19th Match, Group 2 (N), Sharjah, Oct 26 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(18.4/20 ov)135/5
Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match

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"It's always good to win, we'll take this confidence forward in the tournament. The way the bowlers, Shaheen and Haris Rauf especially bowled was very impressive," Babar says. "I think we gave them 10 runs too many, but it's cricket and that can happen. We lost wickets early, but I want to give credit to Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali. Every game is crucial. We want to take it game by game and do well in all departments of the game."

"It's very disappointing. at the end," Williamson says. "Unfortunately we couldn't nail things towards the back end but we were up against a very good side in Pakistan and congratulations to them," Williamson says. "It's quite clear as soon as we missed our lengths that there was some value for our shots. It's a very strong Pakistan side and certainly one to watch. It's the way it goes, the margins are small. We'll pick ourselves up and be ready for the next challenge."

Haris Rauf is the Player of the Match. "I want to thank Allah. The team fielded very well and supported the bowlers. The fans supported us throughout and helped us to this win", Haris says. "I've been playing here for two years. We support each other and discuss our plans with each other. That gives us confidence and support. Guptill's dismissal was the key one. They were building momentum at that time. I just want to thank Lahore Qalandars, too, who supported me a lot. They're the reason I'm here."

The New Zealand and Pakistan players shake hands, and Pakistan will feel they're on the brink of the last four now. It's been two dominant performances, and they'll be glad to have their middle and lower order tested tonight.

Faizaan : "Mocked, belittled, dropped throughout Pakistan, but Asif has risen to the occasion and won a match for Pakistan at the greatest stages of All... "

Boult to Asif Ali, 2 runs

They're there! Pakistan have beaten New Zealand by five wickets tonight and stormed back to the top of the table. How quickly did Asif Ali turn that game around. Phenomenal ball-striking on a day when the ball never really came onto the bat

Boult to Asif Ali, SIX runs

back of a length and absolutely heaved over wide long-on - all the way! Asif Ali is on fire in Sharjah tonight! Little wrong with the delivery but that blow puts Pakistan two away

Boult to Asif Ali, no run

struck on the pads

The physio's out to check on Asif once more. Doesn't look 100%, might not be the worst idea if he came off

Boult to Malik, 1 run

had another hoick at it. Mistimed, but it's another run knocked off

end of over 1815 runs
PAK: 126/5CRR: 7.00 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 runs from 12b
Asif Ali19 (9)
Shoaib Malik25 (19)
Mitchell Santner 4-0-33-1
Tim Southee 4-0-25-1
Santner to Asif Ali, no run

dot ball to close out the over but the damage has been done. Pakistan need 9 off 12 now

Niraj Kheria: "@Nit Cric: Don't underestimate Afghanistan. They can be the giant killers in this WC"

Santner to Asif Ali, 2 runs

another little dab into the onside and Pakistan race back for two. The momentum's all Pakistan's now

Santner to Malik, 1 run

chipped into the onside, and, with the damage done, gets to the other end

Santner to Malik, SIX runs

high and long! Six! Pakistan have got this in the bag now, you'd think. Dances down the ground and deposits Santner over the sightscreen

Santner to Malik, 2 runs

goes fuller and flights it a bit more. Malik nurdles it into the onside and rushes back for two

Santner to Malik, FOUR runs

four! beats point and that's the perfect start to the over for Pakistan. Went flat rather than flighting it up, and Malik had time to place it

Nit Cric: "New Zealand winning this will make the group interesting. Otherwise, Sunday is quarterfinals between India and New Zealand." Well, that would be very interesting, too, wouldn't it?

end of over 1713 runs
PAK: 111/5CRR: 6.52 RRR: 8.00 • Need 24 runs from 18b
Asif Ali17 (7)
Shoaib Malik12 (15)
Tim Southee 4-0-25-1
Ish Sodhi 4-0-28-2
Southee to Asif Ali, no run

pace on once more and the bouncer whacks Asif on the helmet. Fantastic comeback by Southee. Asif's down and the bowler goes to check in on him

Southee to Asif Ali, no run

swing and a miss. Got some extra bounce off the surface, Asif's attempted hook doesn't connect

Southee to Asif Ali, no run

that was bowled at pace and it rushes onto Asif. Struck on the pads, New Zealand review. It looks too high. Yep, it's missing comfortably, Asif survives

Southee to Asif Ali, SIX runs

another slower ball, another six!. This over's seeing Pakistan storm back into the driver's seat, and Asif's the man who's taking them there. Pace off again, Asif waited again, and smashed him back over his head, again

Southee to Asif Ali, SIX runs

powered down the ground for six! Slower ball from Southee that Asif saw coming a mile off. Clears long-off comfortably, that was very sweetly struck

Hasham: "Pakistan doing Pakistani thing. Nervousness creeping in and no nails left."

Southee to Malik, 1 run

gives him no pace to work with, just 105 kph. Slashed into the offside

Cricket Simplet: "Asif ali, Haider ali and Ifthikar ahmed, kushdil shah, Hussain talat, danish aziz.. Bunch and bunch of players tried for that Pakistan's 5 and 6 spot that never settled.. This has been the achilles heel of pakistan till date."

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