(CTN News) – In the 35th match of the ICC World Cup 2023, played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, Pakistan cruised past New Zealand by 21 runs (DLS method) on Saturday and remain in contention for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament.
As a result of a blistering batting display by Fakhar, Pakistan were 21 runs ahead on the DLS score after 25.3 overs and emerged victorious, making their way to the fifth position in the World Cup points table with a win over South Africa.
World Cup 2023 points table compiled by the ICC
While Pakistan may have to beat England on November 11, in Kolkata, and pray that Sri Lanka does their job against the Black Caps in Bengaluru on November 9, the Men in Green must have Afghanistan lose one of the remaining two matches — against Australia and South Africa — or both (preferably) in order to qualify for the semi-final.
However, despite playing one less match than Babar Azam’s men, the Afghans have the same points as Babar Azam’s men (8 points).
There was a brief pause in play earlier this morning due to rain, while the Green Shirts were batting at 200-1 in 25.3 overs with Fakhar Zaman (126*) and skipper Babar Azam (66*) still on the crease.
The 194-run partnership between Azam and Fakhar propelled the Green Shirts to an important win ahead of their match against the struggling England team on November 11 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in what will be a much-anticipated clash.
Additionally, Fakhar also scored the fastest century (63 balls) for Pakistan in a World Cup match, overtaking former cricketer Imran Nazir, who scored the century in 95 balls against Zimbabwe in the 2007 World Cup.
On the back of Rachin Ravindra’s (108), Kane Williamson’s (95) and Glenn Phillip’s (41) contributions, the Black Caps posted 401-6, the second-highest total of the ongoing competition as they batted first.
I would like to commend Mark Chapman (39), Daryl Mitchell (29) and Mitchell Santner (26) for their valuable contributions.
It seems that two of Pakistan’s fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, have set unwanted records as both pacers have bowled the most expensive spells for the Men in Green in World Cup history, with the former conceding 90 runs in 10 overs and the latter conceding 85 runs in 10 overs for their teams.