BIRMINGHAM: All-rounder Jimmy Neesham is assured that New Zealand’s defeat towards Pakistan in Birmingham on Wednesday is not going to derail their World Cup bid.
The 2015 runners-up misplaced by six wickets to a resurgent Pakistan, on the again of a superb unbeaten 101 by Babar Azam and three wickets from teenage paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Neesham led New Zealand’s fightback with a career-best undefeated 97 to carry them from a precarious 83-5 to 237-6 of their 50 overs at Edgbaston however they went all the way down to their first defeat of the event.
Victory would have seen Kane Williamson’s group change into the second group to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after defending champions Australia.
Regardless of the setback New Zealand, who’ve by no means received the World Cup, are nonetheless well-placed, second within the 10-team desk on 11 factors from seven video games.
“I believe you’d be fairly naive to count on to undergo the entire event unbeaten,” stated the 28-year-old Neesham. “There are too many high quality groups going round to count on to win each recreation.
“We ready for a event the place we’d most likely lose one or two video games, however for us it’s all about making it to the semi-finals, and also you’re solely two good video games away from lifting the trophy. So for us nothing adjustments.
“We’ll put together for the subsequent recreation the identical means we’ve ready for the final six,” stated Neesham, whose group subsequent play Australia at Lord’s on Saturday, with their remaining recreation towards hosts England on July 3.
Neesham, who added 132 for the sixth wicket with fellow all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (64), believed his aspect had sufficient runs on the board towards Pakistan.
“I believe most likely being 46-Four was a fairly vital second within the recreation,” stated Neesham of New Zealand’s dangerous begin, brought about primarily by Shaheen’s burst of three wickets in 20 balls.
“I believe Pakistan’s bowling was clearly actually spectacular. We kind of attempt to dig ourselves out of that gap and that took a variety of doing, however I believe we probably bought to a rating that was defendable.”
Neesham stated the fourth-wicket stand of 126 between Babar and Haris Sohail (68) had taken the sport away from New Zealand.
“Clearly, the best way Babar and Sohail batted didn’t permit us to get some momentum and attempt to get into their center order and that was the distinction,” he added.