T20 World Cup 2022 Semi-Final Starts With A Bang And Ends With Pakistan Victory
Pakistan who have now won four matches in a row since the tournament started having successive last-ball losses to India and Zimbabwe, will face India or England in Sunday Finals at the MCG, with those two teams will be played in Thursday 2nd semi-final in Adelaide.
Babar Azam got back in shape when the resurgent Pakistan defeated New Zealand by seven wickets to attain their first T20 World Cup final since winning the competition in 2009.
Babar's team restricted New Zealand to 152-4 in Wednesday's first semifinal in Sydney, before hitting the target with five balls left when the skipper banished his Super 12 blues with 53 of 42 deliveries in an opening score of 105 out of 76 balls with Mohammad Rizwan (57 out of 43).
Pakistan team mentor Matthew Hayden had promised Babar that he would contribute something very special in the semifinals and the 28-year-old was on the right track, albeit with a huge hand from Conway.
Pakistan now dreams of another world title in Australia, 30 years after Imran Khan's cornered tigers rally to win the ODI version after, like the current crop, it was on the verge of being eliminated and then defeated New Zealand in the semifinals.
The Pakistan team of 2022 needed a shocking defeat for South Africa to the Netherlands to reach the semi-finals, but are now only one win away from their first world cup title in 13 years.
For New Zealand, hopes of a third World Cup final in four years had been dashed, with runner-up in last year's T20 World Cup in Australia and the 50 over World Cup in England in 2019 last victims of a revived Pakistan.
New Zealand captain Williamson said: “Thanks to Pakistan they were too good. At halftime we felt we had something to defend there, but Pakistan excelled with the bat.
For Pakistan, final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. For the competition, the second semi-final will be played at Adelaide Oval on Thursday between India and England. Watch T20 World Cup match live on 11ic 9Wickets Sports and enjoy the intense moment of the game.