Bengaluru, Nov 4: In a must win battle, asked to bat first, New Zealand put on board a massive 401/6 in 50 overs against Pakistan in the 35th match of the ICC ODI Men's World Cup 2023, here on Saturday.
But with rain intervention, Pakistan were given a revised target of 342 in 41 overs. Though match resumed for a few overs, but rain returned again after 25.3 overs, when Pakistan (200/1) were 21 runs ahead on DLS then.
Earlier, Pakistani opener Abdullah Shafique was caught by a splending diving catch at mid-off by Kiwis captain Kane Williamson of right arm fast Tim Southee. Pakistan getting first jolt with score-card reading 6/1 in 2 overs.
However, the other opener Fakhar Zaman, hit a super 100 in 63-balls and in company of his skipper Babar Azam, was trying to speed up the Pakistani chase.
As apprehended, rain did intervene and there was a rain-interruption after 21.3 overs of play in the Pakistani innings.
Earlier, in the New Zealand innings, after only the first power play (at the end of 10 overs), the Black Caps had already scored 66 runs, making their intentions clear.
However, opener Devon Conway (35) after scoring almost run a ball, edged a catch to keeper Mohd Rizwan, who gleefully grabbed the opportunity. Pacer Hasan Ali drew first blood and Kiwis were 68/1 in 11.3 overs.
After Conway's departure, back in playing XI after one more injury-lay off, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson joined young batting sensation Rachin Ravindra in the middle.
Williamson, who usually takes time to get going, was on a different mood at Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday. The Black Caps captain perhaps had the semi-finals berth in mind.
Williamson scored a rapid 95 in just 79 balls. But he missed a chance to score a ton, as he departed being caught by Fakhar Zaman of part-time off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed.
After scoring another splendid century in his debut World Cup, Ravindra was out to Mohammad Wasim with Saud Shakeel taking a well judged catch inside the boundary. He made 108 in 94 balls, with 15 hits to the fence and a huge six. Ravindra got a standing ovation from the crowd as he walked back to pavilion.
Then, it was Daryll Mitchell, who while trying to accelerate was clean bowled by pacer Haris Rauf, after putting on board 29 runs in 18 balls. The Kiwis were superbly placed at 318/4 in 41.4 overs.
Mark Chapman, who hardly got to bat in the batting-heavy New Zealand side in this World Cup, proved his mettle with an aggressive 39 in 27 balls. But he was bowled by Mohd Wasim, while trying to improvise.
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Mohd Wasim struck again as he removed dangerous Glenn Phillips, who was in a severe punishing mood. Phillips scored 41 in only 25 balls, with four 4s and two 6s.
Among the Pakistani bowlers, Mohammad Wasim, who claimed three wickets for 60 runs in the allotted 10 overs quota was the most successful one.
Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Haris Rauf got one wicket each. Pakistani bowlers and fielders looked almost lost on the field at times as Kiwis toyed with their bowling attack.
The major concern for Pakistan was their key pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi being mercilessly targeted by New Zealand batsmen. Afridi finished his 10 overs with a forgettable 90/0 figure, much to Pakistan's dismay.