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New Zealand vs Pakistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match at Birmingham Highlights: As it Happened

By: Cricketnext Staff

Edited By: Hardik Worah

Last Updated: June 27, 2019, 00:55 IST

Source: AP Photo

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Catch all the live updated from the all-important 2019 World Cup encounter between New Zealand and Pakistan.

Follow all the live score and latest updates from the 2019 World Cup game between New Zealand (NZ) and Pakistan (PAK): PAKISTAN WIN: And that’s it. Pakistan have comfortably registered a victory over the Kiwis by six wickets. Pakistan were clinical in all the departments and with this win have kept their hopes of making the semis alive.

New Zealand vs Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 26 (Wednesday) will be broadcast on the Star Sports network and Live streaming will be available on Hotstar. The match will be played at Edgbaston and will begin at 1500 HRS IST. You can also follow all the action on our live blog (NZ vs PAK).

Pakistan are cricket’s version of ‘Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde’ because you never know which side will turn up to play on a given day. Their 49-run win over South Africa on Sunday (June 23) has kept their slim hopes of qualifying for the ICC World Cup semi-finals alive but for that to happen they first have to win all of their remaining games.

The task is not going to be a simple one as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s next challenge is going to be against the unbeaten New Zealand side, who are themselves hoping to seal a last-four berth with a win at Edgbaston on Wednesday (June 26). The Black Caps, unlike Pakistan, have played with precision led by their pace battery featuring the likes of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson.

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Skipper Kane Williamson has been in sublime form with the bat, scoring back-to-back hundreds against South Africa and West Indies to lead the run-charts for his side with 373 runs in four innings at an average of 186.5. Experienced Ross Taylor has continued his phenomenal run and averages 50 with the bat in the tournament so far.

The only area of concern is the form of their openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro in particular. The latter only has 113 runs at an average of 28.25 in the tournament so far.

After his first-ball duck against the West Indies, New Zealand will be tempted to bring in Henry Nichols to replace him at the top of the order.

Pakistan finally made the wise decision of dropping Shoaib Malik and bringing in Haris Sohail, who repaid the management’s faith by smashing 89 against South Africa. Sohail provided the much-needed impetus that Pakistan were lacking once the in-form Babar Azam departs.

Azam will be mindful that he needs to convert his fifties into bigger innings and possibly hundreds if Pakistan aspire to reach the semifinals. Pakistan’s bowlers led by Mohammed Amir along with Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz ticked all the right boxes against South Africa.

However, Shaheen Shah Afridi’s form remains a concern and young tearaway Mohammed Hasnain could be given an opportunity in his place.

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