BIRMINGHAM:Babar Azamproduced a in style unbeaten century beneath strain as Pakistan continued their revival in the World Cup by halting New Zealand’s unbeaten speed with a six-wicket victory on Wednesday.
Chasing 238 on a tricky Edgbaston pitch which equipped vicious flip, Azam (101*) andHaris Sohail(68) showed intent, temperament and resolve while batting in Pakistan’s need to-purchase game.
They raised a 126-speed stand for the fourth wicket after Mohammed Hafeez’s dismissal off a half-time spinner, over again, raised eyebrows and Mitchell Santner regarded nearly unplayable.
The matter demanded restraint and Hafeez turn into once plight however he threw away his wicket while making an strive to attackKane Williamson.
This turn into once after Fakhar Zaman (9) turn into once carried out in by Trent Boult and Imam-ul-Haq (19) grew to turn out to be a victim of Lockie Ferguson.
Taking the attack by the scruff of its neck, Azam shifted the gears after polishing off his half of-century and hit some tender shots off Williamson and Boult to protect the wanted speed-price beneath check.
The 24-year-weak performed his century, 10th in ODIs, with a single off Ferguson. His knock, coming off 127 balls, turn into once embellished with 11 shots to the fence.
Sohail equipped wonderful increase from the varied discontinuance sooner than running himself out. Handiest two runs had been required in the intervening time. Williamson tried the entire techniques in his web however Pakistan overhauled the goal with 5 balls to spare.
With this purchase, Pakistan salvage now moved as much as quantity six in the desk with seven parts from as many games. They now can purchase their closing two games towards Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5) to hope for semi-closing qualification.
The purchase-lose sequence in first seven fits for Pakistan is precisely the identical as what they had in their victorious marketing campaign in the 1992 World Cup.
New Zealand, who misplaced their first game of the match, stayed on quantity two with 11 parts, in the lend a hand of Australia (12).
Decreased to 83 for five after electing to bat, New Zealand regarded as much as Williamson for but one other rescue act however it turn into once Neesham and de Grandhomme, who revived the Kiwi innings with their 132-speed partnership.
De Grandhomme’s speed out ended the struggling with stand however Neesham stayed till the discontinuance and carried out the innings trendy by hitting a six off Wahab Riaz. He neglected out on getting his maiden ODI century however his wanted knock, which came off 112 balls with 5 fours and three sixes, helped New Zealand discontinuance in the game.
Pakistan had been off to a cracking open as Mohammed Amir (1/63) struck with his first offer. Martin Guptill (5) carried out that ball on to his stumps.
Left-arm Afridi then swung into action, ripping apart the guts uncover. He began by brushing off Colin Munro (12), who turn into once caught by Haris Sohail in slips after which returned to send lend a hand harmful Ross Taylor (3).
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took a one-handed blinder, diving beefy-stretched on his proper to withhold an edge from Taylor.
The combo of Sarfaraz and Afridi turn into once at it again and this time Tom Latham (1) turn into once consumed.
Williamson (41) and Neesham added 37 runs for the fifth wicket sooner than leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/43) beat the Kiwi skipper and his edge turn into once neatly taken by Sarfaraz.
Nothing looked to work for Pakistan after that with Neesham and de Grandhomme constructing the innings little by little.
They labored the ball spherical, stayed affected person except it turn into once time to urge.