Ton-up Babar helps Pakistan down Black Caps
Edgbaston explodes and the Pakistan players rush onto the field. They’ve copped an absolute truckload of criticism and been written off, but a comprehensive win over South Africa and a clinical one over NZ today have seen them storm back into contention!
Don’t write them off just yet. They are one point behind England and level with Bangladesh. A mature chase, shepherded by a young man with a head far wiser than his 24 years would suggest. NZ suffer their first defeat of the 2019 World Cup, and their first group stage defeat in 8 years.
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NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
PAKISTAN: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Series: World Cup 2019
Toss: New Zealand , elected to bat first
Player Of The Match: Babar Azam
Match days: 26 June 2019
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpires: Paul Wilson
Reserve Umpire: Marais Erasmus
Match Referee: Sir Richie Richardson
Points: Pakistan 2, New Zealand 0