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  • 11:55 PM IST
    IT’S A WRAP! Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and Shaheen Afridi star as Pakistan beat New Zealand. Their hopes of making it to the semifinals are alive.
  • 11:52 PM IST

    RUN OUT! After a stunning catch earlier, Guptill has pulled off a brilliant run out, Pakistan need 2 runs from 9 balls.

  • 11:43 PM IST

    HUNDRED! First hundred for Babar Azam in World Cup 2019. Pakistan inch closer to victory.

  • 11:37 PM IST

    Babar on 99. First hundred in World Cup 2019 beckons the Pakistani youngster.

  • 11:17 PM IST

    TWO FOURS IN A ROW! The runs are coming rather quickly for Pakistan as they now need less that 45 runs to win now. Babar Azam has turned it up, with Haris Sohail giving him good company.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    TWO FOURS IN A ROW! Babar is turning it on as he hits Williamson for two fours to complete 50-run stand with Haris Sohail. Pakistan move past 160 as Babar crosses 70-run mark.

  • 10:55 PM IST

    150 up for Pakistan! Babar Azam and Haris Sohail are keeping Pakistan hopes alive. There are not too many to chase but as they say, cricket is a funny game.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    SIX! Haris Sohail has seen it enough. Dances down the track and sends one into the stand. Santner concedes first four/six in his seventh over.

  • 10:25 PM IST

    Live score New Zealand vs Pakistan, Pakistan 116/3 in 28 overs: Mitchell Santner may not have any wickets to show how well he has bowled but he is making this difficult for Pakistan. He has put a choke on.

  • 10:22 PM IST

    HALF-CENTURY! Babar brings up his third fifty of World Cup 2019. Can he go on and get a big one?

  • 10:13 PM IST

    OUT! Are you serious! Kane Williamson is now trobling the teams with the ball as well. Mohammad Hafeez departs as Ferguson takes an easy catch in the deep.

  • 10:08 PM IST

    100 UP FOR Pakistan! Babar Azam is nearing his half century while Pakistan have moved past hundred. With eight wickets in hand and less than 140 to win, Pakistan are favourites to win.

  • 9:37 PM IST

    FOUR! Style and quality written all over it! On the up and Babar just times it past the point fielder.

  • 9:03 PM IST

    OUT! Stunner from Guptill. He is an absolute asset in the field. Ferguson strikes in his first over. Imam-ul-Haq departs.

  • 9:01 PM IST

    Bowling change! Lockie Ferguson into the attack.

  • 9:01 PM IST

    A single to end the 10th over, Pakistan are 43 for the loss a wicket. They will need 195 runs more in 40 overs to win this game.

  • 8:39 PM IST

    New Zealand vs Pakistan live score, Pakistan 24/1 in 4.3 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 15, Babar Azam 0)

  • 8:33 PM IST

    GONE! New Zealand have got the early breakthrough, Boult strikes, Fakhar Zaman departs for 9, Pakistan 19/1 in 3 overs

  • 8:31 PM IST

    What a welcome by the Pakistan fans

  • 8:30 PM IST

    BOOM! Second boundary for Fakhar Zaman, fourth of the innings, runs coming freely here for Pakistan, 19/0 in 2.2 overs

  • 8:29 PM IST

    New Zealand vs Pakistan, live score, Pakistan 15/0 in 2 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 10, Fakhar Zaman 5) TARGET: 238

  • 8:28 PM IST

    Juicy full toss and Fakhar Zaman gets right on top of it, smashes it through the cover region, Pakistan 13/0 in 1.5 overs.

  • 8:26 PM IST

    Matt Henry will share the new ball with Boult.

  • 8:26 PM IST

    FOUR! Confident shot by Imam to get off the mark, Pakistan 4/0 after the first over.

  • 8:22 PM IST

    Welcome back to the , 238 is the target and on this surface, it’s not going to be easy, out come the openers Imam and Zaman, Boult will open the attack

  • 8:00 PM IST

    Few more pictures of New Zealand’s innings

  • 7:59 PM IST

    Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur delighted with his bowling attack: “Really happy with our performance, particularly the bowling. We hit the areas well, and the ball turned quite a bit for us. The skills and execution were outstanding from our bowlers. Shaheen was absolutely outstanding today. He is 19, so he’ll come and go a little in terms of his place in the side, but his lengths were brilliant today. He was outstanding. I think the Kiwis played well at the end – CdG (Colin de Grandhomme) and Neesham. There was always going to be a partnership out there. I think Neesham and CdG showed us how to play on that track. We chased well in the Champions trophy (virtual) quarter-final against Sri Lanka and I can back our team to do it again today.”

  • 7:58 PM IST

    No words on this Neesham knock! Terrific!

  • 7:50 PM IST

    Few pictures from the New Zealand innings

  • 7:50 PM IST

    THAT’S IT! In what is a sublime effort, New Zealand finish at 237/6 (James Neesham 97*, de Grandhomme 64; Shaheen Afridi 3/28)

Match highlights, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 33: Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Sohail power Pakistan to victory over New Zealand

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 33 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Wednesday.

NZ vs PAK MATCH PREVIEW

Their campaign revived by a win over South Africa, Pakistan will continue their battle of survival when they face an unstoppable New Zealand in a must-win World Cup clash in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Pakistan faced severe criticism after their loss to arch-rivals India but their 49-run win over South Africa breathed life into their campaign but the road ahead is a tough one.

With just two wins and three losses, Pakistan are at the seventh spot with five points in six games.

Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men will now not only have to win the remaining three matches, starting with New Zealand, but also hope that the results in other matches favour them to salvage any hopes of a semifinal berth.

While the batting and bowling units delivered against the Proteas, fielding is an area of concern for Pakistan and Sarfaraz too admitted that the team will need to pull up its socks.

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“We have to work harder on fielding. Again we dropped so many catches (against South Africa), some straightforward and some half-chances. All three matches now are very crucial and we have to sort it out,” Sarfaraz had said after the match.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have been invincible so far and currently hold the top position in the points table.

The Black Caps, led by inspiration skipper Kane Williamson, have been on a roll ever since they streamrolled Sri Lanka in their opening match.

But no team is unbeatable and New Zealand looked vulnerable against South Africa and the West Indies but it was skipper Williamson’s twin hundreds which helped them seal the wins.