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New Zealand vs Pakistan, 35th Match at Bengaluru, Nov 04 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup

RESULT
35th Match, Bengaluru, November 04, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup
(25.3/25.3 ov, T:180) 200/1

Pakistan won by 21 runs (DLS method)

Player Of The Match
126* (81)
fakhar-zaman
Match centre 
Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Rvel Zahid & Danyal Rasool
Scorecard summary
New Zealand 401/6(50 overs)
Pakistan 200/1(25.3 overs)
126* (81)
1/27 (5)
66* (63)
0/1 (0.3)

Hop over to the England versus Australia match page. It's shaping up to be a cracking contest between these familiar foes as England are battling hard to gun down 287. For now, it's time for me, Rvel Zahid, to say goodbye on behalf of Danyal Rasool and our scoring team. Adios!

Don't forget to read the match report by Danyal. He has covered all the major highlights and turning points of this enthralling run-fest at Chinnaswamy Stadium

Babar Azam, Pakistan Captain: When we started batting, we believed (in ourselves). Inside dressing room, we passed the message that we need one good partnership. Back of the mind, we knew rain was coming, but didn't expect it to be too much. To be honest, we just planned to build a partnership. I wanted to give strike to Fakhar; we knew we had short boundaries and we tried to utilise it. We were trying to give 100 % but in some matches we were not up to the mark. If we win our next match, let's see...we will try to play positively and we are going match by match.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand Captain: Quite hard to get our heads around after getting that total, for us we will take the positives before the next game. I mean they played exceptionally well, gave themselves every chance and got over the line, they were certainly on target with their chase. Zaman played beautifully, they deserved that result today and for us it's about moving on to our next challenge. Sort of, maybe we wanted 450, I don't know. (on positives) A lot of really good partnerships, clearly a very good surface and that can be tough on the bowlers. So yeah a fantastic first half and obviously Rachin was batting absolutely beautifully and having a fantastic time, hope that continues, some really oood signs from the unit. If you get a wicket or two and you're able take the short side out of it in terms of the left and right combination things can change quickly, but we weren't able to do that today and Pakistan exploited that to the max

Here's the updated points table with each team's net-run-rate

Fakhar Zaman, Player of the Match: We planned to see off first few overs, few times I got lucky and really enjoyed this innings. We know that every game is do or die for us. In team meeting, our management decided that we will play aggressively so we are playing with that mind and everybody was trying to score more runs. This is one of my best (century), I will always remember my 193 against South Africa but this is one of my best. (on World Cup hopes) we were also praying for (no resumption). We want to continue playing aggressively in our next game.

New Zealand will be gutted to lose after posting a mammoth 401 on the board, and the rain interruptions clearly disrupted their bowling plans. However, Pakistan didn't put a foot wrong with the bat. Fakhar Zaman has sprung back to form and carried on in his merry ways, taking every bowler to the cleaners. His enterprising knock of 126* was laced with eight fours and 11 sixes!

Net run rate would be calculated considering New Zealand scored 179 in 25.3 overs and Pakistan made 200 in 25.3

With this win, South Africa becomes the second team after India to book a semifinal spot. Only one other team can collect 12 points now, and that team is Australia, so South Africa cannot finish below fourth

Pakistan's semifinal hopes still hang by a thread, and they need massive help from other teams, Sri Lanka in particular, to sneak into the final four.

Bowling was abject today, and the pace attack was shredded into pieces, but it was that man, Fakhar Zaman, who once again inspired the entire team by scoring a spellbinding century but New Zealand should hold their heads high after a blockbuster batting performance. Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson ruled the roost, stitching together a 180-run partnership and pummeling the bowlers all over the park to post a massive total. Who knows, they might have caused some panic with a couple of wickets if we had completed the game and this may have gone down to the wire

7:25pm: Match called off! Unfortunately, the conditions remained soggy, and the two captains have shaken hands, so that's that. Pakistan win by 21 runs and bag two points

Talha : "Fakhar turns up in the big games for Pakistan. Fearless mindset"

GhulamAli: "On the other hand , it was great game awareness by Fakhar and Babar to score fast after rain" Yup, they didn't take long to continue in the same fashion

Sachin Mohan: "Ish be given the 24th over, mistake, 20 runs? Knowing it could start raining any minute." I don't think New Zealand anticipated rain returning so early, but yes, the pacers might have gained more zip off the surface after the rain break

7:07pm: It's time to grab a snack, perhaps a samosa with some chai if you are a Pakistan fan given the DLS situation

Usman Bhatti: "@Rvel, what would be the impact on NRR if game wont start again?" will update you shortly

We are getting close to a call-off pings Shashank from the ground

It's kind of unfortunate how this high-scoring affair has been marred by rain. I, for one, didn't want Fakhar Zaman's elite thrashing to stop; he was really hitting the ball cleanly and entertaining the crowd royally

7pm: It continues to pour down at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. I'm afraid I can't offer more updates than that at this moment. We are within 40 minutes now from the cut-off time. Rain has really put a damper on things, but let's hope we will get more action and somehow appease the cricketing gods into clearing the clouds away

NZ: "@cricinfo What will happen if play cannot be resumed at all? is Pakistan wining?" Yes, Pakistan is 21 runs ahead of par score

Fakhar Zaman - only the fourth batter to hit ten or more sixes in a men's ODI World Cup innings.

Arslan : "Cut off time ? " I'm waiting for our man in Bangalore to get back to me, but I believe it's around one hour from now.

Thank you, Danyal!

Cut off is 7:40 pm local time, 50 minutes from now, but at the moment resumption looks unlikely. Rvel will take you through what's left of this.

And the umpires reckon the rain is too heavy, and the covers come back on. Pakistan are now 21 runs ahead on DLS

25.3
Mitchell to Babar Azam, no run

tried to slice it behind point but finds the fielder instead. Babar is furious at missing out

25.2
1
Mitchell to Zaman, 1 run

pushes it towards backward point and they come through for a single

A steady drizzle falling again

25.1
Mitchell to Zaman, no run

starts off with a bouncer that he lets go

Chandan : "Why aren't they bringing in Mitchell just to try something different?" I think they may just have to start ringing the changes

end of over 2520 runs
PAK: 199/1CRR: 7.96 RRR: 8.93 • Need 143 from 96b
Fakhar Zaman125 (79b 8x4 11x6)
Babar Azam66 (62b 6x4 2x6)
Ish Sodhi 4-0-44-0
Trent Boult 6-0-50-0
24.6
1
Sodhi to Zaman, 1 run

slaps it to deep point and Sodhi gets out of the over, but not before he's leaked 20 runs

24.5
Sodhi to Zaman, no run

carved to backward point

24.4
6
Sodhi to Zaman, SIX runs

six more! Sodhi tried to bowl it further outside off stump, but Fakhar extends his arms beautifully and clobbers this over long-on for an even bigger six

24.3
6
Sodhi to Zaman, SIX runs

and now Fakhar joins in, that is enormous! It's in the third tier. Exactly as you'd imagine a Fakhar six. Flies over midwicket and Sodhi's running out of options regarding where to bowl

24.2
1
Sodhi to Babar Azam, 1 run
24.1
6
Sodhi to Babar Azam, SIX runs

read the googly, cleared the front pad and monstered this back over the bowler's head. He's taking the legspinner on and having plenty of success doing it

Kash: "What is the biggest partnership in the wc23 or in the wc history." I believe it's Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels' 372 against Zim in 2015

end of over 247 runs
PAK: 179/1CRR: 7.45 RRR: 9.58 • Need 163 from 17 overs
Babar Azam59 (60b 6x4 1x6)
Fakhar Zaman112 (75b 8x4 9x6)
Trent Boult 6-0-50-0
Ish Sodhi 3-0-24-0
23.6
1
Boult to Babar Azam, 1 run

clipped to mid-on for a quick single

23.5
Boult to Babar Azam, no run

runs down the wicket, has a swing but misses

Anoop: "In how many overs does Pak need to win to reach the NZ NRR" I don't believe it's possible as things stand, but don't take my word for it

23.4
1
Boult to Zaman, 1 run

shaped to blast it over long-on but readjusted and got himself a single to square leg

23.3
4
Boult to Zaman, FOUR runs

overpitches and Fakhar punishes him. It's full, but it's on his pads, and he clips it to midwicket, timing it so sweetly. Races away for another boundary

Scot: "Love the crowed today, They are right behind Babar"

23.2
1
Boult to Babar Azam, 1 run

inside half of the bat as it's worked into the onside towards deep midwicket

23.1
Boult to Babar Azam, no run

goes around the wicket to Babar, it's driven to mid-on

end of over 2312 runs
PAK: 172/1CRR: 7.47 RRR: 9.44 • Need 170 from 18 overs
Babar Azam57 (56b 6x4 1x6)
Fakhar Zaman107 (73b 7x4 9x6)
Ish Sodhi 3-0-24-0
Trent Boult 5-0-43-0
22.6
1
Sodhi to Babar Azam, 1 run

works it into the onside for a single

22.5
1
Sodhi to Zaman, 1 run

nudges it down the ground and strolls up the other end

IS Sodhi
Ish Sodhi vs PAK in ODIs
INNS
11
WKTS
9
ECON
5.65
AVE
59.55
22.5
1w
Sodhi to Zaman, 1 wide

a bit too far outside off as he tried to get out of Fakhar's range

Mufaddal K: "So Everytime NZ has beaten Pakistan, India has won the world cup." Indeed

22.4
1
Sodhi to Babar Azam, 1 run

eased into the onside and Babar turns the strike over

22.3
Sodhi to Babar Azam, no run

carries on with the arm. Babar defends

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
Fakhar Zaman
126 runs (81)
8 fours11 sixes
Productive shot
flick
24 runs
2 fours2 sixes
Control
84%
R Ravindra
108 runs (94)
15 fours1 six
Productive shot
pull
28 runs
3 fours1 six
Control
78%
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Wasim
O
10
M
0
R
60
W
3
ECO
6
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
TG Southee
O
5
M
0
R
27
W
1
ECO
5.4
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
TossPakistan, elected to field first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Match numberODI no. 4692
Hours of play (local time)10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00, Interval 14.00-14.30, Second Session 14.30-18.00
Match days4 November 2023 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsPakistan 2, New Zealand 0
Language
English
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ICC Cricket World Cup
TEAMMWLPTNRR
IND990182.570
SA972141.261
AUS972140.841
NZ954100.743
PAK9458-0.199
AFG9458-0.336
ENG9366-0.572
BAN9274-1.087
SL9274-1.419
NED9274-1.825