ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan's hopes alive with Babar Azam's century, New Zealand first defeat

The 33rd match of the ICC World Cup 2019 was played between New Zealand and Pakistan on Wednesday. Thanks to the brilliant innings of Babar Azam 101 * and Haris Sohail 68, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets in the crucial match played at Birmingham on Wednesday.
ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan's hopes alive with Babar Azam's century

Chasing 237 in pursuit of New Zealand's target, Pakistan started not well and lost three wickets for 110 runs. But due to the significant century partnership of Babar Azam and Sohail, Pakistan kept their semi-final hopes alive with a win.

On behalf of Pakistan, Babar Azam scored 101, while Boult, Ferguson, and Williamson took 1-1 wicket from New Zealand.

Pakistan's Innings (ICC World Cup 2019)

Chasing a target, the Pakistan team made a brilliant start, but the last ball of the third over was the first setback for the team as opener Fakhar Zaman. Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult gave his team the first success by catching Fakhar Zaman at the hands of Martin Guptill.

Pakistan then suffered another setback in 10.2 overs. Lockie Ferguson sent opener Imam ul Haq (9) to the pavilion with a catch-out at Guptill's hands. Guptill caught the Imam's best catch. For the second wicket, Babar and Imam shared 25 runs.  

But captain Kane Williamson gave Pakistan the third blow as Mohammad Hafeez (32) in 24.5 overs. He made Hafeez catch out at the hands of Lockie Ferguson. Babar Azam and Hafeez shared 66 runs for the third wicket partnership.

However, after dropping three wickets for 110 runs, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail played a key role in helping the team win the brilliant century partnership.

New Zealand's Innings (ICC World Cup 2019)

 Fast bowler Mohammad Aamir walked Guptill on the first ball of the second over. Shortly after this, Shahin Afridi gave another blow to the Kiwi team. Shahin caught Colin Munro (12) in the hands of Haris Sohail and sent the pavilion. Williamson and Munro shared a 19-run partnership for the second wicket.

After this Shahin Afridi gave the third blow to the Kiwi team. On the last ball of the ninth over, Shahin sent Ross Taylor (3) to wicketkeeper Sarfaraz and sent the pavilion. Taylor and Williamson shared a 14-run partnership. On the third ball of the 13th over, Shahin Afridi hit Tom Latham (1) on the back of Sarfraz Ahmed's wicket and hit the New Zealand team with a fourth blow. The partnership between Latham and Williamson was just eight runs.

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New Zealand suffered a big blow in 26.2 overs. Shadab Khan hit Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson in the hands of wicketkeeper Sarfaraz. Williamson played a slow inning of 41 runs in 69 balls with four fours. Williamson and Nisham shared a 37-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

After five wickets fell, Neesham and Grandhomme took the innings and pushed the score to 200. But in 47.4 overs, Colin de Grandhomme  was run out in Mohammed Amir's over. He played a vital knock of 64 in 71 balls with the help of six fours and a six. For the sixth wicket, there was a century partnership of 132 runs between the two batsmen.

Neesham and Grandhomme made a significant partnership of 132 runs for the sixth wicket. In addition, captain Kane Williamson scored 41 runs.

New Zealand has set a target of 238 to win against Pakistan, thanks to the fine half-century of 97, with Jimmy Neesham (97 * runs, 112 balls, 5 fours, 3 sixes) and Colin de Grandhomme (64). At the same time, Shahin Afridi topped Pakistan's highest of three, while Shadab Khan and Mohammad Aamir got one wicket each.

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