A rejuvenated Pakistan lifted their game when it mattered the most and stormed into the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Wednesday.
After the Black Caps won the toss and opted to bat, the Men in Green first restricted Kane Williamson & Co. to 152 for four on a sluggish SCG surface and then chased down the set total with consummate ease. Captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan hit attacking half-centuries, giving their side a flying start.
Pakistan eventually reached the finish line in 19.1 overs and booked a place in the final after 13 years. This will be their third appearance in the T20 World Cup finals. They finished as runners-up in the inaugural edition in 2007 before sealing the trophy two years later.
Here is how the cricket fraternity reacted to Pakistan’s victory:
Yay 😀 clinical performance congratulations 🥳 to team Pakistan 🇵🇰 and of course to all Pakistanis . Now let’s enjoy the finals . #PakvsNz #T20WorldCup2022
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) November 9, 2022
From a back door entry to a seat at the main table.. Well done @TheRealPCB that was a serious win!! #ICCT20WorldCup2022
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) November 9, 2022
One piece of the puzzle 🧩 has been fixed, Pakistan 🇵🇰 in the #T20WorldCup Final. Such a great atmosphere here @scg
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) November 9, 2022
From 💔 at the G & devastation v Zim to 1st win of the Cup & an almighty partnership from Ifthikar/Shadab to bring them back from the brink. 🙏 to the Netherlands, fortune/composure v Bang then turning it on at the SCG. What a ride. It’s on!🇵🇰 #Corneredtigers #T20worldcup
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) November 9, 2022
Congratulations to Babar Azam and the team for a great win.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 9, 2022
CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN! 🇵🇰😍
Shabaash boys, our team definitely knows how to win games and hearts 💚#PakistanZindabad #NZvPAK #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ttHRLLgeKL
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) November 9, 2022
Admirable journey in this World Cup for team Pakistan coming from behind. #PakvsNz
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 9, 2022
Congratulations @TheRealPCB for getting into the finals ..credit to the team and management .. @iMRizwanPak and @babarazam258 well played .. Hoping for India vs Pakistan FINALS 🤞🏼 @BCCI @ICC @T20WorldCup
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 9, 2022
Well played @TheRealPCB & congratulations on making it to the finals 👍
Kudos to the @BLACKCAPS for their effort in the semis 👏 #T20WorldCup #T20Iworldcup2022
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) November 9, 2022
FINAL HERE WE COME 🇵🇰#PakistanZindabad #T20WorldCup @TheRealPCB @babarazam258 #PakvsNz #final
— Urooj Mumtaz Khan (@uroojmumtazkhan) November 9, 2022
-PAKISTAN INTO THE FINALS!!
Congratulations Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 Great 💯 partnership by Babar and Rizwan👏🏼 superb spell by Shaheen✨ and an excellent finish by Haris!! All we needed to win this Matchh!! #PakvsNz #SemiFinals #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/XGmhccPESE
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) November 9, 2022
Off to the FINAL! Our boys outclassed the Kiwis in all 3 departments sp in fielding! And Babar lead from the front we needed this! Mubarak to everyone 🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 9, 2022
T20 World Cup final for Pakistan!
Amazing scenes at SCG. Boys have their ticket to Melbourne.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 9, 2022
Seems unreal but it’s Real #Final Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad 😍 pic.twitter.com/Xfag4QL7DU
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) November 9, 2022
ALHAMDULLILAH 🤲🏻. Congrats to the entire Nation🇵🇰. We are in the Finals👏#T20WorldCup2022 #PakistanZindabad https://t.co/5vuw5Zh68w
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) November 9, 2022
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CATEGORY: T20 World Cup
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