In a crucial group stage clash during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, New Zealand faced off against Pakistan. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field, allowing New Zealand to post a formidable 401-6. This set a daunting target of 402 for Pakistan to chase, making the match pivotal for both teams vying for a spot in the semifinals.
During Pakistan’s batting, opener Fakhar Zaman delivered an outstanding performance, employing an aggressive yet controlled approach, consistently exploiting gaps and putting pressure on the New Zealand bowlers.
However, Pakistan’s pursuit of the challenging target was significantly disrupted by persistent rain. The delays caused by the weather affected their chase of 402 runs.
If adverse weather conditions persist and the match remains halted by 7:10, Pakistan will be declared the winner under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method. This method recalculates a revised target for the chasing team in rain-affected matches, ensuring a potential result in favor of the leading team at the point of interruption.