In the match between Pakistan and New Zealand on November 4 in Bangalore, Pakistan clinched a 21-run victory on the DLS method, keeping their World Cup aspirations alive.

In the first innings, New Zealand achieved their highest-ever World Cup total in their recent match, thanks to impressive performances by Rachin Ravindra and skipper Kane Williamson, supported by Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner. Despite Mohammad Wasim taking three wickets for Pakistan, New Zealand reached a formidable total of 401/6.

Fakhar Zaman led a fierce Pakistani batting response, with Babar Azam’s support and some assistance from rain during the Bangalore match, securing a remarkable win for Pakistan. New Zealand’s efforts to take wickets and control the game were thwarted by the exceptional performance of Fakhar Zaman. He achieved a remarkable century in record time, marking the fastest century by a Pakistani batter in World Cup history. This was Zaman’s fourth century against New Zealand in the same year, highlighting his extraordinary form.

With Babar also finding his rhythm, they maintained a steady pace, and when rain interrupted the game in the 22nd over, Pakistan was ahead by 10 runs based on the DLS method. Despite a brief resumption of play, Pakistan maintained their lead, ultimately securing a 21-run victory on the DLS method, keeping their World Cup hopes alive. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman’s partnership of 194 runs, the highest for Pakistan in a World Cup match, proved pivotal when they needed it most.

Despite this setback, New Zealand still has control over their destiny and will aim for a strong comeback in their last league match against Sri Lanka.

Last Updated on November 4, 2023

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