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T20 World Cup: Pakistan beat New Zealand by five wickets

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Sharjah, Oct 26 (IANS) Pakistan beat New Zealand by five wickets in a Super 12 match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, here on Tuesday.

A sensational bowling performance by Haris Rauf (4/22) helped Pakistan restrict New Zealand to 134/8 in 20 overs. Apart from Rauf, fellow pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, and Hafeez picked up a wicket each at the sluggish pitch at Sharjah.

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In reply, Mohammad Rizwan (33), Asif Ali (27 not out) and Shoaib Malik (26 not out) played valuable knocks and led Pakistan to victory with 8 balls to spare.

With this win, Pakistan moved to the top of the points table in Group 2 of the tournament.

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Brief scores:

New Zealand 134-8 in 20 overs (Daryl Mitchell 27, Devon Conway 27; Haris Rauf 4/22) lost to Pakistan 135-5 in 18.4 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 33, Asif Ali 27*; Ish Sodhi 2/28)

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–IANS

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