Babar Azam’s brilliant century helped South Africa in registering a comfortable six-wicket win against New Zealand in the 33rd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Birmingham on Wednesday.New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first in bowler-friendly conditions.His decision, however, backfired as New Zealand lost first four wickets at the score of just 46 in the first thirteen overs.
But a responsible knock from James Neesham kept the home side in the game with a fighting half-century as Sri Lanka managed to post 237 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Colin de Grandhomme also supported to Neesham and chipped in with 64 off 71 balls with the help of six fours and a six.
Neesham finished the innings with the top score of 97 not out off 112 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes.
Sarfaraz and co. register six-wicket win against New Zealand to keep their semifinal hopes alive in the World Cup.
For Pakistan, left-arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi was the best bowler as he finished with figures of 3 for 28 from his 10 overs.
In reply, Pakistan had a shaky start as the openers perished for low scores but a match winning 126-run partnership between Babar Azam and Haris Sohail, which paved the way for an easy win for Pakistan in the final over of the innings.
The star of the show for Pakistan was Babar Azam, who completed his tenth century in the 50-over format and finished the innings with the top score of 101 not out off just 127 balls with the help of 11 boundaries.
He was well supported by Haris Sohail who scored 68 off just 76 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes — and Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 32 off 50 balls with the help of five boundaries.
For New Zealand, Trent Boult was the star of the show as he claimed one wicket in the game. For his outstanding knock, Babar Azam was named player of the match.