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Pak vs NZ: Black Caps post 237 runs against Pakistan at the loss of six wickets

New Zealand posted 237 runs at the loss of six wicket against Pakistan in the much anticipated ICC World Cup 2019 encounter at Edgbaston Birmingham  on Wednesday.

New Zealand’s middle order batsman James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme rescued their side from total collapse as the two shared a 122 runs fifth wicket partnership. Neesham was the top scorer for his side with an unbeaten knock of 97 runs.

The partnership finally broke down after Colin de Grandhomme got run out by Mohammad Amir after a well made 64 runs.


Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Amir got the early breakthrough for Pakistan, after he bowled New Zealand’s opener Martin Guptill on 5. Shaheen Shah Afridi got the second scalp for Pakistan with the wicket of Colin Munro, who was caught by Haris Sohail at first slip on 12.


Shaheen Shah picked his second wicket, with the important scalp of Ross Taylor who was sent packing on 3, after a brilliant grab by wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Shaheen picked his third wicket, with Tom Latham getting caught behind on 1.

Leggie Shadab Khan picked the important breakthrough with the all important of the in form Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson, who got caught behind after an inning of 41 runs.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan. 

“We wanted to bat first and we are not worried about the conditions as that is not in our hand. Good to see him (Amir) back in form and others also bowled really well especially in the last game. Catching is a concern and hopefully we will do well as a fielding unit today,” said Sarfaraz Ahmed at the toss.

Teams:

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult