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

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23:56 (IST)

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. 

23:51 (IST)

OUT: Matt Henry comes for the 49th over. And it's all but over for the Kiwis. It has been a clinical performance by them in the time of need. But in the meantime Haris Sohail is run out for 68, only two runs short of the target. 

23:44 (IST)

100 FOR BABAR: Take a bow, Babar. He slams a ton in 124 balls. And this has to be one of his best tons. He has taken his team closer to victory here. After 47.3 overs Pakistan are 231/3. 

23:41 (IST)

Boult comes on for another over. He gives nothing away in the over. But it won't really hamper Pakistan's chances now. So just one run comes from the over. Pakistan are 225/3 after 47 overs. 

23:30 (IST)

FIFTY FOR SOHAIL: Another excellent innings by Haris Sohail as he brings up yet another fifty. He has taken Pakistan closer to the target. This is exceptional batting by the southpaw as Pakistan are 211/3. 

23:23 (IST)
Inching closer towards a win
23:18 (IST)

FOUR, FOUR: Babar and Haris are dealing in boundaries at the moment. They have their eyes on that NRR too. This is a great batting performance by the Pakistanis. After 41.3 overs it's 198/3. 

23:15 (IST)

Pakistan have just shown with their performance that they can't be written off as yet in the tournament. After this performance they'll be serious contenders for a semi-final spot. After 40.5 overs Pakistan are 185/3. 

23:10 (IST)
Pakistan in driver's seat
23:04 (IST)

The way Babar and Haris are batting at the moment, looks like they'll finish the match by 45th over. They have upped the ante and are hitting boundaries in every over now. Pakistan have now moved to 172/3 in 38 overs. 

22:57 (IST)

FOUR, FOUR: Babar dances down the track and hits Williamson for a four over long on. This is class batting by the youngster. He has managed to take his team close to a win. And he doesn't stop there and gets another four through square leg. Pakistan are 162/3 after 36.3 overs. 

22:54 (IST)
Pakistan are on top here
22:46 (IST)

Ferguson comes on for his sixth over now. He has bowled well but hasn't looked much threatening after his first over. He needs to get a wicket for his side. Pakistan are in firm control of the match. It's 141/3. 

22:36 (IST)

Pakistan are doing well here. They are getting a boundary every couple of overs and seeing off the good balls. They are in an excellent position at the moment. After 31.3 overs it's 134/3. 

22:30 (IST)

SIX: Haris Sohail dances down the track and hits Santner for a massive six. This is positive batting by the Pakistanis. They can already sense a victory here. They just need to work the ball around and deal in ones & twos. After 29.4 overs it's 128/3. 

22:27 (IST)
Pakistan are certainly in driver's seat at the moment
22:22 (IST)

FIFTY FOR BABAR: Williamson, looks like, is going to have a long spell since the pitch is aiding the spinners and he has already picked up a wicket. Once again he troubles the batsmen with sharp turn. Meanwhile fifty comes up for Babar Azam. He needs to take his team to the finish line. Pakistan are 115/3 in 27 overs. 

22:13 (IST)

OUT: So skipper Kane Williamson comes into the attack. Can he produce a wicket for his team in this crunch situation? Babar and Hafeez manage his over quiet well now. But out of no where, Hafeez takes the aerial route and gives a simple catch to Ferguson. Hafeez is out for 32. Pakistan are 110/3. 

22:08 (IST)
22:04 (IST)

Neesham comes on for another over. This is all to easy for Pakistan at the moment. The pitch has certainly eased out a bit and become better for batting. Kiwis have to produce something special here. It's 99/2 after 22.4 overs. 

21:57 (IST)

This partnership has done well till now. The required run rate is under check for now. New Zealand here needs a couple of wickets or the match will slip from the grips. After 21 overs Pakistan are 89/2. 

21:50 (IST)

FOUR: A great start to Neesham to as doesn't give any scoring opportunity to Azam. But on the last ball of the over, he ends up offering some width and the batsman cuts it for a four. After 19 overs it's 84/2.

21:45 (IST)

A change in the bowling here as Mitchell Santner comes into the attack. He starts off well and doesn't give any width to the batsmen to freeze arms. As a result only three runs come from the over. Pakistan are 80/2 after 18 overs. 

21:41 (IST)
Looks like it's going to be a close match
21:30 (IST)

Grandhomme continues. A small partnership is building between Hafeez and Babar here. Stability is the key here for the Pakistanis. So after 15.3 overs Pakistan are 67/2. 

21:24 (IST)

A change in the bowling here. Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack and he has been mighty effective as a bowler in this tournament. Once again his job will be to stop the runs. He does well as only 5 runs come from the over. It's 56/2 after 14 overs. 

21:16 (IST)

Ferguson comes on for another over. Pakistan need to build a partnership here or the match will slip out of their hands. And the fact that Kiwi bowlers are in excellent form, is another reason to worry for them. It's 46/2 after 12 overs. 

21:09 (IST)
Could be the game-changing moment
21:03 (IST)

OUT: And Lockie Ferguson has done the trick. A short one and Imam edges it in the air. Guptill has a full-stretch dive and manages to catch the ball. Excellent catch that. Imam goes for 19. Pakistan are 44/2. 

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

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.

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.