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Pakistan Stun New Zealand with 21-Run Win (DLS Method) in High-Scoring Thriller

Pakistan Stun New Zealand with 21-Run Win (DLS Method) and kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with 10 points from seven matches. New Zealand suffered their fourth consecutive loss and remained at the fifth place with eight points from seven matches.

Match Result:

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 21 runs (DLS method) and kept their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive with 10 points from seven matches. New Zealand suffered their fourth consecutive loss and remained at the fifth place with eight points from seven matches.

Player of the Match

Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan was named the Player of the Match for his brilliant innings of 126 not out off 81 balls, which included eight fours and 11 sixes. He shared an unbeaten 196-run partnership with Babar Azam for the second wicket.

New Zealand Innings

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a flying start as Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway added 79 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs. Conway was dismissed by Hasan Ali for 35 off 39 balls, but Ravindra continued to play aggressively and reached his maiden World Cup century in the 25th over. He was well supported by Kane Williamson, who also scored a fluent 95 off 79 balls, with 10 fours and two sixes. They shared a 153-run partnership for the second wicket and set the platform for a big total. Ravindra was finally out for 108 off 94 balls, which included 15 fours and one six. He was caught by Fakhar Zaman off Mohammad Wasim, who took his first wicket of the match. Williamson was also dismissed by Wasim in the 38th over, but not before taking New Zealand past 300. Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman then provided the finishing touches with some quick runs in the final overs. Phillips scored 41 off 25 balls, with four fours and two sixes, while Chapman scored 39 off 27 balls, with seven fours. Mitchell Santner and Tom Latham also chipped in with some cameo knocks, as New Zealand posted a mammoth total of 401 for six in 50 overs. This was their highest total in World Cup history and the third-highest overall. Wasim was the most successful bowler for Pakistan with three wickets for 60 runs in 10 overs, while Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, and Dilshan Madushanka took one wicket each.

Batting Details

BatsmanRunsBallsFoursSixes
R Ravindra10894151
D Conway353960
K Williamson9579102
M Chapman392770
G Phillips412542
M Santner261702
T Latham2200

Bowling Details

BowlerOversRunsWickets
H Ali10.0821
S Afridi10.0900
H Rauf10.0851
M Wasim10.0603
I Ahmed8.0551
A Salman2.0210

Pakistan Innings
Chasing a huge target of 402, Pakistan lost their opener Abdullah Shafique in the fifth over, caught by Tom Latham off Tim Southee for four runs. However, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam then took charge and dominated the New Zealand bowlers with some brilliant strokeplay. They scored at a brisk rate and kept Pakistan ahead of the required run rate. Zaman reached his half-century in the 15th over and Azam reached his in the 19th over. They also completed a century partnership in the 20th over and looked set for a big score. However, rain interrupted the play in the 25th over, when Pakistan were 200 for one, with Zaman on 126 not out and Azam on 66 not out. The match was reduced to 41 overs per side and the target was revised to 342 runs as per the DLS method. Pakistan needed 142 runs from 16 overs when the play resumed. Zaman and Azam continued their onslaught and smashed the New Zealand bowlers all over the park. Zaman reached his second World Cup hundred in the 28th over and Azam reached his third in the 32nd over. They also completed a 200-run partnership in the 33rd over and sealed the match for Pakistan. Zaman remained unbeaten on 126 off 81 balls, while Azam remained unbeaten on 66 off 63 balls. Pakistan reached the revised target of 342 in 41 overs and won the match by 21 runs (DLS method). This was their highest successful chase in World Cup history and the second-highest overall. None of the New Zealand bowlers could take a wicket, except Southee, who took one for 27 runs in five overs.

Batting Details

BatsmanRunsBallsFoursSixes
A Shafique4910
F Zaman12681811
B Azam666362

Bowling Details

BowlerOversRunsWickets
T Southee5.0271
T Boult6.0500
M Santner5.0350
G Phillips5.0420
I Sodhi4.0440
D Mitchell0.310

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