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

Bengaluru: Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 21 runs via the DLS mode in a rain-hit World Cup match to keep their semi-final 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) in their chase, which was affected by intermittent rain.

New Zealand amassed 401 for six in their 50 matches.

After a brief spell of rain, Pakistan were set a revised target of 342 in 41 overs. The rain returned in the 26th over as Pakistan cruised at 200 for one but no play was possible thereafter.

With the Pakistanis leading the DLS score by 21 runs, they took home two much-needed points.

The Kiwis put up a brilliant show courtesy of batsman Rachin Ravindra’s 108 and skipper Kane Williamson’s 95.

This was the fourth victory in a row for the people of New Zealand. Summary 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)

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