It was rather heartbreaking for Pakistani fans when New Zealand pulled out of the Pakistan tour at the last minute in September. Well, we had some scores to settle last night. And the boys did not disappoint.
Pakistan underlined their credentials as early Twenty20 World Cup favourites when they held their nerve to beat New Zealand by five wickets on Tuesday and secure a second straight victory in the tournament. Chasing a modest 135 for victory after pace bowler Haris Rauf choked out New Zealand with four wickets, Pakistan were in trouble at 69-4 but crossed the line in 18.4 overs for a fine start in their bid for a second championship.
However, the win wasn't as easy as the one against arch-rivals, India. New Zealand held their own with an almost seamless fielding and bowling attack in the second innings of the match. Pakistani Twitter, as always, entertained the fans throughout the match as they go through varied emotions.
We bring you some of the best.
The security threat no one warned NZ about
New Zealand isn’t safe in Dubai as well, best to pack up and go home— Arhum (@arhuml92) October 26, 2021
The apology we all owe to Haris Rauf, Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali
The much-needed pop culture references
Hanste hoye bande ko Ventilator pr le ana aur phir Ventilator utha kr Nacha dena pic.twitter.com/31W52bxm3i— BUNTY. (@atang_waddi) October 26, 2021
Dil betha ja raha hai 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/98R72cWghe— Brown And Desi 🇵🇰 (@pengistaani) October 26, 2021
Pakistan team in Dressing Room today pic.twitter.com/2pnXHkIdBc— Jasir Shahbaz (@LahoreMarquez) October 26, 2021
It's truly not easy being a Pakistani cricket fan. Here's some proof:
How to make an easy match difficult?— Mariam (@gottaoverthink) October 26, 2021
Guys I think we needed NZ to ditch us for this character development— umair najeeb khan. (@UmairNajeebKhan) October 26, 2021
We're bringing the A-game, baby!
135 to ham petrol nahi detay, match kesy de detay— khizer (@syedkhizerr) October 26, 2021
WE’RE VIRTUALLY IN THE T20 SEMI FINAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2012!!! pic.twitter.com/8M4bAMPNwD— Ammar. (@Ammar_AliKhan) October 26, 2021
how pakistanis gonna sleep today pic.twitter.com/VVdEWE2a9d— Ferez (@FARAZSSHAIKH) October 26, 2021
pehley humne security di phir inhein jeetnay ki umeed aur phir dono cheen li— hussain (@mhussaiin_) October 26, 2021
Here's hoping Pakistan keeps the momentum going!
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