Pakistan and New Zealand engaged in a furious ODI World Cup match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Pakistan chose to field first after winning the toss in an attempt to take advantage of the favorable circumstances.
Batting first, New Zealand amassed a massive 401/6 thanks to a superb partnership between Rachin Ravindra (108) and Kane Williamson (95). Williamson's injury-affected comeback to the team was vital even though he didn't score a century, and Ravindra achieved his third ODI century of the competition. The Kiwis overcame the formidable 400-run mark thanks to the fast finishing contributions of Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchel Santner. Mohammad Wasim Junior of Pakistan stood out with his three-wicket haul.
In the chase, the dismissal of Abdullah Shafique was an early blow for Pakistan. But the Kiwis were taken aback by Fakhar Zaman's incredible century off just 63 balls. The combination of Zaman's aggressive style and Babar Azam's solid innings created the conditions for a thrilling chase. Rain caused the game to be temporarily abandoned during the 22nd over. After the break, the game was resumed with a revised DLS goal of 342 in 41 overs. Pakistan was in a favorable position as they were still ten runs ahead of the DLS par total.
Nevertheless, rain intervened once more during the 26th over, with Pakistan positioned at 200/1. Unfortunately, the inclement weather prevented the resumption of play, leading to Pakistan's victory by 21 runs via the DLS method.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 401/6 (Rachin Ravindra 108, Kane Williamson 95; Mohammad Wasim Jr 3-60) lost to Pakistan 200/1 in 25.3 overs (Fakhar Zaman 126*, Babar Azam 66*) by 21 runs (DLS)