for a duck. In the powerplay, Pakistan took two wickets. Only 21 runs were scored by Conway.

3. Babar – Rizwan’s scintillating start

This tournament has been plagued by failures for the opening pair of Babar-Rizwan. Once again, the pair appeared in rhythm in the semi-finals. While chasing the target, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan gave Pakistan a brilliant start. In this World Cup, Pakistan’s openers shared a 50-run partnership for the first time. Between the two of them, there was a partnership of 105 runs for the opening wicket.

2. Best bowling with the old ball

The Pakistani bowlers used the old ball extensively on the Sydney ground. Throughout the match, the team looked in rhythm. With the old ball, all the bowlers performed well after taking the wicket. There was not a single bowler who gave an economy higher than 8.25.

1. Choking New Zealand in the knockout match

It is common for New Zealand to make mistakes at crucial times. The same thing happened this time as well. If the ODI and T20 World Cups are combined, there have been 20 World Cups. As a result, New Zealand has qualified for the semi-finals 12 times. However, New Zealand has never won a World Cup. New Zealand also chokes in knockout matches, just like South Africa. Basically, this team wins and loses. Earlier, New Zealand played the finals of the 2015, 2019 and 2021 World Cups without winning.

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