Pakistan are on the brink of elimination in the Group 2 of ICC WorldT20 2016 after their loss to a well drilled New Zealand side who have qualified for the semifinal spot in the event.
Pakistan’s hopes of staying alive in the tournament were depended on getting a win out of here in this game.The daunting total of 181 runs was the score set by New Zealand for Pakistan to chase down in order to get their second win of the tournament.
Sharjeel Khan’s looked a top draw among all batsmen as he scored 47 runs off 25 balls to provide Pakistan with an ideal platform to capitalize on the middle overs of the innings..The left handed batsman struck ten fours in his innings before the Power play was over.Pakistan team fifty came up in just 24 balls to give ideal impetus to chase down a mammoth total.
Once Sharjeel Khan was dismissed,Pakistan chances evaporated quickly as batsmen down the order could not muster regular boundaries and runs to keep up with the asking rate.The last five overs saw Pakistan batsmen scoring no boundaries which saw their chances getting diminished for qualifying through to the semifinals.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first on green tinge pitch produced at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium,Mohali.Martin Guptill played a blinder as he scored 80 runs off 48 balls that included ten fours and three sixes.He was given by adequate back up by the likes of Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor that catapulted the team to post a score of 180 runs after 20 overs.
New Zealand won the match by 22 runs as Pakistan could only 158 runs in their allotted overs and became the first team to claim their semifinal spot in ICC WorldT20 2016