Today we have a clash between Pakistan and New Zealand, the two top class teams. Pakistan are already high on confidence after beating India in their opening clash. And New Zealand plays their first match today, and planning to gain some momentum entering the tournament. We will discuss who win Man of the Match award in Pakistan vs New Zealand match?
After winning toss, Pakistan opted to field first. The powerplay of the first innings was an average. Pakistan have taken 1 wicket and New Zealand scored 42 runs in the powerplay. And then Pakistan spinners never let them out of the game. They take wickets at crucial intervals and did not let them to score free runs. It is interesting that three batsmen reached 25 but no one crossed the 27 run mark. New Zealand lacks momentum and only scored 134 on the board. Haris Rauf was the pick of the bowlers with his 4 wickets.
Chasing a below par total, New Zealand want to take some early breakthroughs and they did that. They sent Pakistan captain Babar Azam back in pavilion in the powerplay only. New Zealand took wickets at regular intervals and the game was evenly poised at the 10 over mark. But, as this is a below par total, 1 or 2 big overs can change the momentum of the game. Mohammad Rizwan played the anchor innings on one side. And Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali finished the game for Pakistan and win this game by 5 wickets. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers with his two main wickets i.e. Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman.
Who won Man of the match for Pakistan vs New Zealand Match?
Haris Rauf, for his brilliant spell, giving only 22 runs in his 4 overs and also taken 4 important breakthroughs, including Devon Conway and Martin Guptill, was adjudged as the Man of the Match in Pakistan vs New Zealand match. Before this World Cup, many people doubted Haris Rauf’s selection in the Pakistan squad. He is now proving his critics wrong by his clinical performances.
With this Pakistan sits on the top of the table and inching closer to that semifinal spot. Their fans know how important is this win. This really is Pakistan’s fortress. This is where these young guys have grown up. This team has everything. They have batting, bowling and most importantly UAE template.