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World Cup 2019, Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights: Babar Azam’s century guides Pakistan to 6-wicket win

Pakistan vs New Zealand Highlights The third-wicket partnership between Babar Azam and Haris Sohail helps Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2019 12:03:54 am
Pakistan vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score Online: New Zealand set 238 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs New Zealand, Pak vs NZ Highlights: Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets riding high on Babar Azam’s maiden World Cup century and Haris Sohail’s second half-century on the trot in the tournament. The 126-run partnership between the two batsmen helped Pakistan to stay alive in the tournament and beat the unbeaten side New Zealand. Earlier in the innings, New Zealand bowlers got early breakthrough removing Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Mohammad Hafeez played well but threw his wicket away trying to take on part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson.

Earlier, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme displayed great determination to guide New Zealand from 83/5 to a fighting 237/6. While Neesham stayed unbeaten at 97, Grandhomme scored 71-ball-64. The duo shared 132-run stand which lifted the side from early collapse. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi finished with 3/28 while Mohammad Amir and Shadab Khan took a wicket each.

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ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Edgbaston, Birmingham 04 April 2020

New Zealand 237/6 (50.0)

vs

Pakistan 241/4 (49.1)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 33 ) Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

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Pakistan vs New Zealand Live Cricket Score Online, World Cup 2019 Pak vs NZ LIVE:

23:57 (IST)26 Jun 2019
VICTORY!

Pakistan keep their hopes of making it into the semi-finals in style, win the match by 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare. 

23:52 (IST)26 Jun 2019
WICKET!

A consolation wicket for New Zealand as Haris Sohail gets run out trying to sneak a quick single. Pakistan need just two runs to win from nine deliveries now. 

23:43 (IST)26 Jun 2019
100 for Babar Azam

Babar Azam hits his 10th ODI century. A ton in need from Pakistan's No.3 batsman. A gritty inning on a tough pitch and a tough opposition. His first century in World Cup. First Pakistan batsman to hit a century against New Zealand in World Cup. PAK - 231/3 in 47.3 overs

23:32 (IST)26 Jun 2019
FIFTY!

Back-to-back fifties for Haris Sohail. He reaches the milestone in 63 deliveries and ends the over with a boundary. Pakistan need 23 runs from 30 balls to beat New Zealand. PAK - 215/3 in 45 overs

23:21 (IST)26 Jun 2019
200 up for Pakistan

Babar Azam and Haris Sohail are looking to end this early. Pakistan can smell victory now. Just 37 needed off 48 deliveries now with seven wickets left. PAK - 201/3 in 42 overs

23:01 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Babar takes on Williamson

Kane Williamson extended his spell by few overs and paid the price for it. Babar Azam targetted him and hit him for two boundaries in the 37th over. Pakistan are cruising towards the target. Azam and Haris Sohail have put on more than 50 runs for the fourth wicket. PAK - 164/3 in 37 overs

22:32 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Pak's first six comes from Sohail bat

Santner to Haris Sohail, SIX runs, finally some aggression. Haris races down the track, and gets to the pitch off the ball, and deposits it into the stand behind midwicket. The pressure release is like the pop of a balloon. Pakistan are 128/3, 110 needed off 20 overs with 7 wickets in hand.

22:24 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Babar rescues Pak with fifty!

Pakistan's number 3 batsman Babar Azam has come to team's rescue in the must-win match with a much-needed fifty. He along with Mohammad Hafeez has almost bailed Pakistan out with their over 66-run partnership. Babar took 68 ball in his 50 and he is the man who can take Pakistan to victory. They are 115/3 in 28 overs. 

22:18 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Williamson breaks Babar-Hafeez partnership

A 66-run partnership has been broken by Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson as he got Mohammad Hafeez out for 32 which results in as the end of the growing partnership for Pakistan. Harris Sohail has walked in. Pakstan still need 127 off 24.4 overs.

22:05 (IST)26 Jun 2019
50-run partnership between Babar-Hafeez

Pakistan are inching closer to the victory with a partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam is growing bigger. Both have scored 50 off 73 balls taking the team total to 99/2 in 23 overs. Now they need 139 in 27 overs.

21:54 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Babar-Hafeez partnership growing big!

Having lost their openers for 44, Pakistan's Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez have taken the challenge of chasing the 238-run total. Both are set by now with Pakistan are 86/2 after 20 overs. Hafeez is 23* and Azam is 34*. They still need 152 off 30 overs with 8 wickets in hand.

21:30 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Hafeez takes on Ferguson

Mohammad Hafeez hits two boundaries from Ferguson's over. After losing two wickets, Pakistan's run chase is back on track. PAK - 64/2 in 15 overs

21:05 (IST)26 Jun 2019
WHAT A CATCH!

Martin Guptill takes a fantastic catch diving forward to send Imam-Ul-Haq back to the pavilion. Lockie Ferguson gets a wicket in his first over. It was a back of the length delivery from Ferguson and Imam miscued it trying to defend it. This will get Kiwis' tails up. PAK - 44/2 in 10.2 overs

20:44 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Babar Azam gets dropped!

Henry to Babar Azam, 2 runs, and NZ might just have had another wicket! Short delivery, and Babar ran out of patience, skying an attempted pull. Colin de Grandhomme raced back and was just a yard away from completing a remarkable catch. 

20:34 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Trent Boult strikes, Fakhar out!

Trent Boult to Fakhar Zaman, OUT, and caps the over with a wicket! Wasn't the best delivery, in truth. Dragged it down to the legside and didn't get the swing he was hoping. But Fakhar, who wanted to loft it over midwicket, found the leading edge and saw, with horror, the ball going to point instead, where Guptill's bucket-like hands sent him on his way. Big blow to Pakistan's run chase. 19/1 in 3.2 overs. 

20:21 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Fakhar and Imam at the crease!

237 on board from New Zealand and Fakhar Zaman-Imam-ul-Haq opening pair is on the crease with Trent Boult opening the bowling attack for Kiwis. It's going to be an exciting second half.

20:04 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Neesham and de Grandhomme turn the tide!

What a comeback from New Zealand! They were 46/4 at one stage and then, 83/5 when their best batsman, Williamson departed. Pressure was sky high with a Pakistan-centric crowd voicing their appreciation at high levels. Amidst such crisis on a really tricky pitch, Neesham and de Grandhomme rose like warriors. A masterclass partnership of 133 turned the tide with both of them applying themselves. Pakistan aren't great chasers generally and this isn't an easy surface at all. Should be a fun second half.

19:58 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Here's what Pak coach Mickey Auther says

"Really happy with our performance, particularly the bowling. We hit the areas well, and the ball turned quite a bit for us. The skills and execution were outstanding from our bowlers. Shaheen was absolutely outstanding today. He is 19, so he'll come and go a little in terms of his place in the side, but his lengths were brilliant today. He was outstanding. I think the Kiwis played well at the end - CdG and Neesham. There was always going to be a partnership out there. I think Neesham and CdG showed us how to play on that track. We chased well in the Champions trophy (virtual) quarter-final against Sri Lanka and I can back our team to do it again today."

19:53 (IST)26 Jun 2019
Jimmy Neesham takes NZ to 237

With last ball six, Jimmy Neesham took his team's total to 237/6 in 50 overs as he remains unbeaten for 97 off 112 balls. This is certainly a match-turning performance. 'Once you realise you'll survive without the game, you'll enjoy it for what it is' - Jimmy Neesham's words talking about how he'd almost retired, partly because of missing out on the last World Cup. He found perspective, he found balance, and he finds himself at the end of a New Zealand innings that looked like it could have ended an hour ago. This is a top effort from him.

19:41 (IST)26 Jun 2019
132-run stand ends!

Wahab Riaz to Colin de Grandhomme, out de Grandhomme Run Out!! 1 run completed. End of a special innings from de Grandhomme. Just like he did against South Africa, he's managed to seize the momentum for New Zealand. de Grandhomme run out. 132-run partnership between the two taking team total to 215/6 in 47.4 overs. Grandhomme goes for 64 off 71 balls. 

Teams:

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