New Zealand carried on their unbeaten spree in the ICC World T20 tournament by gaining a comfortable victory over Pakistan, and securing a berth at the semi-finals.
Skipper Kane Williamson, reading the pitch well, elected to bat first, and right at the start of the game, the daunting Kiwi power was unleashed as openers Guptill and Williamson went in, guns blazing, putting up a 62-run partnership.
A smashing knock of 80 off 48 balls, studded with 10 boundaries and 3 sixes, made Martin Guptill the crowd-favourite and star of the show, with Ross Taylor (36) and Corey Anderson (21) helping to take the total to an impressive 180/5.
In the second innings, Sharjeel Khan (47), hitting 9 fours and a six, seemed to be taking the Greenshirts in the right direction along with Ahmed Shehzad (30), but once his wicket fell, it was a downward spiral, as the momentum could not be maintained. The New Zealand spinners managed to choke the Pakistani batsmen, slowing down the pace till the run-rate climbed to an unachievable target. By the end of 20 overs, Pakistan had only put up 158/5.
Pakistan will now face Australia in the next ‘do or die’ match, losing which will mean elimination from the tournament.