MOHALI: After posting a mammoth total of 180-5, New Zealand restricted Pakistan to 158-8 beating them by 22 runs to cement their place in the semi-finals of World Twenty20 here on Tuesday, as Pakistan edged closer to World T20 exit.
Despite blazing start by openers Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shahzad, who scored 47 (25) and 30 (32) respectively, others failed to capitalize on the launching pad provided by the two.
Khalid Latif made 3, Umar Akmal 24, captain Shahid Afridi 19, Shoaib Malik 15 and Sarfraz Ahmed 11 for Pakistan.
Santner and Milne grabbed two wickets each while Sodhi took the other one for the Black Caps.
Earlier, New Zealand’s in-form opener Martin Guptill smashed 80 runs off just 48 balls to lift his side to 180-5 in a crucial World Twenty20 Super 10 encounter against Pakistan here on Tuesday.
The Kiwi opener hit 10 fours and 3 sixes in his fiery innings. Experienced campaigner Ross Taylor also rose to the occasion and played an unbeaten cameo of 36 runs off just 23 balls with 2 fours and a six to finish off the Black Caps innings in style.
Corey Anderson 21 (14) and skipper Kane Williamson 17 runs off 21 deliveries also contributed to the team total.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Sami and captain Afridi grabbed two wickets for 23 and 40 respectively while Irfan got the other wicket for 46 runs.
Williamson had won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan here on Tuesday in a crucial World Twenty20 tie that will pave way for the winner to improve its chances to qualify for the semis.