New Zealand hand Pakistan 135-run target in T20 World Cup clash

SuchTV  |  Oct 26, 2021

New Zealand started their innings against Pakistan cautiously, but ended up losing four wickets to Pakistan before hitting three figures.

Martin Guptill, Daryll Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham headed to the pavilion after being dismissed by Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez respectively.

After 10 overs, New Zealand had already lost three wickets to Pakistan's bowling attack.

Earlier, the Kiwis made a cautious start by holding off Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasim, as both Pakistani bowlers kept their line and length.

However, a blistering delivery by Haris Rauf caught Martin Guptill unawares, and shattered his stumps.

Pakistan earlier won the toss and have elected to field first against New Zealand as the green shirts lock horns with the Black Caps today.

"We are going to bowl first," said skipper Babar Azam at the toss. "We will take early wickets and put pressure on them. The second reason is the dew factor [so the team may want to capitalise on it]," he said.

Speaking about the India win, Babar Azam said a victory always gives the team confidence, especially if it is the first one.

"There is always room for improvement so we will try to be consistent," he said, adding that he has made no changes to the playing XI.

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