Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Pakistan beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the first semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday, November 9. Batting first after winning the toss, the Kiwis came up with a disappointing effort and were held to 152/4 in their 20 overs. Pakistan chased the target with ease in 19.1 overs to book their place in the T20 World Cup 2022 final on Sunday. Here are the player ratings for the first semi-final between Pakistan and New Zealand.

Pakistan 

Mohammad Rizwan (9/10): Rose to the occasion on the big day. Guided Pakistan’s chase with an excellent half-century. His 57 set the tone of Pakistan’s innings.

Shaheen Afridi (9/10): Was brilliant with the ball again. Dismissed Finn Allen and Kane Williamson. Gave away 24 runs.

Babar Azam (8.5/10): Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Struggled right through the Super 12s but lifted his game when it mattered the most. He had a slice of luck early on, but once he got his eye in, he matched Rizwan stroke to stroke.

Mohammad Haris (7/10): Played yet another impressive cameo. Scored 30 off 26. Took on the pace of Lockie Ferguson.

Shadab Khan (7/10): Effected the run-out of Devon Conway with a direct hit. Was wicketless with the ball but conceded only 33. 

Naseem Shah (7/10): Was impressive yet again. Although he did not pick up any wicket with the ball, he only gave away 30 runs in four overs.

Haris Rauf (6/10): Could not claim a wicket but conceded a reasonable 32 runs in his four overs. 

Mohammad Nawaz (6/10): Bowled two overs. Got the big scalp of Glenn Phillips caught and bowled.

Mohammad Wasim Jr (4.5/10): Bowled only two overs. Went for 15. Did not claim a wicket.

Shan Masood (No Rating): Faced only four balls.

Iftikhar Ahmed (No Rating): Did not face a ball.

New Zealand

Daryl Mitchell (8.5/10): Scored a wonderful half-century in a T20 World Cup semi-final for the second year in a row. Was New Zealand’s best batter. Lifted them past 150, striking three fours and a six.

Mitchell Santner (6.5/10): Got the wicket of Mohammad Haris after the game was done and dusted. Ended with figures of 1 for 26.

Kane Williamson (6/10): Scored 46 but took 42 balls for the same. Hit only one six and a four. Was bowled by Shaheen Afridi just when New Zealand needed him to accelerate the innings.

Trent Boult (5.5/10): Ended with decent figures of 2 for 33, dismissing Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam. However, he was expensive at the start when New Zealand needed early wickets.

Ish Sodhi (5/10): Bowled four overs for only 26 but could not pick up a wicket. 

James Neesham (4/10): Could not get the big hits at the death. Was unbeaten on 16 off 12, which included only one four.

Lockie Ferguson (3.5/10): Was ineffective and expensive. Registered figures of 0/37 in his four overs.

Devon Conway (3/10): Scored a slow 21 off 20 before being run out by a direct hit from Shadab Khan. Could have survived had he dived. Dropped a tough chance of Babar Azam in the first over of Pakistan’s chase.

Glenn Phillips (3/10): Was dismissed for 6. Chipped a simple return catch to Mohammad Nawaz.

Tim Southee (3/10): Was off-color. Went for 24 in 3.1 overs. Did not claim a wicket.

Finn Allen (2/10): Began with a boundary before being trapped lbw by Shaheen Afridi for 4. 

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