Pakistan won by 21 runs in World Cup 2023. Fakhar Zaman and captain Babar Azam led Pakistan to a thrilling 21-run victory over New Zealand in a rain-affected match at the Cricket World Cup. Fakhar Zaman made the fastest century for Pakistan in World Cup history. Rain interrupted the game with Pakistan comfortably at 160/1 in their chase of 402 runs, and a revised target of 342 off 41 overs was set.
Pakistan won by 21 runs | PAK vs NZ | World Cup 2023
Pakistan’s decision to bowl first backfired as Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson built a strong partnership for New Zealand. Pakistan needed to chase the target in 35.2 overs to maintain their World Cup hopes. New Zealand had a strong finish, scoring 114 runs in the last 10 overs. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam’s unbroken second-wicket partnership of 194 runs secured the victory for Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman played aggressively, hitting four sixes and four boundaries in his fifty. Pakistan now has eight points from as many games, with their final match against England on November 11 in Kolkata.