Mumbai: Babar Azam’s first World Cup ton registered a crucial six-wicket win for Pakistan as the one-time champions ended New Zealand’s unbeaten streak in the 2019 ICC World Cup.
The win also kept Pakistan’s semi-final hopes alive. Pakistan who are currently ranked sixth, now have seven points from seven points from seven games.
For Pakistan, the game against Bangladesh and Afghanistan will turn out to be an eliminator match as, those matches will decide whether Pakistan will be able to make or break their 1992 feat.
The Sarfraz Khan-led team now has won two consecutive games on the trot after its defeat to India. Following the loss against India, the team has defeated South Africa by 49 runs and now have gained a six-wicket win over New Zealand.
After the humiliating defeat to India, the Pakistani team has worked hard to turn results towards its favour. Following the win against New Zealand, the Pakistani fans and cricket pundits took to twitter and lauded Babar Azam for his match-winning knock.
Pakistan live to fight another day!— ICC (@ICC) June 26, 2019
Babar Azam and Haris Sohail back up a fantastic performance from their bowlers to seal a six-wicket win!
Scores and highlights of #NZvPAK on the #CWC19 app ⬇️
APPLE 🍎 https://t.co/VpYh7SIMyP
ANDROID 🤖 https://t.co/cVREQ16w2N pic.twitter.com/zmuyZJGfxx
Match winning inning from Babar Azam. Brilliant display of talent by Haris Sohail. What a class act he is turning out to be.— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 26, 2019
Shaheen Afridi bowled with pace & aggression.
Pakistan Zindabad. One step closer to the dream. #PAKvNZ #CWC19
Babar Azam has faced criticism about not taking his team home in the past and leading them to victories. Today he will have silenced some of his critics with a superb century under great pressure and on a difficult wicket against a very good bowling attack #CWC19 #NZvPAK— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 26, 2019
Men in Green 💚❤❤💯— M Mansoor: We have We will🇵🇰 (@mansoorThoughts) June 26, 2019
Pure class ❤
Beat the Unbeaten team in 1992,
Beat the Unbeaten team in 2019,
A century 💯 in 1992 by Ramiz raja ,
A century 💯in 2019 by Babar Azam,
An unpredictable team for a reason.. A team to surprise everyone 🇵🇰✌✌✌✌#PAKvNZ #CWC19 #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/SV5h81QoTV