GAME 7: PAKISTAN VS NEW ZEALAND
Pakistan vs New Zealand played their 7th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. It was another crucial game for Pakistan because Pakistan cannot afford to lose any other match to stay in the tournament. There was a Great match between Pakistan vs New Zealand.
On the other side, New Zealand had enough wins on their credit so that they can qualify for the semis easily. The toss was very crucial again and New Zealand won the toss and they decided to bat first at the ground. The openers of New Zealand tended to struggle during the whole World Cup matches.
Pakistan took the full advantage of out of form openers of the opposition side. Again in this, the Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team made a very tricky decision to open the bowling with the spin from one end and Muhammad Amir who took the important wicket of Martin Guptill on his very first delivery.
The early break throughput a lot of pressure on the Black Caps. In no instance, Shaheen Shah Afridi took the wicket of another opener, Collin Munro. And the whole crowd was shouting loud for Pakistan. It was a big wicket for Pakistan. The whole crowd present in the cricket stadium was supporting Pakistan team.
After losing 2 early wickets, New Zealand was under immense pressure and it was on the shoulders of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to take the team to a decent final score but New Zealand had bad luck on the day as they lose Ross Taylor for 3 runs. NZ was 38 for 3 after 9 overs passed.
The partnership between Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson could prove very successful and key for New Zealand so, Tom Latham joins his captain at the crease and he tried to build the partnership with him.
Again it was Shaheen Shah Afridi who remove Tom Latham at a total of 46 runs. Tom Latham managed to score to only One run from 14 deliveries. At this point, Pakistan had won almost eighty percent of the match. And the chances of winning the match for New Zealand were very least.
The whole Pakistani team was very energetic and active in the field. At this point, New Zealand Cricket Team was unbeaten during the whole tournament. This similarity is very much parallel to the World Cup matches of 1992. In World Cup 1992, New Zealand was unbeaten during the whole tournament.
For the first time in the tournament, New Zealand faced Pakistan in the semi-finals and New Zealand was knocked out by the brilliant performance of the Pakistan cricket team. The current Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was the captain of the Cricket team at that moment.
When the total of the runs reached 83 New Zealand loses their captain, Mr. Williamson and the chances of winning for New Zealand in the game were totally gone down. Kane Williamson was out to court behind by brilliant bowling of Shadab Khan. The Kane Williamson did bother to take the review because he knew that he edged it and he was gone.
There was a question on New Zealand that who is gonna take the responsibility to score the runs to a respectable total. Collin De Grandhhome and James Neesham produce a very effective partnership of 137 runs and pull the score to 215 runs. It was some sort of respectable total for New Zealand after losing all the.
Collin de Grandhomme was run out by Muhammad on 64 runs and an important partnership was broken by the good fielding of Pakistan. New Zealand manages to score 237 runs from their 50 overs at the loss of 6 wickets. It was a very tricky target for Pakistan because New Zealand bowling was very clickable and was one of the main winning factors for them.
Pakistan needed a competitive start to the innings to chase this total successfully. It was Fakhar Zaman who gone early on Trent Boult average delivery and Fakhar miss judges the ball and played a wrong shot in the end.
The ball takes the top edge of the bat and the easy catch was taken by the fielder. Pakistan could not sustain this loss of Fakhar Zaman so, that Imam ul Haq had a high bouncer by Lucky Ferguson at his shoulders. The ball takes the edge of the bat and Martin Guptill takes a beautiful catch at the silly point.
Now, there was a gap in batting in Pakistan batting line up. Someone face the extreme fast bowlers of New Zealand so, Haris Sohail joins Babar Azam at the crease. Both of them played very slowly in the initial stage of the game.
They build a partnership between them. Both of them watch the ball very closely and played every delivery on the merit. Both of them punished every bad delivery to the boundary. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail exert the pressure on the opposition by playing the quality shots.
It was not a big total to chase but the wicket had changed towards the bowling side. It was very difficult to bat on. Muhammad Hafeez played a very rash shot on the leg side. It was Kane Williamson who came to bowl and tries to penetrate the Pakistan batting. It was a good decision from Kane Williamson who breaks the partnership between Muhammad Hafeez and Babar Azam.
He got his wicket loss on 110, it was a 3rd loss for Pakistan during the course of the chase of this tricky total. Haris Sohail is the emerging talent of Pakistan cricket, join the party at the crease. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail batted very responsible and built the partnership to create pressure on the opposition.
Haris Sohail was struggling when he came to the crease, he did know the changing nature of the pitch. But as he battled through, he adopted the conditions according to the conditions. Now, it was Haris Sohail time when he took the charge from Babar Azam and started playing his favorite shots.
He scored a massive 94 meter six to Michael Santander on the log off side. Now, Haris Sohail was observing the pressure of the game and he was playing his natural game. In the next over, he smashed a six to Trent Boult over his head. Babar Azam also took the charge and smashed 2 boundaries towards the leg side. Babar Azam was nearing to his debut ODI World Cup hundred. It was Lucky Fergusson to hit the ball towards the off side and got his hundred. Babar Azam played a very important inning to chase this tricky total so, awarded man of the match award for his historical hundred.