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Fakhar Zaman’s Blistering Century Propels Pakistan to Crucial Win

In a thrilling encounter at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, the Pakistan cricket team kept their World Cup dreams alive with a crucial victory over New Zealand. The match, which was interrupted by rain, saw Pakistan emerge victorious by 21 runs, according to the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

The Green Shirts were batting at 200-1 in 25.3 overs when the match was halted due to rain. Fakhar Zaman, who was unbeaten on 126, and skipper Babar Azam, who was not out on 66, were at the crease. Thanks to a blistering batting display by Fakhar, Pakistan were 21 runs ahead on the DLS score after 25.3 overs and emerged victorious.

The 194-run partnership between Azam and Fakhar propelled Pakistan to an essential win. Fakhar also scored the fastest century (63 balls) for Pakistan in a World Cup match, overtaking former cricketer Imran Nazir who did it in 95 balls against Zimbabwe in the 2007 World Cup. The 33-year-old scored 11 sixes in the process, becoming the only fourth batter to score ten or more sixes in the history of the World Cup.

Batting first, the Black Caps posted 401-6, the second-highest total of the ongoing competition. Rachin Ravindra (108), Kane Williamson (95), and Glenn Phillips (41) were the main contributors. Williamson, back in the team after breaking his thumb earlier in the tournament, fell for 95 after sharing a 180-run second-wicket partnership with Ravindra.

Pakistan’s fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, set unwanted records as both pacers bowled the most expensive spells for the Men in Green in World Cup history. Afridi conceded 90 runs in 10 overs, while Rauf conceded 85 in 10 overs.

The Green Shirts are now preparing to take on the struggling England team at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on November 11. New Zealand will now play an all-important match against Sri Lanka on November 9 at the same venue. If the Black Caps emerge victorious there, things could get pretty difficult for the Azam-led unit.

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