ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts As Pakistan Defeats New Zealand

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts As Pakistan Defeats New Zealand To Stay Afloat

Babar Azam, Misbah-Ul-Haq
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Pakistan came with a collective performance to keep breathing in the tournament as they defeated New Zealand by six wickets. After an impressive bowling performance, Pakistan was able to come up with a fine batting show – with Babar Azam leading the way with a century. Earlier in the day, New Zealand skipper Kane Willaimson won the toss and decided to bat first in overcast conditions.

New Zealand batters soon found themselves at sea against the top bowling from Pakistan bowlers. Mohammad Amir drew first blood when Martin Guptill inside edge crashed into the wickets. Subsequently, Shaheen Afridi breathed down the neck of the Kiwis’ batters.

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Shaheen Afridi. Credit: Getty Images

Shaheen Afridi was top class.

The southpaw seamer was able to get the better of Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham in quick succession. Munro played with no feet movement and edged the ball back to the keeper. Ross Taylor was brilliantly caught by Sarfaraz Ahmed who plucked the one-handed blinder. Tom Latham continued his dismal form going as he was too dismissed by Afridi.

Shadab Khan was able to get the big fish in Kane Williamson when he turned the ball away the right-hander to take the edge. Hence, New Zealand had their backs against the wall as they were tottering at 83-5.

ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Reacts As Pakistan Defeats New Zealand To Stay Afloat

Babar Azam scored his maiden World Cup hundred.

However, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were able to do rebuild the innings with their alliance of 132 runs for the sixth wicket partnership. Neesham scored an unbeaten 97 and Colin de Grandhomme scored 64 to give their team something to bowl at.

In reply, Pakistan lost two early wickets. However, the stand between Babar Azam and in-form Harris Sohail made sure that there no more hiccups on a pitch which was turning square. The southpaw batsman scored back to back half-centuries.

Azam became the second fastest to 3000 ODI runs and also completed his hundred to help his team get over the line.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s win:

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