The pivotal Pakistan versus New Zealand match has hit its midway point, with New Zealand showcasing dominance against Pakistani bowlers.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first, enabling New Zealand to reach a total of 401-6.
Rachin Ravindra, the opening batsman, achieved his third century in this World Cup, amassing 108 runs, while skipper Kane Williamson, returning to the team, contributed 95 runs. Their partnership of 170 runs posed a significant challenge to the Pakistani bowlers.
Following their dismissals, middle-order batsman Glenn Phillips played a crucial innings, adding 41 runs and boosting the team’s total to 400.
Pakistan’s key bowler, Shaheen Afridi, struggled, conceding 90 runs in his 10 overs without taking a wicket. Haris Rauf and Hasan Ali also faced difficulties, with Haris conceding 85 runs and managing just one wicket, and Hasan giving away 82 runs with a single wicket.
In contrast, Mohammad Wasim Jr. had an economical performance, giving away only 60 runs and taking 3 vital wickets. Regrettably, he didn’t receive much backing from other bowlers to contain the opposition’s runs.
In this crucial match for the Pakistani team, their batsmen must approach their innings sensibly and aggressively to chase down the challenging target of 402. Achieving this would significantly increase their chances of reaching the semi-finals.