MOHALI – New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 Tuesday after opener Martin Guptill smacked 80 off 48 balls to set up a 22-run win against a wayward Pakistan.
The Black Caps posted a strong 180 for five before restricting Pakistan to 158-5 off 20 overs on a sporting wicket at the Punjab Cricket Association ground in Mohali. The win extended the Kiwis’ unbeaten streak in the tournament and also ensured them a place in the last four, their second semi-final of a global event since the last year.
Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan had threatened to run away with the game after a blistering 25-ball 47 but his dismissal in the sixth over helped the Black Caps claw back on the back of some disciplined bowling and fielding. Sharjeel gave Pakistan a flying start, hitting nine fours and a six, but the rest of the batsmen failed to rise up to the task.
His sparkling innings came to an end when he holed to Guptill off Adam Milne, and it was all downhill thereafter for Pakistan. Guptill was the star of the show, smacking three sixes and 10 fours in his match-winning knock after skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat.
Ross Taylor chipped in with an unbeaten 23-ball 36 to help his side put up a strong total on the board. After a tentative start, Guptill smacked a huge six and a boundary off left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan in the second over to set the pace for his innings.
Irfan’s new ball partner Mohammad Amir was not spared either, whacked for three fours by Guptill, the last two off consecutive balls. The Kiwis raced to 62-0 off eight overs before Williamson was caught off Irfan for 17. Pakistan struck again soon with captain Shahid Afridi (2-40) sending back new batsman Colin Munro (seven) in the first over that he bowled.
Guptill appeared unruffled as he raced to his 10th half-century in T20 internationals with a couple off Afridi, prompting a standing ovation from his teammates in the dressing room. But just as Guptill looked set for a bigger score, he chopped on to his stumps off Mohammad Sami, who was most impressive among the bowlers with figures of 2-23.
Pakistan’s chances of advancing in the tournament now appear slim with their second defeat in a row.
M Guptill b Sami 80
K Williamson c Afridi b Irfan 17
C Munro c Sharjeel b Afridi 7
C Anderson c Malik b Afridi 21
R Taylor not out 36
L Ronchi c Malik b Sami 11
G Elliott not out 1
EXTRAS: (lb 4, w 3) 7
TOTAL: (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 180
FOW: 1-62, 2-75, 3-127, 4-132, 5-164
BOWLING: Amir 4-0-41-0, Irfan 4-0-46-1, Sami 4-0-23-2, Wasim 4-0-26-0, Afridi 4-0-40-2
Sharjeel c Guptill b Milne 47
Ahmed c Guptill b Santner 30
Khalid Latif c Elliott b Santner 3
Umar Akmal c Guptill b Milne 24
Afridi c Anderson b Sodhi 19
Shoaib Malik not out 15
Sarfraz Ahmed not out 11
EXTRAS: (lb 5, w 4) 9
TOTAL: (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 158
FOW: 1-65, 2-79, 3-96, 4-123, 5-140
BOWLING: Santner 4-0-29-2, Anderson 2-0-14-0, Milne 4-0-26-2, McClenaghan 4-0-43-0, Elliott 2-0-16-0, Sodhi 4-0-25-1
TOSS: New Zealand
UMPIRES: Richard Illingworth, Nigel Llong
TV UMPIRE: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
MATCH REFEREE: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
Super 10 Group 1
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
West Indies 2 2 0 0 0 4 +0.893
South Africa 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.816
Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.171
England 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.408
Afghanistan 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.248
Super 10 Group 2
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
New Zealand 3 3 0 0 0 6 +1.283
Pakistan 3 1 2 0 0 2 +0.254
Australia 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.108
India 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.895
Bangladesh 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.749
The Number’s Game
1Number of Pakistan’s fifty-run partnership in the last 11 T20I innings.
1st Occasion that New Zealand have reached the semi-finals of the World T20 for the first time since 2007.
4Half-centuries centuries for Martin Guptill in T20Is in 2016. Only Virat Kohli with five is above Guptill in the list.
8Fifty-plus partnerships between Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill in the last 10 T20I innings the two have played with each other.
19Shahid Afridi has the highest number of sixes hit by a Pakistan batsman in World T20s. Afridi went past Umar Akmal’s 18.
24The number of balls that Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad took to reach their 50-run stand. This was Pakistan’s fastest team 50 in T20Is.
31 Pakistan did not score a single boundary off the last 31 balls of their batting innings.
39 Shahid Afridi now has the highest number of wickets for any bowler in World T20s. Afridi overtook Lasith Malinga’s 38 wickets.
41The number of runs that M Amir conceded in his four overs is the highest that he has conceded in his T20I career.
66 Pakistan scored 66 runs in the powerplays. This was the highest number of runs they scored in powerplays in World T20s.
376 Martin Guptill has scored 376 runs against Pakistan in T20Is. This is the third-highest for a batsman against one particular team. Guptill has the highest for any batsman having scored 424 runs against South Africa. JP Duminy is second with 378 runs against Australia.