International Cricket Council

Download The Official Cricket World Cup App

Find Out More
C
Babar

Babar, Afridi star as Pakistan end New Zealand's unbeaten run

A masterful knock of 101* from Babar Azam and an excellent return of 3/28 from Shaheen Shah Afridi helped Pakistan to a six-wicket win over New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday, 26 June.

After rain ensured a delayed start, Kane Williamson opted to bat, a decision that appeared questionable with the start Pakistan’s bowlers enjoyed.

Mohammad Amir went through the defence of Martin Guptill to kick things off before Shaheen unleashed a lethal spell, finding the outside-edges of Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham to leave New Zealand reeling on 46/4. Shadab Khan heaped more misery upon the Black Caps with the dismissal of skipper Williamson for 41. 

Video cwc19 26 Jun 19
CWC19: NZ v PAK - Highlights of New Zealand's innings

Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme, New Zealand's two seam-bowling all-rounders, then rescued the innings to halt fears of a major collapse. The pair took their time: Neesham reached 50 from 75 balls while de Grandhomme – renowned for his big-hitting skills – displayed his adaptability with a measured half-century of his own.

While a run-out ended de Grandhomme's stay, Neesham continued to be a thorn in Pakistan's side, and finished his and New Zealand's innings with a six that took him to an ODI career-best 97*, and his side to 237/6, an impressive score on a challenging pitch. 

Fakhar Zaman perished early in the chase, and a vicious bouncer from Lockie Ferguson saw to the end of Imam-ul-Haq on 19, Martin Guptill diving forward from point to take an excellent catch after the ball popped up off the left-hander's bat.

Video cwc19 26 Jun 19
CWC19: NZ v PAK - Haris Sohail is run out by Guptill for 68

From there, Hafeez and Babar calmed the nerves of the thousands of Pakistan fans with a 66-run partnership. The part-time off-spin of Williamson then intervened for an unlikely breakthrough, as Hafeez holed out to Ferguson into the deep to leave Pakistan 110/3.

Haris Sohail – following on from his 89 against South Africa last Sunday – entered the fray and proceeded to be a more-than-capable partner for Azam as he hit a second consecutive half-century.  With vociferous support to boost them, the pair took Pakistan to victory, with New Zealand succumbing to their first loss of the tournament.

Latest Video

WT20WC: Commentators make their T20 World Cup predictions
WT20WC: Commentators make their T20 World Cup predictions
cwc19
WT20WC: Meg Lanning - Class, perserverance, leadership
WT20WC: Meg Lanning - Class, perserverance, leadership
cwc19
WT20WC: Dance Dance Revolution - Thailand throw some shapes
WT20WC: Dance Dance Revolution - Thailand throw some shapes
The Big Dance
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - Highlights of Poonam Yadav's 3/18
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - Highlights of Poonam Yadav's 3/18
Poonam highlights
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - India make it two in two
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - India make it two in two
Highlights
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - Match presentation
WT20WC: Ind v Ban - Match presentation
cwc19

Latest news

C
Afghanistan fans celebrate a boundary during the 2019 Cricket World Cup warm up match between England and Afghanistan at The Oval in London on May 27, 2019.

#CWC19

Hotstar CWC19 Dream11

ICC Fantasy