Fakhar Zaman knock against New Zealand leads Pakistan to victory, Semi-final awaits


Fakhar Zaman performed his best against New Zealand, leading Pakistan to victory. The win maintains the chances of Pakistan reaching the semi-finals.


The match between Pakistan and New Zealand was on November 4 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The toss was in favor of Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who elected to field first. After batting first, New Zealand smashed a mammoth 401/6. Rachin Ravindra was the lead scorer of New Zealand’s side with an incredible 108. In addition, the captain Kane Williamson provided valuable assistance with 95 during their second-wicket partnership of 180. The Kiwis reached the 400-run score with strong efforts of other batters as well. Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, and Daryl Mitchell cameos accelerated the scoreboard. Shaheen Afridi’s 90 runs in 10 overs were the most costly by a Pakistani bowler.

At that point, it seemed hopeless for the chasing team. However, Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan seemed to have a response for every delivery the Kiwis threw at him. In addition, apart from him, Babar Azam provided 66 during another massive second-wicket partnership. The partnership between Babar and Fakhar Zaman appeared capable of setting up an incredible victory. Moreover, Fakhar Zaman was outstanding as he smashed 126 runs off just 81 deliveries.

Sadly, the weather stopped Pakistan’s innings in midway. However, Pakistan was leading Duckworth Lewis when the play was eventually called off. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were still in the crease. Pakistan concluded with a total of 200/1 in 25.3 overs. Eventually, Pakistan won the match due to the DLS method by 21 runs. Pakistan’s aspirations of making it to the World Cup semi-finals with the win is still maintainable. However, the New Zealand cricket team is still the favorite because of their higher net run rate than both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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