produced a sublime unbeaten century below strain as Pakistan continued their revival in the World Cup by halting Sleek Zealand’s unbeaten roam with a six-wicket victory on Wednesday.
Chasing 238 on a well-known Edgbaston pitch which offered vicious turn, Azam (101*) and
(68) showed intent, temperament and resolve whereas batting in Pakistan’s must-receive game.
They raised a 126-roam stand for the fourth wicket after Mohammed Hafeez’s dismissal off a component-time spinner, as soon as all over again, raised eyebrows and Mitchell Santner regarded nearly unplayable.
The disaster demanded restraint and Hafeez used to be field however he threw away his wicket whereas attempting to assault Kane Williamson.
This used to be after Fakhar Zaman (9) used to be done in by Trent Boult and Imam-ul-Haq (19) changed into a sufferer of Lockie Ferguson.
Taking the assault by the scruff of its neck, Azam shifted the gears after ending his half-century and hit some elegant photos off Williamson and Boult to withhold the main roam-rate below check.
The 24-300 and sixty five days-old accomplished his century, tenth in ODIs, with a single off Ferguson. His knock, coming off 127 balls, used to be embellished with 11 photos to the fence.
Sohail offered unbelievable toughen from the assorted pause prior to operating himself out. Handiest two runs were required for the time being. Williamson tried the total systems in his bag however Pakistan overhauled the target with five balls to spare.
With this receive, Pakistan own now moved up to amount six in the table with seven elements from as many video games. They now must receive their ultimate two video games against Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5) to hope for semi-ultimate qualification.
The receive-lose sequence in first seven matches for Pakistan is precisely the a similar as what they’d in their victorious campaign in the 1992 World Cup.
Sleek Zealand, who misplaced their first game of the tournament, stayed on amount two with 11 elements, leisurely Australia (12).
Decreased to 83 for five after electing to bat, Sleek Zealand regarded up to Williamson for yet yet another rescue act however it used to be Neesham and de Grandhomme, who revived the Kiwi innings with their 132-roam partnership.
De Grandhomme’s roam out ended the combating stand however Neesham stayed till the pause and completed the innings current by hitting a six off Wahab Riaz. He uncared for out on getting his maiden ODI century however his main knock, which came off 112 balls with five fours and three sixes, helped Sleek Zealand quit in the game.
Pakistan were off to a cracking delivery as Mohammed Amir (1/63) struck along with his first supply. Martin Guptill (5) performed that ball on to his stumps.
Left-arm Afridi then swung into action, ripping apart the center tell. He started by disregarding Colin Munro (12), who used to be caught by Haris Sohail in slips and then returned to ship serve dreadful Ross Taylor (3).
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took a one-handed blinder, diving beefy-stretched on his lovely to steal an edge from Taylor.
The combo of Sarfaraz and Afridi used to be at it all over again and this time Tom Latham (1) used to be consumed.
Williamson (41) and Neesham added 37 runs for the fifth wicket prior to leg-spinner Shadab Khan (1/43) beat the Kiwi skipper and his edge used to be neatly taken by Sarfaraz.
Nothing perceived to work for Pakistan after that with Neesham and de Grandhomme building the innings little by little.
They labored the ball round, stayed affected person till it used to be time to roam.