Mohammad Rizwan outlined why he can be a significant weapon for Pakistan within the Twenty20 World Cup, top-scoring in a 21-run victory over Bangladesh in Christchurch on Friday. Rizwan saved up his wealthy vein with an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan posted 167-5, earlier than proscribing their opponents to 146-8. It was the opening match of the week-long event, which additionally options hosts New Zealand. All three groups are utilizing it to arrange for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
The world’s top-order T20 batsman, Rizwan batted via the innings in chilly circumstances on the Hagley Oval, hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 50-ball knock.
It was the 30-year-old’s twenty first fifty within the format, persevering with his kind from final month’s T20I sequence towards England, when he scored 316 runs.
His common of 54.34 within the format is the one one among the many high 150 run-getters. Subsequent finest belongs to India Virat Kohli (50.84).
On a tough, two-pace wicket, Rizwan’s finest got here from the help Shan Masood (31 off 22 balls), after a gap stand of 52 with the captain Babar Azmi (22 out of 25) whereas Taskeen Ahmed (2-25) was Bangladesh’s finest bowler.
Rizwan mentioned that being despatched with persistence laid the muse for the successful rating.
“It was a bit tough in the beginning of the ball however the captain and I made a decision to maintain issues easy,” he mentioned.
“We did very properly however I felt we had been 10 to fifteen runs brief on a pitch like this.
“After that, the bowlers bowled very properly as deliberate.”
Bangladesh chased after Liton Das (35) and Afif Hussain (25) performed an innings of fifty runs in 34 balls for the third wicket.
Gamers from each groups usually slipped on laborious surfaces throughout the week on account of unpredictable climate circumstances.
A chilly blast on Thursday morning coated floor workers and cleared snow from the outfield.
Temperatures remained round a comparatively scorching 12 °C (54F) all through the match, the primary ever staged in New Zealand’s dwelling season.
New Zealand will play Pakistan on Saturday and Bangladesh on Sunday, each on the identical venue.
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