Monday, December 11, 2023

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 21 runs in rain

Maybe that’s bad luck. Batting first against Pakistan in their eighth match in the current World Cup, New Zealand did not win due to rain despite scoring 401 runs. Pakistan won by 21 runs against New Zealand on Duckworth Lewis Method. Pakistan kept their hopes of semi-final alive by winning this match.

Pakistan invited New Zealand to bat first after winning the toss in a life-and-death match. The Kiwi batsmen went on a rampage against the Pakistan bowlers, proving the Pakistan captain’s decision wrong. Rachin Ravindra scored a personal century against Pakistan today. And Kane Williamson went back to 95. In the end, New Zealand scored 401 runs by losing 6 wickets in 50 overs. In response, Pakistan scored 200 runs by losing one wicket in 3 balls over 25 overs. After that, Pakistan won by 21 runs on DL method as the game could not be continued due to rain. Where Fakhar Zaman scored an unbeaten century and became the man of the match.

In chasing the target, Pakistan got hit at the beginning. Their opening pair broke in just 6 runs. Abdullah Shafiq, who scored 4 runs off 9 balls, was caught by Kane Williamson off Team Southee and returned to the dugout.

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam formed a partnership after the first wicket went for 6 runs. Relying on this pair, Pakistan completed their half century in 7 over 4 balls and scored 75 runs in the first power play.

Fakhar Zaman scored a century against New Zealand today. Today against the Kiwis, he scored a half-century off 39 balls and a century off 63 balls.

During the 22nd over of Pakistan’s innings, it rained for the first time. Pakistan’s collection was 160 runs after losing 1 wicket in 21.3 overs. The length of the match is reduced by the rain of several hours. The new target for Pakistan is 342 runs in 41 overs.

Shortly after coming down to bat at the new target, the rain struck again. Then Pakistan scored 200 runs in 25 overs losing one wicket in 3 balls. After that it was not possible to continue the game. As a result, Babar’s team won by 21 runs on DL method.

(November 04/NBW)


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