Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi (28/3) and the fierce bowling of Babar Azam (101 not out) in the ODIs with the help of 10th century, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets on Wednesday. This win has wings for Pakistan's hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup. Shahin took 3 wickets for 28 runs in 10 overs and played a key role in stopping New Zealand to score 237 for 6 wickets. Pakistan scored 241 for 4 wickets in 49.1 overs to register their third win. He has now seven points in seven matches. New Zealand have 11 points in seven matches and they are still at second place.
Babur taking full advantage of the life of 38 runs on his personal yoga and played an unbeaten 101 in 127 balls, including 11 fours. Haris Sohail, the hero of victory against South Africa, scored 68 runs in 76 balls with five fours and two sixes before the run out. Both of them shared a 126-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
In Pakistan, when Pakistan became champion in 1992, Pakistan was still ahead of the current World Cup. He now has a good chance to reach the semifinals, winning Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5). England's woes have increased with Pakistan's victory.