February 27, 2024

INDIA: To outlive the Cricket World Cup, Pakistan overcame New Zealand with an exhilarating 21-run victory within the pouring rain, headed by captain Babar Azam and centurion Fakhar Zaman. Zaman, the opening batsman for Pakistan, created historical past on Saturday by recording the quickest century for his nation in World Cup historical past.

In a pivotal World Cup match, Pakistan was 10 runs forward on the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) par rating till rain stopped their momentum. Rain interrupted play with 21.3 overs bowled, leaving Pakistan comfortably at 160 for one of their chase of 402 runs for victory. To defeat New Zealand and preserve their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup, Pakistan was given a revised goal of 342 off 41 overs on Saturday.

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It proved to be a mistake for Pakistan to bowl first as Rachin Ravindra (108) produced his third century of the current World Cup and shared 180 runs for the second wicket with captain Kane Williamson (95), laying the groundwork for New Zealand’s whole. To maintain their goals of profitable the event alive, Pakistan needed to chase the mark in 35.2 overs to defeat the Kiwis on web run charge (NRR).

In direction of the top, New Zealand’s whole was helped by fast runs from Glenn Phillips (41), Mark Chapman, and Daryl Mitchell. Of the Pakistani bowlers, Mohammad Wasim (3/60) was the perfect; Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf every claimed a wicket. Following a commanding victory in opposition to defending champions England within the opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023, New Zealand has misplaced their final three video games. Of their final encounter, South Africa gained by 190 runs.

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On the opposite facet, Pakistan defeated Bangladesh to snap a four-game shedding streak. They wanted to win to keep up their hopes of constructing it to the semifinals, as the sport was getting nearer to its essential level. Due to the DLS, Pakistan has managed to maintain their hopes alive.

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