Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Brilliant Babar Azam on path to greatness

Brilliant Babar Azam on path to greatness

The captain was at the receiving end of harsh criticism following his team's initial run of defeats, which came to an end with their win over South Africa before the positive result against New Zealand.

Australia became the first team to guarantee a place in the knockout phase of the World Cup, damaging England's prospects in the process with a 64-run win at Lord's. A Pakistani and Indian fan were spotted doing the Bhangra together after Pakistan's win over New Zealand.

"We've played Pakistan a lot recently", Santner said.

Earlier, a sensational opening bowling spell from Shaheen Shah Afridi had set the tone early for Pakistan, as the 19-year-old seamer dismissed Colin Munro (12), Ross Taylor (3) and Tom Latham (1) to boast figures of 3-9 from five overs, which included two maidens, and reduced the Black Caps to 46-4. It's a tricky pitch, we wanted to bat fifty overs.

Pakistan, with seven points from seven games, will now face Afghanistan on Saturday and then will travel to London to play their last group stage match against Bangladesh on July 5. "They handled the pressure so well".

"You talk to the groundstaff, you look at other matches here, talk to people about what they think will happen, and the information we were given was that it was likely to skid on rather than spin". After Hafeez's departure, Haris Sohail played a highly mature innings to offer good support to Babar. Babar took 11 innings more than South Africa's Hashim Amla, who reached the milestone in 57 innings, but overtook West Indies' great Viv Richards (69 innings).

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It was Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme that took the team to a respectable total as they made 237 runs. Hence, batting has been one of the biggest reasons for their failure in this World Cup.

We knew the 238-run target won't be easy to achieve. "In this match also, I was thinking about building partnerships with Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail and take the game deep".

"There are too many quality teams going around to expect to win every game".

It were pacers Shaheen Afridi and Mohammed Amir who made early inroads in the New Zealand batting line-up and helped Pakistan restrict the Black Caps for 237/6. The top four teams qualify for the semi-finals.

Sania was slammed following the India-Pakistan match as fans had complained that some of the Pak players spent the night before the much-awaited match out with her family.

New Zealand can join their Antipodean neighbours in the last four with a sixth win of the tournament over Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday, with England willing them on.

Pakistan defeated New Zealand by six wickets at the ICC World Cup Cricket, securing its journey to the semifinals.

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