New Zealand scored for six in their 50 overs but that total proved inadequate as Babar Azam scored an impressive unbeaten century and Haris Sohail 68 offered valuable support. Pakistan, who beat South Africa on Sunday to revive their flagging World Cup campaign, now have seven points, level with fifth-placed Bangladesh and just one point behind hosts England.
And Pakistan hand New Zealand their first defeat of the tournament. They have survived another day in the World Cup with help of brilliant innings from Babaz Azam with amazing support from Haris Sohail from the other end.
The similarity between Pakistan's and campaign continues. Sarfaraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease as Pakistan just 2 runs away from win. New Zealand bring their fielders inside the ring.
Babar kisses the ground and thanks the almighty as he becomes the first Pakistan midd-order batsman to score a century in 32 years. Pakistan need 7 runs in 15 balls.
NZvPAK pic. Babar who is just one run short from his Though, Trent Boult doesn't want that to happen in his over as he denies him a run. Just 1 run from the over as Babar keeps on waiting on Pakistan players are out in the balcony to applaud Babar.
The two have also completed a run stand. What great innings from these two players to guide their side in such a crucial situation. Babar Azam, too is closing in on his century. FYI, Since , no Pakistan batsman apart from the openers have made a hundred and this is his chance to make it in the history books.
Babar gets onto one knee to hammer a slog sweep. He does that again on the next delivery. Even better this time. Sohail ends Boult's over with a boundary to keep New Zealand under pressure. Tossed up, outside off from the skipper and Sohail shows his class to place his in the gap at the covers.
Pakistan moving closer to the target as they need 59 runs in 66 balls. We have seen only sixes in Pakistan's and both have come from Haris Sohail's bat. Boult goes slow and full and Sohail smashes it down the ground to delight his fans. After going easy on Kane Williamson in his previous overs, Babar Azam make a good over out of him.
First to long off and then the second one pulled one away for four to square leg. Trent Boult to be brought back into the attack in the next over. The match can sway either side from here. Pakistan can take the game if Babar and Sohail could build a partnership and New Zealand need another wicket to have an upperhand.
Just 3 runs from Ferguson as Pakistan need 97 from 96 balls. In his last innings against South Africa he scored Today Pakistan are in a need of another good knock from him. Just 3 runs from Williamson's last as Pakistan need a run less than to win the game. Pakistan need just 55 runs from the last 10 overs with seven wickets still in hand!
It's been a lot of wait for Sohail. After enough of defending Sohail as this time he races down the track to deposit it in the stands behind the mid-wicket.
Babar has to play with composure to save his side from getting eliminated from the race of semi-finals. The pitch is providing good turns for spinners and thus part-time spinner Kane Williamson came into the attack. Hafeez looked to attack him and ended up giving his wicket to break the run stand.
Hafeez has lost his wicket 3 times to the part-timers in this World Cup.
Earlier he had got out to Aiden Markram, Aaron Finch. Bowling his first over of CWC19, he picks up an important wicket for his team.
New Zealand has no slip in place and that so Hafeez gets a boundary off his edge. Pakistan had a few bad overs and they came back to target James Neesam.
Only 11 runs in last 4 overs. Santner is getting a lot of turn on the pitch as batsmen avoid taking any risks in his over. Just 3 runs off the over. Ferguson got Imam out with his pace but the two batsmen at the crease are now using the same to collect boundaries.
He looks confident too as leaves the field with a smile.
Hafeez gets back and just uses the pace with his perfect timing to direct the ball towards the point. Hafeez puts Ferguson under pressure as he once again hits him for a boundary.
Ferguson returns with a bouncer that hits Hafeez on his helmet. Looks like Hafeez has found his bunny as he has already hit Ferguson for 3 boundaries so far. Hafeez uses pace kph here to get better off Ferguson.
Pulls away the short ball from Ferguson for a boundary to the square leg. A minute or two to be wasted more in an already slow progressing game. Ferguson waits with the ball in hand to bowl his second over.
Caught by Guptill 19 29 balls.
Ferguson fires a bullet here and Imam is taken aback by the pace as he plays an awkward shot that gets an outside edge. Martin Guptill dives full to take an excellent catch.
Great show of cricket from New Zealand. A fullish delivery from Boult and Babar gets that one with a cover drive past the fielder for second boundary of the over. After five dots, Pakistan ran one to get their lone run from Matt Henry's over.