Pakistan pip New Zealand by 21 runs via DLS method to keep semis hopes alive


Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 21 runs via DLS method in a rain-hit World Cup game to keep their semifinal hopes alive here on Saturday.
Opener Fakhar Zaman played an unbeaten knock of 126 and was well-assisted by skipper Babar Azam (66 not out) during their run chase, which was impacted by intermittent rain.
New Zealand had amassed 401 for six in their 50 overs.
Following a short spell of rain, Pakistan were set a revised target of 342 in 41 overs. The rain returned in the 26th over with Pakistan cruising at 200 for one but no play was possible thereafter.
With the Pakistanis ahead of the DLS par score by 21 runs, they took home two much needed points.
The Kiwis had put on a great show with the bat courtesy Rachin Ravindra’s classy 108 and skipper Kane Williamson’s 95.
It was the fourth successive defeat for the New Zealanders.
Brief scores: New Zealand 401/6 in 50 overs (Rachin Ravindra 108, Kane Williamson 95; Mohammad Wasim 3/60). Pakistan 200/1 in 25.3 overs (Fakhar Zaman 126 not out, Babar Azam 66 not out). (PTI)

New Zealand:
Devon Conway c Mohammad Rizwan b Hasan Ali 35
Rachin Ravindra c Saud Shakeel b Mohammad Wasim 108
Kane Williamson c Fakhar Zaman b Iftikhar Ahmed 95
Daryl Mitchell b Haris Rauf 29
Mark Chapman b Mohammad Wasim 39
Glenn Phillips b Mohammad Wasim 41
Mitchell Santner not out 26
Tom Latham not out 2
Extras: (LB-8, NB-1, W-17) 26
Total: (For 6 wickets in 50 overs) 401
Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-248, 3-261, 4-318, 5-345, 6-388
Bowling: Shaheen Shah Afridi 10-0-90-0, Hasan Ali 10-0-82-1, Iftikhar Ahmed 8-0-55-1, Haris Rauf 10-0-85-1, Mohammad Wasim 10-0-60-3, Agha Salman 2-0-21-0.
Pakistan :
Abdullah Shafique c Williamson b Southee 4
Fakhar Zaman not out 126
Babar Azam (c) not out 66
Extras: (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total: (For one wicket in 25.3 overs) 200
Fall of wicket: 6-1
Bowling: Trent Boult 6-0-50-0, Tim Southee 5-0-27-1, Mitchell Santner 5-0-35-0, Glenn Phillips 5-1-42-0, Ish Sodhi 4-0-44-0, Daryl Mitchell 0.3-0-1-0.