NZ vs PAK: In a rain-affected World Cup match in Bengaluru on Saturday, Pakistan managed to secure a crucial 21-run victory over New Zealand through the DLS method, keeping their hopes of reaching the semifinals alive. In latest cricket update, Opener Fakhar Zaman played a brilliant, unbeaten innings of 126 runs, well-supported by skipper Babar Azam, who contributed with an unbeaten 66 runs during their chase. The rain played a significant role in disrupting the game at intervals.
New Zealand had set a formidable target of 401 for six in their allotted 50 overs. However, after a brief rain delay, Pakistan was given a revised target of 342 runs to be achieved in 41 overs. Unfortunately, the rain returned in the 26th over with Pakistan comfortably positioned at 200 for one, and further play became impossible.
With Pakistan ahead of the DLS par score by 21 runs, they earned two much-needed points in this crucial encounter. Pakistan’s charge towards victory was momentarily halted by rain in their crucial World Cup clash against New Zealand. At the time of the interruption, Pakistan was comfortably positioned at 160 for one in pursuit of a daunting 402-run target. After 21.3 overs of play, rain disrupted the proceedings, and Pakistan found themselves 10 runs ahead of the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) par score. Consequently, they were given a revised target of 342 runs off 41 overs to defeat New Zealand and keep their World Cup aspirations alive on that Saturday.
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In the face of this challenging situation, New Zealand’s batsmen took advantage and punished Pakistan’s pacers. Skipper Kane Williamson and the young Rachin Ravindra combined to form a remarkable partnership of 180 runs. Ravindra’s performance was particularly outstanding as he notched up his third century of the ICC World Cup 2023, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record, who had achieved two World Cup centuries before turning 24. At just 23 years old, Ravindra became the third New Zealand player to register three centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
With New Zealand’s loss, South Africa has secured their place in the semi-finals, accumulating 12 points from 7 matches. Among the other teams, only Australia has a chance to surpass South Africa’s position in the standings, but this depends on their ongoing match against England.
South Africa has been a dominant and formidable force throughout the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, registering six victories in seven matches. Quinton de Kock has played a pivotal role, notching up four centuries and emerging as the tournament’s leading run-scorer. The team has also set several records, including the most sixes in a single World Cup and eight team centuries, along with achieving two double-century partnerships. Their remarkable performance is underscored by amassing four scores of 350 or more in the tournament so far.
The Proteas are gearing up for their upcoming World Cup 2023 clash against India in Kolkata on November 5.
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