ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

PAK beat NZ by 6 wickets | New Zealand vs Pakistan Highlights And Cricket Score 33th ODI Match

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Date: Jun 26, 2019 Start Time: 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT | 10:30 Local
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
NZ
237/6 Overs: 50.0
PAK
241/4 Overs: 49.1
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

New Zealand vs Pakistan Highlights And Cricket Score - 33th ODI Match - Summary

End of Over : 49.1 PAK: 241/4

Right then! Pakistan continue to be alive and kicking. Another team which will be aiming to take inspiration from Pakistan is West Indies, as they take on India in Match number 34 at Old Trafford, Manchester at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed says that the crowd always support them and thanks them. Adds that fielding is a very important part and they have worked hard on it. Adds that whenever they are pushed in a corner, they perform the best. States that it's a complete team effort and praises his bowlers and then the partnership between Haris Sohail and Babar Azam. Terms the batting of Babar Azam as the best he has ever seen and lauds him for the way he handled the pressure. Mentions that it was a tricky target but he was confident of chasing it if they bat out the 50 overs. On comparison with the 1992 WC, Sarfaraz replies that they are not thinking much about it and taking one game at a time. Hopes to keep doing best.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that in the last 34 games the pitch has offered something for the bowlers and credits Pakistan for outplaying them on a tough surface. Praise the opposition for bowling in the right areas and nipping a number of guys off but also credits Neesham and de Grandhomme to bring the Kiwis back into the game. Admits that his own team had a chance with two early wickets but then Pakistan's middle order fought hard. Agrees that 250 might have been a difficult score on this track. On taking Santner off when Sohail came on to bat, Williamson says that was trying to save him for the end. Agrees that this loss is a blip and wants to forget this quickly and move on to the next match against a different opposition on a different pitch and hopes to perform better than today.

BABAR AZAM IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that this is indeed his best inning, which was required on a wicket which was slow and the track was turning a lot. Stresses that it was difficult to bat on and hence wanted to bat 50 overs. On being asked who was more of a threat - spinner (Santner) or seamer, Babar says that the initial plan was to see off the fast bowlers but on seeing the ball turn, Azam says that he and Hafeez thought of playing Santner out, trying to get 3-4 runs an over. Thanks the fans for turning out in numbers, even in Birmingham and adds that they always support Pakistan in England.

New Zealand would like to believe that this loss is just an aberration. They will be pleased with the way their batsmen fought after a poor beginning and will take the batting form of Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme as positives. On the bowling front, they weren't necessarily poor but didn't get much off the surface to trouble the Pakistani batsmen. Mitchell Santner was the best bowler for them but he was unlucky not to get any wicket to his name. Had he got a few, this match could have seen a close finish. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

It was a chase well planned by Pakistan. They lost their in-form openers cheaply but that didn't affect them much. Babar Azam took it on himself to play the anchor role and first with Mohammad Hafeez and then with Haris Sohail, threaded match-winning partnerships. He went on to notch up his maiden World Cup century and stayed unbeaten to see his side over the line.

A thumping win for Pakistan and they have stopped New Zealand's winning juggernaut. Also, they have kept their campaign alive and their eye-catching resemblance to the 1992 World Cup edition is getting more and more interesting.

49.1 4

Lockie Ferguson to Sarfaraz Ahmed. FOUR! PAKISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Full toss outside off, Sarfaraz gets bat on ball and puts it away through the gap between cover-point and point for the winning runs.

End of Over : 49 3 Runs PAK: 237/4
48.6 0

Matt Henry to Babar Azam. Angles in a length ball on off, Babar flicks but finds the mid-wicket. So we have the last over, folks. Just 1 more needed.

48.5 1

Matt Henry to Sarfaraz Ahmed. Scores are levelled! Shortish and on middle, Sarfaraz stands back and helps it in front of square leg for a run.

48.4 0

Matt Henry to Sarfaraz Ahmed. Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.

48.3 W

Matt Henry to Babar Azam. OUT! What an anti-climax! Haris Sohail is run out. A yorker on off, Babar digs it out near the stumps and looks at his partner who shows interest in a run. Azam stutters a bit but Sohail puts his head down and runs. Guptill, in the meantime, also charges to the ball, dives forward to pick it up and then disturbs the stumps. All in one motion. It's referred upstairs and Haris is found short. End of a fine knock nonetheless and his century stand with Babar completely spoiled New Zealand's chances of any comeback.

48.2 1

Matt Henry to Haris Sohail. Fractionally short and on middle, Sohail turns it through backward square leg and crosses.

48.1 1

Matt Henry to Babar Azam. Short in length on off, Babar gets on top of the bounce and pulls it in front of square leg for a run.

End of Over : 48 9 Runs PAK: 234/3
47.6 0

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. Swing and a miss! Shortish ball around leg, Sohail hops back and tries to pull but misses. Pakistan one hit away!

47.5 2

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. A low full toss outside off, Sohail pumps it over the infield and gets a couple as the sweeper cover fielder cuts it off near the fence.

47.5 wd

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. Wide called for height! Lockie follows the batsman down towards leg with a short ball but it goes well over Haris. He tries his best to hook but misses.

47.4 0

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. Shortish and on off, Haris tries working across the line but misses.

47.3 1

Lockie Ferguson to Babar Azam. Hundred for Babar Azam, his 10th in ODIs, first in an ODI World Cup! What a batsman, what a terrific batsman! A real find for Pakistan. Becomes the first Pakistan batsman since 1987 to score a century without opening the innings. He reaches this milestone by slapping a short delivery to deep cover. Completes his single and then takes his helmet out. Raises his bat and acknowledges the crowd. Follows it up with a Sajda.

47.2 1

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. Fuller and on middle, Sohail goes deep inside the crease and drills it to mid off for a run. Babar on strike...

47.1 4

Lockie Ferguson to Haris Sohail. FOUR! Beautiful timing and placement! Back of a length delivery outside off, Haris crunches it off his back foot and places it through backward point. The third man fielder tries to run across to make the stop but he slipped.

Summary

New Zealand face Pakistan in match no 33 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 needing one more victory to confirm their place in the semi-finals. Pakistan, in contrast, are fighting to stay alive in CWC 2019. The defeat to India has come heavy leaving Pakistan with nothing but victories to have any slim chances of even hoping to make it to the last four. The 1992 champions, however, showed what they could produce - against South Africa - when pushed to the extreme and will want another such performance to remain in contention.

 

The 1992 link will, however, bring good memories for the Asian heavyweights. Pakistan were in a similar position 26 years ago with two victories, three defeats and a washout in six games before their game against New Zealand. A seven-wicket victory that day inspired the Imran Khan led side to their maiden World Cup title. Whether Sarfaraz Ahmed's boys manage such a thing will be known soon. But for now, New Zealand are ahead, both on form and in the team standings. The Black Caps have 11 points after six matches, while Pakistan from the same number of games have five.

 

Defeats averted New Zealand twice in their last two games against South Africa and West Indies. But Kane Williamson, their leader and saviour, might not be able to rescue his side a third time. They are one victory away from securing a semi-final berth and will be rearing to seal it with a victory at Edgbaston especially with Australia and England waiting in their next two fixtures.

 

New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi.

 

Pakistan (From): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain.

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