As the World Cup opening round is reaching its end, the race for the playoffs is getting intense by the day. After England's loss against Sri Lanka, a slight window has opened for the other teams to get a sneak in. Although its not that easy but this scenario has made the tournament more competitive. In yesterday's match, the mercurial nature of Pakistan was once again at display as they put on a clinical show to beat New Zealand by 6 wickets.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, New Zealand were put into early trouble with some good pace bowling by Pakistani bowlers. Losing both the openers for just 24 runs, New Zealand were in early trouble. But once they lost Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, things looked worse. Captain Kane Williamson tried to steady the ship but good a fantastic delivery from Shadab Khan and soon the Kiwis were reduced to 83 for 5. All rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme came together to add a handy 132 for the sixth wicket and saved New Zealand from the blushes. Finally the Kiwis managed to score 237 for the loss of 6 wickets.
Chasing 238 for the win, Pakistan lost the way as both the openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-Ul-Haq were dismissed early. But the ever dependable Babar Azam steadied the Pakistani innings and in the company of experience Mohd. Hafeez put Pakistan back on the track. Hafeez was finally dismissed leaving Haris Sohail looked his usual self and in the company of Babar almost took Pakistan to the winning total before Haris was run out. Captain Sarfaraz smashed the winning runs.
Babar Azam for his winning hundred was adjudged the Man of the Match.