By Razeen Gutta
On the day when England was officially eliminated, Pakistan showed their resilience to stay alive in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Taking away two points against New Zealand was never going to be an easy task. And once the Kiwis had put over 400 runs on the board, it appeared that Pakistan were on their way out of the competition.
108 off 94 balls from Rachin Ravindra and a quick fire 95 off 79 from captain Kane Williamson helped New Zealand to 401/6 in their 50 overs.
Shaheen Afridi struggled with the ball as the men in green’s strike bowler produced figures of 0/90 in his 10 overs. With the bat, though, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam seemed unstoppable.
Getting to a score of 200/1 at the halfway mark of the innings was all it took as rain washed out the remainder of the game in Bangalore.
Fakhar’s 126 off 81 came with 11 sixes and eight fours as he claimed the man of the match award and Pakistan the win on the Duckworth Lewis method.
The late game was the fierce rivalry between England and Australia at Ahmedabad.
While the Three Lions came a lot closer to victory than in previous matches, a 33-run win for the Aussies was enough to send Ben Stokes’ troops out of the tournament — officially.
Six sides still fight for two semi-final places, but on Sunday all eyes turn to the top of the table with the already-qualified India and South Africa facing off in Kolkata.
Pictured above: Fakhar Zaman.
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