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 17 July 2019
New Zealand 237/6 (50.0)
Pakistan 241/4 (49.1)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 33 ) Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets
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Pakistan keep their hopes of making it into the semi-finals in style, win the match by 6 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Breakthrough for New Zealand!— ICC (@ICC) 26 June 2019
Williamson has Hafeez caught in the deep! Pakistan are 110/3 – can @BLACKCAPS fight back?
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Pakistan are 30/1 after the first six overs chasing 238.— Cricket World
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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.
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.
An ODI career-best 97* from Neesham and his 132-run stand with de Grandhomme helped New Zealand recover from 83/5 to post 237/6.— ICC (@ICC) 26 June 2019
Can they defend this?
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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."
Innings Break!— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 26 June 2019
Great start from Pakistani bowlers restrict New Zealand to 237 for 6 in 50 overs. Shaheen's spell (3-28) was the main highlight of the innings.#NZvPAK Live Updates: https://t.co/NoiKxqozt7#CWC19 #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/nwhJb8d6Lo
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.
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.
New Zealand cross 200!
With sensible cricket from Neesham and Grandhomme, New Zealand crossed 200-run mark in 47th over. Neesham is 78* and Grandhomme 63*. Three overs to go and more hard hits are on the cards!
Welcome fifty from Colin de Grandhomme!
After Neesham's fifty, Grandhomme also completed his fifty off 63 balls taking team's total to 184/5 in 45 overs. Both have had 101-run partnership off 111 balls making Kiwis prospects stronger.
James Neesham reaches his fifty!
After regular jolts from Pakistan, New Zealand's James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are slowly but steadily gearing up toward a respectable total. Neesham completed his fifty, first from the team, in 77balls with Grandhomme also chipping in with 38 runs in 50 balls. New Zealand reached 152 in 39.5 overs.
First six of Kiwis innings!
Shadab Khan to Neesham, SIX runs, Neesham isn't showing that restraint! The spin brings the ball back into him and he lifts it up over long-on. Goes all the way! This is the first six in New Zealand's innings taking the team's total to 115/5 in 32.5 overs.
A narrow escape for Grandhomme!
Wahab Riaz to de Grandhomme, 1 run, direct hit at the non-striker's end from Shadab, who was at point. Looks like CDG has JUST made it in. Wow this is close. Or has he? A flip on the angle and this is even closer.It's a lot closer in the slow-motion footage! A narrow escape for Grandhomme! NX 97/5 in 30.3 overs.
Here goes the big man!
New Zealand's only hope Kane Williamson departs! Shadab Khan got him out for 41 (69 balls). Shadab Khan to Williamson, out Caught by Sarfaraz! That's a huge wicket! Sarfaraz looks like he's suffering from convulsions! New Zealand 83/5 in 26.3 overs.
Kane Williamson undone by a beauty!— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 26 June 2019
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New Zealand 80/4 after 25 overs
With Kane Williamson on the crease, New Zealand are 80/4 after 25 overs. Pakistan would leave no stone unturned in getting Williamson out, while Kiwis would hope their skipper to play full 50 overs to put a decent total on board.
Pak fans on a joyride!
Shaheen Shah Afridi on fire!
Shaheen Shah Afridi to Latham, OUT, gone, this is much too good for Latham. Shaheen's on fire. Pitched on a length just outside off stump, and shapes away ever so slightly, taking the outside edge of Latham's bat as he attempts yet another defensive stroke. Never quite looked like getting a move on, and now New Zealand are four down. It might really be on!
New Zealand 46/4 in 12.3 overs and Latham goes for 1 off 14 balls.
Afridi grabs Ross Taylor's wicket!
Pakistan's left arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi grabs his second wicket and leaves New Zealand in troubles. This time Ross Taylor falls prey to his swing bowling and thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed's superb catch behind the wickets. New Zealand after 9 overs 38/3.
Colin Munro departs now!
Shaheen Afridi to Munro, out Caught by Haris Sohail!! Edged and gone! The crowd at it again. Dreadful shot from Munro. The coach will be unhappy. Munro c Haris Sohail b Shaheen Afridi 12(17). New Zealand 24/2 in 6.2 overs.
NZ 22/1 after 5 overs
Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi into the play in first 5 overs to get wickets for their team. Kane Williamson and David Miller are on the crease spending some time to avoid Pakistan's aggression as bowlers getting help from the conditions. NZ 22/1 in first 5 overs.
Looks like just the surface for Pakistan. Interesting that New Zealand won the toss chose to bat and played just one spinner. But remember, Pakistan don't chase well and that is what NZ will bank on— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 26 June 2019
Martin Guptill's poor show continues
Another early departure for Guptill. This time on the first ball of the second over. Last time, it was on the first ball of the match. His poor World Cup also continues.
Mohammad Amir strikes!
Mohammad Amir strikes on his first ball of the day. Amir to Guptill and bowled OUT! Martin Guptill goes for 5. Mohammad Amir to Guptill, OUT, pandemonium! Amir has delivered first ball and the crowd has erupted. Full ball pushed across off stump. Guptill has played it onto his stumps. Did he expect it to swing back in? It didn't and by the end of this sequence, his hands are so far away from the body as he tries to drive through the off side. Amir wheels away into the leg side. What a start!
New Zealand 5/1 in 1.1 overs.
Pakistan open with a spinner!
Mohammad Hafeez opens the bowling attack for Pakistan and Martin Guptill sends it for a four. Guptill swept to the long leg boundary. Goodbye gloom! Guptill's feet move nicely. Plants a big stride and sweeps this full ball from middle.
Williamson after winning the toss!
"We are going to have a bat. Very cold conditions and it's a used pitch. There might be a bit of swing early on and we are gonna try and negotiate that early. We are going with the same team. We are going with horses-for-courses type of mentality. There was some consideration (about team changes) with this being played on a used surface, but we have gone with the same team. Pakistan are a very strong side and for us its about building on the performances and keep winning. Keep trying to do your job and fulfil the role given today. A great atmosphere (with a lot of fans) and we are looking forward to it. Every game throughout the tournament has a similar feeling riding on it and hopefully have a good game."
Pak skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed says
"We wanted to bat first and we are not worried about the conditions as that is not in our hand. Good to see him (Amir) back in form and others also bowled really well especially in the last game. Catching is a concern and hopefully we will do well as a fielding unit today. Pakistan can do anything and we are taking it game by game, hopefully we will do well. No team changes."
Pakistan: 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
New Zealand: 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