Pakistan, who started with a humiliating defeat in the World Cup against the West Indies in 2019, prevent New Zealand’s victorious chariot on Wednesday. The New Zealand team failed to bat openly in front of Pakistani bowlers in the first inning after winning the toss, and Jimmy Neesham 97 not out, and Colin de Grandhom’s 64, in 50 overs, New Zealand could score only 237 runs by losing 6 wickets.
In such a situation, Chasing a target of 238 runs, Pakistan achieved the target with 6 wickets in hand thanks to Babar Azam’s brilliant century (101*) and Haris Sohail (68) hit a second consecutive half-century. Babar and Sohail shared a 126-run partnership for the fourth wicket, giving their team easy win by 6 wickets.
This is Pakistan’s third win in this World Cup. In the 7 matches played so far, Pakistan has faced 3 wins and 3 losses, while one match of it had canceled due to rain. With this win, he has 7 points. In such a situation, the possibilities of reaching the semi-finals have been strengthened. Pakistan has to play against their last two matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. In these two games, victory can take them to the last four.
Babar Azam scored a brilliant hundred
Babar Azam completed his 10th ODI century while batting brilliantly. He has faced 124 balls for this. He stood long at one end after 44 runs when Pakistani openers return to the pavilion early. He scored 62 runs with Mohammad Hafeez and then shared 126 runs with Haris Sohail to lead the team to victory. Babar scored 11 fours in his inning.
Chasing the target of 238 against the Kiwi team, the pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman dismissed in the start of Pakistan’s inning and the pair once again failed to give a good start to the team. Fakhar Zaman was caught out by Martin Guptill in the last ball of the third over in an attempt to play a big shot on Trent Bolt’s ball. Zaman could play 9 runs in 10 balls.
Imam-ul-Haq was batting in a brilliantly way after the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman but Martin Guptill grabbed his glorious catch on the ball of Lockie Ferguson. Imam scored 19 runs. Pakistan then crossed the 50-run mark in 12.2 overs.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson’s decision to bat first after winning the toss in front of the possibility of rain proved to be wrong when New Zealand’s batsmen kneeled out against Pakistan’s Pace bowling. The situation was such that the Kiwi team lost five wickets for 83 runs in 26.2 overs.
But after this James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme reached their team’s score of 215 for a 6 wicket with a partnership of 132 runs. Neesham remained unbeaten after scoring 97 runs in the end.