Follow the highlights from the first ICC T20 World Cup 2022 semi-final as New Zealand and Pakistan lock horns at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Wednesday, November 9.
Well that brings us to the end of our live coverage from this game. Join us again tomorrow as turn our attention to the second semifinal where India take on England at the Adelaide Oval. Surely we'll be in for another cracking contest with the Toss scheduled for 1 PM IST. Till then it's goodbye from us.
Pakistan reach their third T20 World Cup Final and first since they lifted the trophy back in 2009. Check out how they did it as we've got all the highlights from the match in pictures for you! - Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights
Babar Azam (Pakistan Captain): Thanks to the crowd. We feel like we're playing at home. Got a good start with the first 6 overs with the ball. Later on the ball didn't come on well. Fast bowlers finished well. We planned before going that we'll utilise the powerplay. He's a young guy and showing his aggression (Haris). He's playing very well. We're going to enjoy this moment. But at the same time have focus on the final.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand Captain): We were put under pressure early. Pakistan bowled very nicely. We managed to wrestle back some momentum with an unbelievable knock from Mitchell. At the halfway stage we were feeling it was a competitive total. Wicket was a bit tough - used surface. Very disappointing to not make Pakistan work a lot harder. They were outstanding. We were outplayed. It's a tough pill for us to swallow. Babar and Rizwan put us under pressure. If we're honest, we wanted to be more disciplined in our areas. At the end of the day, Pakistan certainly deserve to be winners. There's been a lot of good cricket. Throughout the round-robin, we've played nicely. Today we weren't at our best. Having said that, we know the fickle nature of T20 cricket.
Mohammad Rizwan (57 off 43 balls) - Player of the Match: Luckily, the fifty was in the semifinal. Babar and I were struggling but we worked hard and believed. We kept fighting. When we crossed the line, we decided to take the attack to the new ball bowlers. When we finished the powerplay, one of us had to bat deep as it was a tricky pitch. Our start wasn't good, but the guys kept believing.
What a turnaround this is for Pakistan. They were virtually out of the tournament and only handed a lifeline by Netherlands who beat South Africa in their final Super 12 fixture. Babar Azam's men haven't looked back since as they smashed Bangladesh to seal their spot in the semis and have now become the first team to seal their spot in the FINAL.
PAK vs NZ LIVE: Pakistan inches away from Final!
Haris goes for the paddle sweep on the 1st delivery but is beaten. DROPPED! He then uses the reverse sweep on the 2nd delivery and Sodhi dives forward at backward point to take a low catch but cannot hold on. Both batters grab singles off the next two balls. Santner beats the inside edge on the 5th delivery but it slips past the keeper for 3 byes. CAUGHT! Haris is disappointed with himself as he can’t see out the win. However, Pakistan are just 2 runs away from the Finals now.
Pakistan 151/3 after 19 overs.