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World Cup 2019: Pakistan beat New Zealand, Keep semifinal hopes alive



World Cup 2019: Pakistan beat New Zealand, Keep semi-final hopes alive


Pakistan’s stunning similarity to their 1992 campaign in World Cup 2019 as they kept their chances of making the semi final alive by hanging New Zealand a 6 wicket win.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam scored a great century under the pressure as Pakistan continued its revival by halting New Zealand’s unbeaten run.

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Pakistan moved to fifth position in the points table as they push for the semi-final spot in the ongoing World Cup 2019.

After won the toss New Zealand, Kane Williamson elected to bat first but the move backfired as Pakistani seamers wreaked havoc up front to eave the Kiwis 85-5 at one point.

But, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme took New Zealand to a competitive total of 237/6 in 50 overs. Chasing 238, Babar Azam (101) and Sohail (68) showed intent temperament. Babar”s innings helped Pakistan reach 241-4 in 49.1 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 237

Moving them level on points with fifth place Bangladesh and Keeping their semi final hope alive. England currently sat in fourth, lost three of their four matches ahead of pivotal clash with India on Sunday.

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Babar Azam said that I think this is my best innings because it was a must win game. The track was a bit slow and also spinning a bit. The Idea was always to bat till the end and it worked. When we started, the idea was to play out the fast bowlers, especially Ferguson.

He added, When Santner came and got th ball to rip, we understand that it is important to keep him off. The idea was to just be careful against him. Hafeez Bhai told me the same, to gauge the pitch and play sensibly.

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