Ton-up Babar retains Pakistan semi-final hopes alive

Birmingham – Pakistan stored their hopes of a World Cup semi-final place alive as they moved to inside some extent of England with a six-wicket victory over New Zealand. Babar Azam’s century noticed Pakistan residence in entrance of a partisan crowd at Edgbaston after Shaheen Afridi had ripped by means of New Zealand’s prime order.

Jimmy Neesham’s unbeaten 97 had given New Zealand an opportunity on a gradual pitch. However Pakistan’s win with 5 balls to spare leaves hosts and pre-tournament favourites England in additional hazard.

Babar additionally achieved one other milestone as he accomplished second quickest 3000 one-day worldwide runs within the match. The honour of the quickest 3000 runs remained with South Africa’s Hashim Amla who achieved the feat in 57 innings whereas it took Babar 68 innings to achieve the mark, one lower than West Indies nice Vivian Richards.

Solely wins in opposition to New Zealand and India of their ultimate two video games will probably be sufficient to ensure England a semi-final place. Simply final week the highest 4 locations appeared set however qualification may now go to the wire.

New Zealand would have joined Australia in confirming a top-four end with a win however now they too have work to do after a primary defeat of the event.

Pakistan got here into the sport nonetheless hoping to emulate their 1992 victory, once they got here by means of to raise the World Cup in Melbourne regardless of profitable solely considered one of their opening 5 group video games – a depressing begin they’ve matched this time round. Then, three wins from their ultimate three video games propelled them into the semi-finals, and a repeat this 12 months may properly do the identical.

Thrashed by rivals India, crushed by West Indies and sunk by a collapse in opposition to Australia, Pakistan seemed to be out of competition simply days in the past. However wins in opposition to Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday and Bangladesh at Lord’s on 5 July may see them into the final 4 – this victory lifted their possibilities from 20% to 36%, in keeping with statisticians Opta.

Regardless of some harmful if inconsistent bowling from New Zealand, Pakistan had been all the time on prime chasing a modest 238 to win, batting calmly and preserving the required charge at round a run a ball all through.

Lockie Ferguson was bowling 94mph bouncers and struck along with his second ball, a brutal supply that discovered the deal with of Imam Ul-Haq’s bat, whereas left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner later had batsmen in actual hassle throughout an excellent spell. However regardless of beating the bat on quite a few events, Santner went wicketless, and it was captain Williamson who was the partnership breaker, placing in his first over in 13 ODIs as Mohammad Hafeez holed out to deep midwicket.

That wicket may have been a set off for a collapse however Babar and Haris Sohail – contemporary from a brisk 89 in opposition to South Africa – batted close to faultlessly in a match-sealing partnership of 126. Babar introduced up his 10th ODI century from 124 balls – his first hundred in a profitable chase – to offer an already raucous crowd their greatest cheer of the day. Haris was run out within the penultimate over for 68 however captain Sarfaraz Ahmed hit the primary ball of the ultimate over for 4 to seal a well-known win.

Scorecard

NEW ZEALAND:

M Guptill b Amir 5

C Munro c Haris b Shaheen 12

Okay Williamson c Sarfaraz b Shadab 41

R Taylor c Sarfaraz b Shaheen 3

T Latham c †Sarfaraz b Shaheen 1

J Neesham not out 97

C de Grandhomme run out 64

M Santner not out 5

EXTRAS: (b2, lb3, w4) 9

TOTAL: (6 wkts; 50 overs) 237

FOW: 1-5, 2-24, 3-38, 4-46, 5-83, 6-215

BOWLING: M Hafeez 7-0-22-0, M Amir 10-0-67-1, Shaheen Shah 10-3-28-3, Imad Wasim 3-0-17-0, Shadab Khan 10-0-43-1, Wahab Riaz 10-0-55-0

PAKISTAN:

Imam-ul-Haq c Guptill b Ferguson 19

Fakhar Zaman c Guptill b Boult 9

Babar Azam not out 101

M Hafeez c Ferguson b Williamson 32

Haris Sohail run out 68

Sarfaraz Ahmed not out 5

EXTRAS: (w7) 7

TOTAL: (Four wkts; 49.1 overs) 241

FOW: 1-19, 2-44, 3-110, 4-236

BOWLING: T Boult-10-0-48-1, M Henry 7-0-25-0, L Ferguson 8.1-0-50-1, C de Grandhomme 2-0-12-0, M Santner 10-0-38-0, J Neesham 3-0-20-0, Okay Williamson 8-0-39-1, C Munro 1-0-9-0

TOSS: New Zealand

MAN OF MATCH: Babar Azam

UMPIRES: Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel

TV UMPIRE: Paul Wilson

MATCH REFEREE: Sir Richie Richardson

Babar Azam 2nd quickest to achieve 3000 ODI runs

POINTS TABLE

Pos Staff Performed Gained Misplaced N/R Web RR Factors

1 Australia 7 6 1 0 12 0.906

2 New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11 1.028

Three India 5 Four Zero 1 9 0.809

Four England 7 Four Three Zero Eight 1.051

5 Bangladesh 7 Three Three 1 7 -0.133

6 Pakistan 7 Three Three 1 7 -0.976

7 Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6 -1.119

Eight West Indies 6 1 Four 1 Three 0.19

9 South Africa 7 1 5 1 3 -0.324

10 Afghanistan 7 Zero 7 Zero 0 -1.634

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