NZ 237/6 (50.0ov)
PAK 241/4 (49.1ov)
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Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

MOM: Babar Azam

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    Good night from me and see you when India take on West Indies next.

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    Well, the day belonged to BABAR AZAM, the centurion.

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    Similarities with Pakistan 1992 World Cup campaign

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    Sarfaraz: Even though it looks similar to 1992 World Cup campaign, we are are not thinking about it now.

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    Sarfaraz: It was not an easy wicket to play on and our target was to play the fifty overs.

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    Sarfaraz: Our fielding was really good and we came out well today. It was a great team effort.

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    Kane Williamson: The pitch was turning square and Santner was bowling wonderfully and I also enjoyed bowling on it.

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    Kane Williamson: Babar and Haris took the match from us and that was the difference

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    Kane Williamson:  We were outplayed by Pakistan. 

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    Pakistan's dream is still alive but the best scenario for them is for India and New Zealand to lose all their remaining matches, which is highly unlikely.

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    Pakistan are behind Bangladesh by run rate and the next two matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh are important. The match against the Bangladesh Tigers will be a sort of final before the knock-outs and will be played at Lord's

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    Man of the match is Babar Azam, who thanks the Almighty for the success. The wicket was playing slow but we stuck in and batted well said the man of the match.

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    The six-wicket win will push Pakistan to seven points and are placed sixth behind the Tigers of Bangladesh who are also on seven points.

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    New Zealand have also done well to take the match to the last over. They were unfortunate that Santner could not snare any wickets despite bowling well.

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    Pakistan have done the job clinically and full marks to Babar and Haris.

  • 49.1LFerguson to SAhmed

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    FOUR! PAKISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Full toss outside off, Sarfaraz gets bat on ball and puts it away through the gap between cover-point and point for the winning runs.
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    Sarfaraz hits the winning runs for Pakistan and they are still kicking and alive.

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    So New Zealand has succeeded in taking the match to the final over and they will make it hell for Sarfaraz with Lockie bowling.

  • 48.6MHenry to BAzam

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    Angles in a length ball on off, Babar flicks but finds the mid-wicket. So we have the last over, folks. Just 1 more needed.
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    Scores are level at this stage and Pakistan has seven deliveries in hand

  • 48.5MHenry to SAhmed

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    Scores are levelled! Shortish and on middle, Sarfaraz stands back and helps it in front of square leg for a run.
  • 48.4MHenry to SAhmed

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    Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
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    Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has come into the middle to do the last rites.

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    Meanwhile, there is a wicket that has fallen with just two runs to get. Haris Sohail is run out with nine deliveries remaining.

  • 48.3MHenry to BAzam

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    OUT! What an anti-climax! Haris Sohail is run out. A yorker on off, Babar digs it out near the stumps and looks at his partner who shows interest in a run. Azam stutters a bit but Sohail puts his head down and runs. Guptill, in the meantime, also charges to the ball, dives forward to pick it up and then disturbs the stumps. All in one motion. It's referred upstairs and Haris is found short. End of a fine knock nonetheless and his century stand with Babar completely spoiled New Zealand's chances of any comeback.
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    Babar's century is also a special record in the history of Pakistan cricket. This century is first by a middle-order batsman in World Cup since Salim Malik's century way back in 1987.

  • 48.2MHenry to HSohail

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    Fractionally short and on middle, Sohail turns it through backward square leg and crosses.
  • 48.1MHenry to BAzam

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    Short in length on off, Babar gets on top of the bounce and pulls it in front of square leg for a run.
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    New Zealand is losing for the first time this World Cup making things difficult for themselves.

  • 47.7LFerguson to HSohail

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    Swing and a miss! Shortish ball around leg, Sohail hops back and tries to pull but misses. Pakistan one hit away!
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    Pakistan just a boundary away from victory.

  • 47.6LFerguson to HSohail

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    A low full toss outside off, Sohail pumps it over the infield and gets a couple as the sweeper cover fielder cuts it off near the fence.
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    Pakistan has passed the pressure test now and they look good to go right up the ladder

  • 47.5LFerguson to HSohail

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    Wide called for height! Lockie follows the batsman down towards leg with a short ball but it goes well over Haris. He tries his best to hook but misses.
  • 47.4LFerguson to HSohail

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    Shortish and on off, Haris tries working across the line but misses.
  • 47.3LFerguson to BabarAzam

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    Hundred for Babar Azam, his 10th in ODIs, first in an ODI World Cup! What a batsman, what a terrific batsman! A real find for Pakistan. Becomes the first Pakistan batsman since 1987 to score a century without opening the innings. He reaches this milestone by slapping a short delivery to deep cover. Completes his single and then takes his helmet out. Raises his bat and acknowledges the crowd. Follows it up with a Sajda.
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    Superb CENTURY for BABAR AZAM... His 10th ODI hundred studded with 11 hits to the fence. A true match-winner today.

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    Nervous moments this for Babar

  • 47.2LFerguson to HSohail

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    Fuller and on middle, Sohail goes deep inside the crease and drills it to mid off for a run. Babar on strike...
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    Meanwhile, Haris Sohail is playing a gem of innings. He gets another boundary as his partner waits for the single for his century.

  • 47.1LFerguson to HSohail

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    FOUR! Beautiful timing and placement! Back of a length delivery outside off, Haris crunches it off his back foot and places it through backward point. The third man fielder tries to run across to make the stop but he slipped.
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    As the entire stadium keeps chanting Babar, Babar... the batsman is struggling to get the all-important single

  • 46.6TBoult to BAzam

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    Fuller in length and outside off, Azam connects with his cover drive but finds the fielder. Stays on 99. Babar is feeling the heat here.
  • 46.5TBoult to BAzam

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    Beaten again. On a length around middle, Babar gets across to work it on the leg side but fails to middle. It hits him on the pads and rolls back.
  • 46.4TBoult to BAzam

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    Nerves! Azam is beaten on the drive. Fuller in length and outside off, Babar tries to stroke through the line but gets beaten.
  • 46.3TBoult to BAzam

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    A touch short in length and outside off, Babar mistimes his punch to point.

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