The experience of Shoaib Malik (27 not out) and power-hitting of Asif Ali (27 not out) then quashed New Zealand’s hopes of a late comeback .

Fast bowler Haris Rauf compiled a career-best 4-22 to help Pakistan rally for a five-wicket victory over injury-hit New Zealand on Tuesday at the T20 World Cup.

Rauf’s variations kept New Zealand to 134-8 in its opening Group 1 game after Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss and opted to field.

The experience of Shoaib Malik (27 not out) and power-hitting of Asif Ali (27 not out) then quashed New Zealand’s hopes of a late comeback and carried Pakistan to 136-5 in 18.4 overs to earn the team its second victory in three days.

Asif smashed two late sixes in Tim Southee’s one over and then hoisted Trent Boult over wide mid-on for a six before scampering for two runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

“It’s always good to win. We’ll take this confidence forward in the tournament,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said. “The way Shaheen (Afridi) and especially Haris Rauf bowled was very impressive.”

Pakistan beat India, one of the tournament favorites, by 10 wickets on Sunday. The team has three more games to go against Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland and is now among the contenders for a place in the semifinals.

New Zealand missed fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, who was ruled out of the tournament because of a torn calf before the game. The ICC later approved Adam Milne as the replacement for Ferguson.

Pakistan fans took to Twitter to mock the Kiwis, who had left the country without playing a game due to security concerns ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Here are some of the tweets!

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