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by Cricket World Wednesday 26 June 2019
Sarfraz Ahmed 5*
Babar Azam 101*
Pakistan win by 6 wickets
Match Winner 2-Way - New Zealand
Match Winner 2-Way - Pakistan
Pakistan win by 6 wickets in 49.1 overs
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Pakistan with only 55 runs needed in the last 10 overs, have all the time in the world to take this game. It will be New Zealand's first defeat in the tournament as Pakistan keep their semi-final hopes alive. 200 came off 41.5 overs and now the pair can improve their team's run-rate by finishing this in quick time. Santner, had little luck whilst bowling so well for his miserly 0-38 off 10 overs. Haris needed 63 balls for his fifty in which he hit 3 fours and 2 sixes. The hundred partnership has come up in 122 balls and both batsmen are looking relaxed after their hard work.
Babar's well deserved hundred has come off 124 balls with 11 fours. Pakistan win with 5 balls to spare
40+ Over Update Pakistan 183-3 - Pakistan requires 55 runs in 60 balls (Target: 238 in 50 Overs) - At this stage Pakistan is 95.7% prediction to win via Mr Predictor
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Williamson too is getting purchase from this surface as Babar and Haris look to push on. Their fourth-wicket stand needed 73 balls to reach the fifty mark and it was followed by Haris smashing a straight six off Boult. Pakistan need 74 off the last 13 overs and acceleration is just around the corner. Babar (78) and Haris (40) have added 73 in 15.1 overs, leaving Pakistan with 55 runs in the last 10 overs. Pakistan firm favourite to clinch this game. Williamson after an eight-over spell has taken himself off
30+ Over Update - Pakistan 128-3 - Pakistan requires 111 runs in 120 balls (Target: 238 in 50 Overs) - At this stage Pakistan is 70% prediction to win via Mr Predictor
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Both Babar and Hafeez are being asked to stay patient and steer Pakistan to a victory that is required for there team to stay in the hunt for a semi-final spot in the World Cup. Babar, when 38 has been put down behind stumps by Latham off Santner. 50 runs for the 3rd wicket has come in 12 overs as NZ strive for a breakthrough. The 100 of the innings has come in good time - 22.5 overs. After a scratchy 32, Hafeez has thrown away his wicket, by giving deep mid wicket an easy catch off skipper Williamson's gentle off-spin - Pakistan are 110-3 (25 overs) at the half stage of its innings. Babar's fifty has come off 65 balls with 5 fours to his name and he is the key man to take his side over the finish line. Tense battle between bat and ball. Haris has a 93 meter six to his name.
20+ Over Update - Pakistan 86-2 - Pakistan requires 152 runs in 180 balls (Target: 238 in 50 Overs)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - In his opening over, Lockie Ferguson has sent back Imam-ul-Haq off a short ball and did greet Mohammad Hafeez with few nasty deliveries. New Zealand fielding has been razor sharp till now and will put Pakistan batsmen under great pressure. The 50 mark was reached in the 13th over. Babar and Hafeez, both need to bat deep for the wicket is not going to get easier and the first over of spin from slow left armer, Santner suggests that he has a role to play for his country. There is both turn and bounce and Pakistan batsmen must not panic. In the last 10 overs, Pakistan have added 43 runs for the loss of a wicket.
10+ Over update - Pakistan 43-1 - Pakistan requires 195 runs in 240 balls (Target: 238 in 50 Overs)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Cheered for every run, the top three Pakistan batsmen held the key for a successful run chase. Boult dismissed Fakhar Zaman in the 3rd over, when a leading edge was picked at point by Guptill. As per normal service, Pakistanis have not had many ones and two in the first 5 overs with the scoreboard showing 24-1. Babar could have been out without scoring when he mistimed a pull off Henry in the 6th over. Babar after early scare has settled down. NZ would like to have claimed more wickets in the first powerplay.
Method of Dismissal 6-way
Next Man Out
1st Wicket - Fakhar Zaman - Zaman out as predicted - next in Babar Azam - Next out - Haq
2nd Wicket - Haq out as predicted - next in Mohammad Hafeez - next out - Hafeez
3rd Wicket - Hafeez out as predicted - next in Haris Sohail - next out - Sohail
4th Wicket - Sohail out as predicted - next in Sarfraz Ahmed - next out -
Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to open - Gutpill next wicket
1st Wicket - Guptill out as predicted - Kane Williamson in - Munro out next
2nd Wicket- Munro out as predicted - Ross Taylor in - Taylor out next
3rd Wicket - Taylor out as predicted - Tom Latham in - Latham out next
4th Wicket - Latham out as predicted - Jimmy Neesham in - Neesham out next
5th Wicket - Williamson out - de Grandhomme in - Neesham next out
6th Wicket - de Grandhomme out - Santner in - Neesham next out
How the New Zealand Innings unfolded
Toss has been delayed due to rain - next inspection 10.30 am
New Zealand won the toss and will bat
If New Zealand win this match they are guaranteed a Semi-Final berth
Pakistan have to win all 3 of their remaining matches to stand a chance of reaching the Semi-finals
Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to open for New Zealand
Guptill out for 5 bowled Amir
New Zealand 22-1 off 5 overs - Munro and Williamson steadying the ship
New Zealand 24-2 (6.2 overs) - Munro out
New Zealand 38-3 (9 overs) - Taylor out
10+ Over Update - New Zealand 44-3 - Projected Score - 204(4/over) 244(5/over) 284(6/over)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Match kicked off after an hours; delay. NZ captain Kane Williamson has opted to bat first, as expected, on a dry grassless wicket. Both teams are unchanged from their previous matches. Guptill swept the first ball to the boundary from Hafeez. The crowd really gets behind Mohammad Amir, whose first ball has been dragged into the stumps by Guptill. Readjusting of sight screen caused 7-8 minutes, delay before Shaheen bowled his first over. In his second (a wicket maiden) the bowler had Munro, taken at first slip. Williamson continues to make batting look so easy. A class act, never in a rush and simply caresses the ball to the boundary with minimum fuss. A brilliant one-handed catch at full stretch by Sarfraz has accounted for Ross Taylor. First powerplay belongs to Pakistan.
New Zealand 46-4 12.3 overs - Latham out
10-20+ Over Update - New Zealand 64-4 (20 overs) - Projected Score 158(3/over) 186(4/over) 214(5/over)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Shaheen has bowled two consecutive maiden overs, perhaps the first such instance in the 2019 World Cup, and his first spell reads 7-3-11-3
Latham has feathered him to wicket-keeper Sarfraz and now NZ are in real trouble at 46-4 in the 13th over. A fired up spell of left-arm pace bowling, who apart from three scalps has repeatedly beaten the bat to put NZ on the back foot. It has taken NZ 15.2 overs to finally get to the 50 mark. A real uphill task for the Black Caps with skipper Williamson, still calm and assured, as nothing at all has happened. Shaheen, following a seven-over stint has been replaced by Shadab for over No. 19. There is turn for both Hafeez and Shadab and NZ rebuilding means they have only scored 20 runs in the last 10 overs.
20-30+ Over Update - New Zealand 94-5 - Projected Score 156(3/over) 175(4/over) 195(5/over)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - Williamson still looking rock solid with 31 off 51 balls to his name at the end of 21st over. Wahab Riaz has come into the attack for the 22nd over and beat Williamson twice. A 13-over spell with no boundary hit by NZ. At the half stage of their innings, NZ have trudged to 79-4. Painfully slow rebuilding process but as long as Williamson is there, they can think of 220 total. A perfectly-pitched leg-break from Shadab accounts for Williamson for 41 and half of the NZ side is back in the hut with only 83 runs on the board. Pretty dismal for the Black Caps as Sarfraz is attacking with two close-in fielders for Shadab and a slip for Wahab. In the 21-30 over phase, Sarfraz has employed Shadab and Wahab and only given away 30 runs. Neesham 22 off 54 balls trying his best to boost the NZ total.
30-40+ Over Update - New Zealand 152-5 (40 overs) - Projected Score 192(4\over) 202(5\over) 212(6\over)
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston - NZ all-rounders - Neesham and de Grandhomme - are holding on in a tough battling conditions, with opposition on top. Drinks were taken at the end of 31 overs with NZ limping on 97-5. It needs a minimum total of 200 to have any chance. Its 100 had taken 31.3 overs. The first six of the innings, hit by Neesham, coming in the 33rd over. By the end of 35 overs, the score has reached 132-5. Sun has greeted Amir to start his second spell. The sixth wicket stand is worth 50 runs now having got to it in 9 overs. The wicket has not been ideal for strokeplay and NZ will need a minimum of 220 on the board, to have any chance today. NZ 150 coming at the end of 38 overs. Neesham's batting half century has come off 77 balls with 2 fours and a six to his credit. 58 runs have come in the last 10 overs.
New Zealand 215-6 - de Grandhomme run out
40-50 Over Update - New Zealand 237-6 - 50 Overs
Salim Parvez Live from Edgbaston -Shadab Khan was asked to bowl the 41st over to finish his 10 over allocation in which he conceded 43 runs. The sixth-wicket stand worth 132 runs in 21.2 overs is a grand effort and the pair was finally separated through a run out in the 48th over. de Gandhomme departing having contributed a fighting 64 off 71 balls with six fours and a six. Neesham's career-best unbeaten 97 (112 balls, 5 fours and 3 sixes) - with a pull six off the last ball of the innings off Wahab. NZ have been able to post a fighting total - something for their bowlers to bowl at. The last 10 overs went for 85 runs.
New Zealand team: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, LRPL Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin De Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan team: Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz
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