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Babar’s Stupendous Century Guides Pakistan To An Easy Victory

After being down and out due to the crushing defeat suffered at the hands of India, Pakistan has come back in a stylish fashion, eclipsing the Proteas first by a convincing manner and now have broken New Zealand’s unbeaten streak in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. In the 33rd game of the tournament, Pakistan recorded an exceptional performance to register an amazing 6-wicket victory over the Kiwis at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. With this win, Pakistan have also kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockouts stage pretty high and kicking in a fashionable manner.

Neesham and Grandhomme's sensational companionship leads the Kiwis to 237

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a horrendous start as both their openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro got out quite early in the innings with just 24 runs on the board. New Zealand's most experienced batsman Ross Taylor also got dismissed quite early as Sarfaraz Ahmed took a fantastic catch behind the stumps to leave the Kiwis reeling at 46 for 4. The New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was looking to bail his team out of the troublesome situation but got out in that process for a 69-ball 41.

After Williamson's wicket, the pair of James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme stitched a fabulous partnership of 132 runs to take New Zealand's progress further in the innings. The duo showed great amount of composure and temperament to take the Kiwis to a fighting total of 237 runs in their quota of 50 overs.

Grandhomme got out after playing an impressive knock of 64 runs, while Neesham remained unbeaten till the end at the score of a brilliant 97 runs off 112 balls.  For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi bowled amazingly well to pick up three vital wickets. 

Babar’s sensational hundred steers Pakistan home

Chasing a stiff target of 238 runs on a two-paced wicket, Pakistan also didn't get off to the best of starts, losing both their openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq within the first 11 overs with 44 runs on the scoreboard. The pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez joined hands to resurrect the Pakistani innings with a fine stand of 66 runs for the third wicket. 

Hafeez got out in the 25th over failing to convert his start of 32 runs, while Babar brought up another half-century at the other hand to keep Pakistan afloat in the chase. After his wicket, the duo of Babar and Haris Sohail got together to lead Pakistan further in the run-chase with a staggering partnership of 126 runs.

Babar became the second youngest Pakistan cricketer to score a hundred in World Cups, while Sohail sealed his place in the side with a fantastic innings of 68 runs off 76 balls that included of five fours and two sixes. Babar composed a stupendous unbeaten knock of 101 runs off 126 balls that consisted of 11 boundaries, to take Pakistan home comfortably with five balls to spare.

Brief Scores

New Zealand: 237/6 in 50 overs (James Neesham-97*, Colin de Grandhomme-64; Shaheen Afridi 3/28, Shadab Khan 1/43) 

Pakistan: 241/4 in 49.1 overs (Babar Azam-101*, Haris Sohail-68; Kane Williamson 1/39)

Result: Pakistan won the match by 6 wickets.