Pakistan keeps their semi-finals hope alive after defeating New Zealand at Birmingham in the match 33 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. Pakistan won this match by six wickets (with five balls to spare).
After winning the toss, New Zealand managed 237/6 (50 overs) in the first innings. Pakistan successfully chased down that target in 49.1 overs after losing four wickets.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 237/6 in 50 overs (James Neesham 97*, Colin de Grandhomme 64; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3/28)
Pakistan – 241/4 in 49.1 overs (Babar Azam 101*, Haris Sohail 68; Kane Williamson 1/39)
Result – Pakistan won by six wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) Last time, New Zealand suffered a round-robin stage defeat in Cricket World Cup history was on 18th March 2011 (against Sri Lanka at Mumbai). Since then, it was the first defeat for New Zealand in the CWC round-robin stage.
i) At the age of 19 years and 81 days, the Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi delivered the incredible bowling figures of 10-3-28-3. In Cricket World Cup history, Shaheen Shah Afridi is now the second youngest bowler to claim a three-wicket haul. The youngest bowler to achieve this record is the Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (18 years and 88 days).
ii) At the age of 24 years and 254 days, Babar Azam scored his first century in Cricket World Cup history. Babar is the second youngest Pakistan batsman to hit a CWC century. Former Pakistan cricketer Saleem Malik is the youngest Pakistan centurion in CWC history as he achieved this feat at the age of 24 years and 192 days.
iii) Babar Azam completed his 3,000 ODI runs in 68 ODI innings. By the end of this match, Babar has scored 3,072 ODI runs. Babar is now the second fastest batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs. While he finished just ahead of Sir Viv Richards (69 ODI innings), only Hashim Amla (57 ODI innings) remains ahead of him in this list.
i) James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme had a crucial 132-run partnership for the sixth wicket. In the Cricket World Cup history, it is New Zealand’s highest partnership for the sixth or lower wickets. Their previous record was the 91-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme against South Africa at Birmingham on 19th June 2019. Also, it was the fourth highest sixth-wicket ODI partnership for New Zealand and fifth highest sixth-wicket partnership in CWC history.
ii) James Neesham scored 97* after coming to bat at no.6. It is the joint highest individual score in CWC history by a no.6 or lower New Zealand batsman. Martin Crowe also scored 97 runs at no.6 batting position against England at The Oval on 9th June 1983.