World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep semi-final hopes alive after handing New Zealand 1st defeat

first_img ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 33 Match Ended World Cup 2019: Pakistan keep semi-final hopes alive after handing New Zealand 1st defeatICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan rode on some fine batting performances from Babar Azam and Haris Sohail and a fiery spell of left-arm fast bowling from Shaheen Afridi to hand New Zealand a 6-wicket defeat on Wednesday. With two wins on the trot, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men have moved to the 6th spot on the points table. 241/4 New Zealand view more view less Akshay Ramesh BirminghamJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 07:45 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan’s Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI hundred vs New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan have climbed to the 6th spot of World Cup 2019 points tableBabar’s classy hundred handed New Zealand their 1st defeat of World Cup 2019Shaheen Afridi broke the back of New Zealand’s batting unit with a fiery spellPakistan’s stunning similarity to their 1992 campaign continued in World Cup 2019 as they kept their chances of making the semi-finals alive by handing New Zealand a 6-wicket thrashing at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.Pakistan had ended New Zealand’s unbeaten run during their title-winning run in a must-win match against the Black Caps and history repeated itself on Wednesday as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men rode on Babar Azam’s class-filled hundred and Shaheen Afridi’s game-changing spell to collect 2 points. Pakistan moved to the 6th spot on the 10-team World Cup 2019 points table and are tied on points (7 from 7 matches) with 5th-placed Bangladesh.New Zealand vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket ScoreChasing a tricky total of 238 on the Edgbaston pitch that offered a lot of assistance to new-ball bowlers and spinners, Pakistan were jolted early as they lost aggressive opener Fakhar Zaman for 9. Fellow opener Imam-ul-Haq fell for 19 but Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez stitched a 64-run stand for the 3rd wicket to put Pakistan’s chase on track.Babar and Hafeez survived a top-class spell of left-arm spin bowling from Mitchell Santner but Hafeez fell to part-timer Kane Williamson in the New Zealand captain’s first over.Babar then joined hands with Haris Sohail who continued from where he left against South Africa. Haris’ positive intent rubbed off on Babar as the duo made light work of the New Zealand bowling challenge. The two batsmen oozed class and looked assured as Williamson ran out of plans, much to the delight of the packed house at Edgbaston.advertisementFirst Pakistan middle order batsman to score a @cricketworldcup in 32 years, @babarazam258 #NZvPAK Live Updates: #WeHaveWeWill Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 26, 2019Century for Babar Azam, his first of #CWC19A wonderfully mature innings that’s taken his side to the cusp of victory.#NZvPAK World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 26, 2019Haris Sohail and Babar Azam added a match-winning stand of 126 runs for the 4th wicket as Pakistan got to the total with 6 wickets and 6 balls to spare. Haris was run out on 68 when Pakistan needed just 2 runs in the penultimate over of the match.Earlier in the day, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions. But Mohammad Amir struck early to remove Martin Guptill for another duck and Shaheeh Shah Afridi then removed Colin Munro and the dangerous Ross Taylor in a terrific first spell.Pakistan who needed to win all their games heron to stay in the hunt for a berth in the semi-finals were suddenly on fire. New Zealand, who had remained unbeaten looked vulnerable but they still had their skipper Kane Williamson to dig them out of trouble.But Afridi was still to have a say in the game. Tom Latham fell to another sensational Afridi delivery and Pakistan were tottering at 46 for 4 in 12.3 overs. And when Williamson departed for 41 to the guile of Shadab Khan, Pakistan had every reason to hope.New Zealand cricket has long grappled with the debate of whether to play an extra specialist bowler instead of their two all-rounders. On Wednesday, these two all-rounders came to the party for the Black Caps.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were patient and then destructive in a 132-run stand for the 6th wicket. de Grandhomme was run out for 64 just when the pair was looking to up the ante but Neesham carried his bat to remain unbeaten on 97.It was not an easy pitch to bat on. New Zealand suffered a few early setbacks but it was a heroic fightback by their lower order and this stand alone should put New Zealand in good stead for the rest of the World Cup.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortAlso Read | Pakistan can do anything: Sarfaraz Ahmed on World Cup 2019 semi-final chancesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow New Zealand vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Babar AzamFollow Shaheen AfridiFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Haris Sohail ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 No data available! Scorecard – (49.1) 241/4 Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets Pakistan Super Over Match Ended (50.0) Toss: NZ elected to bat Referee: Sir Richie Richardson (WI) Umpires: Paul Reiffel (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Paul Wilson (AUS) 237/6 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Babar Azam advertisement ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) vs (49.1) 237/6 (50.0) Pakistan PAK graphs commentary New Zealand NZ Nextlast_img

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