On Wednesday (26th June), Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets (with five balls remaining) at Birmingham in the match 33 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
After winning the toss, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to bat first. After their initial batting collapse, New Zealand finally managed to score 237/6 (50 overs). In reply, Pakistan reached the target in 49.1 overs after losing four wickets (241/4).
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 237/6 in 50 overs (James Neesham 97*, Colin de Grandhomme 64; Shaheen Shah Afridi 3/28)
Pakistan – 241/4 in 49.1 overs (Babar Azam 101*, Haris Sohail 68; Kane Williamson 1/39)
Result – Pakistan won by six wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) New Zealand lost by six wickets.
- Since the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, it was the first defeat for New Zealand in the CWC round-robin stage. Before this defeat, their last CWC round-robin stage defeat was against Sri Lanka at Mumbai on 18th March 2011.
James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme
- It is the highest partnership for New Zealand for the sixth or lower wicket in a Cricket World Cup match. Their previous record was the 91-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Kane Williamson and Colin de Grandhomme against South Africa at Birmingham on 19th June 2019.
- It is the fourth highest sixth-wicket ODI partnership for New Zealand.
- Also, it is the fifth highest sixth-wicket partnership for any team in Cricket World Cup history.
i) Coming to bat at no.6, New Zealand batsman James Neesham scored an unbeaten 97-run.
- It is the joint highest individual score by a no.6 or lower-positioned New Zealand batsman in Cricket World cup history. On 9th June 1983, Martin Crowe also scored 97 runs after coming to bat at no.6 against England at The Oval.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
i) At the age of 19 years and 81 days, the Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi had the bowling figures of 10-3-28-3.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi is the second youngest bowler to pick up three wickets in an innings of the Cricket World Cup history. The record holder is the off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan) with the bowling figures of 10-0-39-3 which he achieved at the age of 18 years and 88 days (against Bangladesh at Southampton on 24th June 2019).
i) Playing his 68th ODI innings, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has scored 3,072 ODI runs.
- Babar Azam is the second fastest batsman to complete 3,000 ODI runs. While he put behind the record of former Caribbean cricketer Sir Viv Richards (69 ODI innings), Hashim Amla is the fastest 3,000 ODI run-scorer as he achieved this feat in 57 ODIs.
ii) At the age of 24 years and 254 days, Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 101-run.
- Babar Azam is the second youngest Pakistan batsman to score a Cricket World Cup century. The record holder is Saleem Malik who scored his first CWC century at the age of 24 years and 192 days (100 against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad on 25th October 1987).