T20 World Cup 2021, Match 19: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Stats Review: Tim Southee’s record, Mohammad Rizwan’s milestone and other stats
Tim Southee became the first New Zealander and the third player overall to take 100 T20I wickets.
Pakistan have certainly become the team to beat in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. After thrashing arch-rivals India by 10 wickets, the Men in Green defeated New Zealand by five wickets. With the other teams in Group 2 being Namibia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Pakistan’s spot in the semi-finals is also pretty certain. At the same time, the Kiwis have some issues to address after this loss.
Speaking of how the game panned out, the coin again landed in Pakistan’s favour and Babar Azam unsurprisingly invited New Zealand to bat in Sharjah. The bowlers put up another clinical show as the Kiwis could only post 134/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Haris Rauf was the wreaker-in-chief for Pakistan, having taken a four-wicket haul. Daryll Mitchell, Kane Williamson and Devon Conway played handy knocks for New Zealand.
Although the target wasn’t daunting, Pakistan’s chase didn’t go smoothly. The top-order batters scored runs at a slow pace and the required run-rate kept mounting up. However, Asif Ali came out at number seven and played a breathtaking cameo. His 12-ball 27 took Pakistan over the line with eight balls to spare.
Meanwhile, here are the important stats and numbers from Pakistan vs New Zealand clash in T20 World Cup 2021:
3 – Tim Southee became the first New Zealander and the third player overall to take 100 T20I wickets. Shakib Al Hasan and Lasith Malinga are the other two holding the feat.
4/22 – Haris Rauf recorded his best figures in T20Is, 4/22.
3 – Haris Rauf also recorded the third-best figure by a Pakistan bowler in a T20 World Cup match.
3 – This was the fifth occasion of Rauf taking four or more wickets in a T20 match.
13 – This was Pakistan’s 13th successive T20I win in the United Arab Emirates.
4 – Among Pakistan batters who scored 25 or more runs in a T20 World Cup match, Asif Ali’s strike rate of 225.00 is the fourth-highest.
850 – Mohammad Rizwan became the first batter to cross the 850-run mark in T20Is in 2021.
2 – This was only the second occasion of Rizwan batting at a strike rate of below 100 in a T20I match where he faced over 30 deliveries.
32 – Shoaib Malik has now returned unbeaten 32 times in a T20I innings. Only MS Dhoni (35) is ahead of him on this list.
2 – Shaheen Afridi’s tally of 42 T20 wickets is the second-highest by a bowler in 2021. Only Wahab Riaz is ahead of him with 45 scalps.
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