From a position of 82 for five in the 27th over, it looked like Pakistan would be chasing the kind of sub-200 total that would help provide their negative net run rate with a makeover. New Zealand vs Pakistan Cricket Score 33th ODI Match.
Their non-selection of legspinner Ish Sodhi was an increasing talking point as Pakistan raced to victory.
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New Zealand´s captain Kane Williamson walks back to the pavilion. The team failed to read the situation and adapt accordingly.
Otherwise, they played with great sense in seeing Shadab off and expanding their strokes against the pacemen when set, to plunder 82 runs off the last nine.
'New Zealand's history is such that they get there winning, winning and then when a crunch situation comes up, in the semi-final, or quarter-final, they don't do that well, ' Mahmood said on Tuesday.
"My advice to Sarfraz Ahmed is that he should go there and express himself, everyone is behind him, he must play fearless cricket", Akram told The News International. Williamson waited until the 24th over to bring himself on and struck quickly thanks to an bad Mohammad Hafeez shot. Of course, it goes without saying that the players need to sharpen their fielding because Pakistan have dropped the most catches out of all the teams at the World Cup.
A sensational middle-over burst from Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham switched the momentum back to New Zealand. Fakhar looked to loft the ball over midwicket, but he just managed a leading edge, handing a simple catch to Martin Guptill. One of their key batsmen is yet to fire a shot this tournament. The standout member of the Men in Green's pace attack so far, Amir's form after a hard start to 2019 has been held up as a reference point for others within the squad - particularly fellow paceman Hasan Ali.
The combo of Sarfaraz and Afridi was at it again and this time Tom Latham (1) was consumed.
In between, New Zealand did manage to generate brief pressure.
Neesham and de Grandhomme are there as batting finishers, to launch from a solid platform.
However, Neesham and Grandhomme applied themselves and ensured they have something to defend in the second innings.
They managed to get over the line, however, with five balls remaining.
Mohammad Amir gave Pakistan an early breakthrough when he scalped opener Martin Guptill off his very first delivery but it was Shaheen, who put Pakistan in command with impressive figures of 7-3-11-3 in his first spell.
The similarities between Imran Khan's 1992 Pakistan and Sarfaraz's vintage are freakish, to the extent that the sequence of results have followed exactly the same pattern experienced by the 1992 world champions, including a third game washout.