Pakistan kept their hopes alive and tied with a thin thread in the semi-final contention of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 after registering a miraculous win by 21 runs (DLS method) against New Zealand. Notably, both teams locked horns in the 35th match of the tournament at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam had the upper hand at the time of the toss and he asked the Kiwis to bat first. Batting first, Kane Williamson’s men posted a mammoth total of 401 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Young opener Rachin Ravindra scored an amazing century, hitting 108 runs off 94 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six. Other than him, skipper Kane Williamson also led his side from the front and played a crucial knock of 95 runs.
Pakistan pacers, including Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim went very expensive as they conceded 325 runs in their combined 40 overs. Wasim scalped 3 wickets, alongside 1 wicket each picked by Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf.
Fakhar Zaman leads Pakistan’s run-chase with a swashbuckling century
While chasing the target, the men in green faced an early blow as they lost the wicket of Abdullah Shafique just at the team’s score of 6 runs in 2 overs. But then came an outstanding and unbeaten 194-run partnership of 194 runs for the second wicket between skipper Babar Azam and star opener Fakhar Zaman.
Meanwhile, the rain happened to play the spoilsport during the second innings during Pakistan’s run-chase. At the time of the rain interruption and the match getting called off, Pakistan had scored 200 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in 25.3 overs. Fakhar Zaman scored an unbeaten century, hitting 126 runs off just 81 balls, with 8 fours and 11 sixes, alongside a 66-run knock played by skipper Babar Azam, with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Eventually, Pakistan won the match by a margin of 21 runs according to the DLS method, keeping their sixth spot stable in the points table in the tournament.
Here’s how fans reacted to Pakistan’s win over New Zealand:
Congratulations team Pakistan 🇵🇰— Usman Basra (@usmanbasra025) November 4, 2023
Qudrat na Nizam 400 waly har gay 200 waly Jeet gay 🤣, thank you Fakhar, Pak vs Nz#PAKvsNZ #Fakhar #WorldCup2023
Pak vs NZ chalo je phirse bat qudrat ke nizam pe agyi😂Pakistan still in world cup!!— Zain Wadood (@zainwadood1) November 4, 2023
PAK vs NZ वर्ल्ड कप 2023: फखर जमान और बारिश ने पार लगाई पाकिस्तान की नैया, न्यूजीलैंड को 21 रन से हराकर सेमीफाइनल की उम्मीदों को रखा जिंदा, शनिवार को मिली इस जीत से पाकिस्तान की टीम पॉइंट्स टेबल में 5वें नंबर पर आ गई है और सेमीफाइनल की रेस में बरकरार है। pic.twitter.com/Cz2H3T9yj9— Nation Buzz News (@NationBuzz1) November 4, 2023
We would have chased 402 runs had there been no rain. We knew what we had to do, there was no turn or spin and we knew the target we had to achieve in 20 overs in case of rain-Fakhar Zaman ❤️❤️ #CWC23 #PAKvsNZ #PAKvNZ #PAKvsNZ parchi Fakhar Zaman New Zealand by 21— HARIS KHAN (@hk5839404) November 4, 2023
pak vs NZ bobby pic.twitter.com/70mOfdJTOO
The Man, The myth, The legend. Fakhar Zaman🔥♥️.#FakharZaman | #PAKvsNZ #NZvPAK | #BabarAzam #FakharZaman |#CWC23— (🅡̣̣̣.🅜̣̣̣ .🅢̣̣̣ )ḶQ 💚 🇵🇰 |🏏|♥️ (@Saddique_rao) November 4, 2023
Pak vs NZ | #BabarAzam𓃵#ICCCricketWorldCup #Babar #QudratKaNizam pic.twitter.com/qQeJiNeMW3
What do you say about this win Guys? Is it Qudrat ka Nizam or something else?— Shehzad Khan 𝕏 (@realShehzadKhan) November 4, 2023
Pak vs NZ #PAKvsNZ #rain Parchi#Fakhar #FakharZaman#BabarAzam𓃵 Lumber 1 pic.twitter.com/SEjIKXsXyp