Pakistan in a bid to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the semifinal will look to come hard at an in-form Kiwis at the Edgbaston, Birmingham. The blackcaps have won all of their matches in this world cup 2019 and would like to continue their winning run. Kane Williamson is in tremendous touch and supported by other batsmen around him New Zealand is a team to beat in the world cup.

Pakistan, on the other hand, has had a middling world cup where they have not played as a team with the bat and ball. They have played some very good cricket in some matches like against South Afric and England. They have played inconsistently in this world cup and hence find themselves in a position where one defeat can show them the exit door.

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi

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100 for Babar Azam

First World cup hundred for Babar Azam. One-down batsman Babar Azam smashed a spectacular 100 in the match at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Pakistan need just 6 runs off 14 balls. Everyone will remember his innings.

Haris Sohail slams 50

Right-handed Haris Sohail has smacked another fifty in the ICC World Cup 2019. In the last match, he was adjudged man of the match after his spectacular performance. He helped Pakistan to post 300-plus total.

200 comes up for Pakistan

Pakistan have crossed 200-run mark in the match. Thanks to Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who led their team near to the victory. The score reached 204 in 43 overs. Kiwi bowlers are desperately looking for wickets.

Pakistan need 49 runs in 9 overs, 3 down

Pakistan need 49 runs off 54 balls with Babar Azam and Haris Sohail at the crease. Babar is just 20 runs away from the ton and Haris 5 to his fifty. Haris was the player of the match in the clash against South Africa.

Pakistan 144/3 after 35 overs

Babar Azam and Haris Sohail have taken Pakistan to 145 in 35 overs. Babar scored 57, Haris made 25. New Zealand skipper has so far handed bowl to eight bowlers including himself. He was lucky enough to break the partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan 136/3

The score reached 132 in 32 overs. Pakistan need 102 runs in 108 balls. If they want to win the match, they need a partnership. But both the batsmen seem to be struggling to face spinners. Haris Sohail has scored 20 off 30 balls.

50 comes for Babar Azam

Babar Azam has scored another fifty in the ODI cricket. He completed his half-century in 68 balls coupled with 5 boundaries. In the match, Babar completed his 3,000 runs in the ODI. He achieved the feat in 68 innings.

Kane Williamson removes Mohammad Hafeez

Finally, a breakthrough for Kiwis. New Zealand skipper Williamson has put an end to the partnership of Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam after taking the wicket of former. What main bowlers could not do, the skipper did it.

100 comes up for Pakistan

100 has come up for Pakistan in the 24th over. Thanks to Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez who have played a brilliant partnership. At one moment, it looked Pakistan batting may collapse but credit goes to Babar and Hafeez.

Pakistan 91/2, Need 147

The Men in Green are steadily coming near to the target of 238. With one-down batsman Babr Azam and two-down batsman Mohammad Hafeez are still at the crease. After two early blows, Pakistan are looking for a decent partnership.

Pakistan 86/2 in 20 overs

After the completion of 20 overs, Pakistan have scored 87 for the loss of two wickets. Babar Azam 35, Mohammad Hafeez 23. Both the batsmen seem to be in good touch. They have scored a 44-run partnership. Pakistan team are chasing the target of 238.

Babar Azam completes 3000 runs in ODI

Pakistan one-down batsman Babar Azam has completed 3,000 runs in the ODI cricket. He achieved the feat in 68 innings. He has been in a tremendous form from the last few years and helped Pakistan to win many matches.

Pakistan 71/2, Babar*, Hafeez 20*

The score has crossed 70 after 16 overs. Babar and Hafeez are playing consciously after both the openers were dismissed. So far four bowlers have bowled. They include Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme.

50 comes up for Pakistan

50 comes up for Pakistan in the 13th over. Now, responsibility is on the shoulders of Hafeez and Babar to take Pakistan forward. Pakistan have a long batting pending. It is a must-win game for Pakistan. The Green Shirts have two matches pending.

Pakistan 46/2 in 12 overs

Pakistan score has reached 42 in 12 overs with Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez at the crease. So far, Kane Williamson has handed bowl to three bowlers among which two bowlers struck.

Lockie Ferguson removes Imam-ul-Haq

After Trent Boult struck Fakhar Zaman, Lockie Ferguson removed Imam-ul-Haq for 9. Pakistan are in deep trouble. Mohammad Hafeez comes to the crease to join Babar Azam. Pakistan 44 for the loss of two wickets.

Pakistan 42/1 after 10 overs

After 10 overs, Pakistan score reached 42 for the loss of one wicket. Imam (19) Babar (15) are still at the crease. Kiwi bowlers are desperately looking for more wickets to put Pakistan under pressure. On the other side, Men in Green are looking for a partnership.

Pakistan 33/1 in 8 overs

After the completion of 8 overs, Pakistan score reached 33 for the loss of one wicket. Opener Imam-ul-Haq and one-down batsman Babar Azam are at the crease. Pakistan need a partnership. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are looking for wickets.

Boult removes Fakhar for 9

Trent Boult struck in his second over and removed Fakhar Zaman for 9. He gave his wicket on the last ball of the over. It was a leading edge, he could not control it. It was an easy catch for Guptill. Pakistan 20 for 1.

Pakistan 15/0 after 2 overs

Pakistan have scored 15 in the first two overs of the innings. Openers Fakhar and Imam seem to be in good touch. Trent Boult conceded 4 runs in the first over while Matt Henry was expensive. He gave 11 runs.

Openers Imam and Zaman comes to crease

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are ready to begin inning for Pakistan. Both the openers are left-handers and have the ability to give a decent start to Pakistan. Trent Boult comes to bowl first over for Kiwis. Target 238 in 50 overs.

New Zealand 237/6 in 50 overs

Thanks to the brilliant knock of Neesham who scored 97 off 112 balls coupled with three sixes and five boundaries. Though he could not complete his ton but he has helped Kiwis to make a come back in the match after Pakistan dominated the first half.

New Zealand 223/6 after 49 overs

After the completion of 49 overs, New Zealand have scored 223 runs. Mitchell Santner has joined Neesham after the dismissal of Grandhomme. Pacer Wahab Riaz will bowl the last over of the innings. Wahab has bowled very well in the past matches.

Grandhomme departs for 64, relief for Pakistan

After hitting Pakistan bowlers, Grandhomme has given his wicket for 64. He was run out after a throw from Amir. All credit to Grandhomme who along with Neesham help New Zealand to make a come back in the match.

200 comes up for New Zealand, 18 from Amir

New Zealand have completed 200 runs against the match with three more overs to go. At one moment, it looked Kiwis would not be able to come back and touch 200. But Neesham and Grandhomme played very well and helped their team to come back.

New Zealand 191/5 after 46 overs

New Zealand team are just 9 runs away from 200-run mark. The score has reached 191 in 46 overs. After the loss of wickets for 83, Neesham and Grandhomme glued to the crease and helped New Zealand to come back in the match.

50 for Grandhomme

Colin de Grandhomme has scored a fantastic fifty off 63 balls coupled with four boundaries and a sixer. He followed James Neesham whose score has reached to 69. New Zealand must thank both the batsmen for their spectacular performance.

New Zealand 175/5 after 44

Thanks to the batting of Neesham and Grandhomme who scored 92-run partnership in the minings so far. Neesham has completed his fifty and Grandhomme is just two runs away from the half-century. It has been a crucial partnership.

New Zealand 175/5 after 44

Thanks to the batting of Neesham and Grandhomme who scored 92-run partnership in the minings so far.

50 for Neesham, New Zealand 161/5

James Neesham has scored an important and brilliant fifty in the match. His half-century helped New Zealand to come back into the game after their half of the team was outclassed by Pakistani bowlers.

150 comes up for New Zealand, 5 down

New Zealand have completed 150 runs in 39 overs. Thanks to all-rounders Neesham and Grandhomme who scored a brilliant 67-run partnership. Skipper Sarfaraz may hand over ball to Shaheen Afridi who wreaked havoc in the first part of the game.

New Zealand 144/5, 60-run partnership between Neesham and Grandhomme.

There has been a 60-run crucial partnership between Neesham and Grandhomme. After skipper Kane Willaimson lost his wicket, it seemed Pakistan would get more wickets quickly but both these batsmen remained glued to the crease and kept scoring runs for the team.

Neesham and Grandhomme help Kiwis to score 142 in 37 overs

New Zealand all-rounders James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme have taken Kiwis past 140. Neesham has scored 45* and Grandhomme 31* so far in the innings. Both the batsmen smashed one each sixer and two each boundary in their knocks.

New Zealand 121/5 in 34 overs

New Zealand 121/5 in 34 overs. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme have taken New Zealand past 120. After half of the team was dismantled, both these batsmen played brilliantly. If New Zealand want to score 220 or more, both the all-rounders must stay at the crease.

100 comes for New Zealand, 5 down

New Zealand have completed their 100 against Pakistan in a crucial match. Five wickets are down in 32 overs and the score in 103. Pakistan, which always bank on their bowling, have proven once again that they possess the best bowling side in the world.

After 30 overs, New Zealand 94/5

The score is still under 100 after completion of 30 overs. Pakistan bowlers have delivered their best and put a break on the strike rate. Kane Williamson has been a leading run scorer so far in the match with 41 runs, followed by James Neesham 24*.

New Zealand 88/5

Pakistan bowlers have shown their ability and capability today against New Zealand. After losing the toss, Kiwi skipper opted to bat first. It was not in favour of Pakistan as they struggle to chase. But their bowlers have dismantled half of the opponent side.

Colin de Grandhomme comes to bat

Colin de Grandhomme came at number 7 after Willamson was departed for 41. New Zealanders are in deep trouble. Skipper tried his best to take New Zealand forward in the match but lost his fight to the delivery of Shadab Kahn.

Massive blow to New Zealand, Shadab removes Williamson

New Zealand have lost a key wicket of skipper Kane Williamson. It was an outstanding delivery by Shadab Khan and well caught by Sarfaraz Ahmed. Shadab has been a partnership breaker for Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand 77/4 in 24 overs

Willaimson and Neesham have taken the score to 77in the 24 overs. Kiwis are in deep trouble. About half of the innings is over and New Zealand are yet to touch 100-mark. Thanks to Pakistani bowlers who have given their 100 per cent.

Wahab Riaz comes to attack

Skipper Sarafarz Ahmed handed ball to Wahab Riaz. He comes to bowl his first over of the match. The left-handed bowler has been at a receiving end in the past matches as his several catches were dropped. In the last match, he picked three wickets against South Africa.

New Zealand 64/4, must win game for Pakistan

Pakistan bowlers have completely outclassed the New Zealand top order and tied Williamson and Neesham. The former's strike rate is under 60 and latter's is under 38. It is a must-win game for Pakistan and also a do-or-die for the Green Shirts.

Williamson scores 26, New Zealand 55/4

Kane Williamson is glued to the wicket. He seems to have made his mind to stay there as long as he can. He has so far faced 43 balls and scored 26 runs. He hit two boundaries. If Kiwis want to post a fighting total, the skipper must play his part.

Pakistan dominates New Zealand, 51/4

Pakistan team are having an upper hand in the match against New Zealand after their bowlers dismantled Kiwi top order. It has been a spectacular bowling performance by Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir. The score reached 51 in 16 overs.

Shaheen Afridi picks 3rd wicket

Former cricketers of Pakistan and fans wanted skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to exclude Shaheen Afridi from the playing XI today and give another bowler a chance. But he has worked hard and shown brilliant performance in five overs. He picked three wickets and conceded just 9 runs.

NZ 46/4 after 12.3 overs

Latham is gone now. Shaheen Shah is on fire as he picked up his third wicket of the match. The ball moved away off the seam and took Latham's outside edge. Brilliant Pakistan is back and NZ is in tatters here.

NZ 45/3 after 12 overs

Latham has a good record against Spinners and Hafeez has an average of 27.79 against the left-handed batsmen. This makes up for an interesting battle between the two. Latham needs to get a move on and rotate the strike to keep the scoreboard moving.

NZ 45/3 after 12 overs

Latham has a good record against Spinners and Hafeez has an average of 27.79 against the left-handed batsmen. This makes up for an interesting battle between the two. Latham needs to get a move on and rotate the strike to keep the scoreboard moving.

NZ 44/3 after 12 overs

A maiden over from Shaheen Shah comes to the end. He is in terrific rhythm and Pakistan will be looking to target Williamson now. If they can get him out, it will be difficult for NZ to post a huge total here. Pakistan firmly on top here.

NZ 44/3 after 10 overs

A decent over from Imad Wasim and New Zealand is struggling at the end of the first power play. They have been challenged by some very good bowling from Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shaheen is back for his 3rd over.

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