Sydiney: Pakistan defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 to qualify for the final.
Pakistan reached their target of 153 runs in 19.1 overs, thanks largely to a century opening partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar was out after 53 runs in 42 balls, but not before he and Rizwan put on 105 runs for the first wicket.
Meanwhile, Rizwan scored 57 runs in 43 balls, including five fours. Mohammad Haris also contributed a crucial 30-run knock in 26 balls. Trent Boult had figures of 2-33 in four overs but could not prevent his side from losing the match.
Earlier, Daryl Mitchell hit an unbeaten 53 against some sharp Pakistan fielding and disciplined bowling in the first Twenty20 World Cup semi-final in Sydney on Wednesday.
In the final on Sunday, Pakistan will face either England or India, who meet in Adelaide on Thursday. Teams batting first have won five of the six games played at the Sydney Cricket Ground this tournament, and when Williamson won the toss, he chose to bowl.
In an eventful first over, Finn Allen hit Afridi for four off the first delivery before being given out lbw on the next ball.
After a 42-ball knock that yielded only two boundaries, the New Zealand captain was finally undone by an Afridi yorker, before Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham, who scored 16, added 29 runs in the final three overs.
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