New Zealand set modest target of 238 runs for Pakistan

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26th June, 2019 08:29:08 printer

New Zealand set modest target of 238 runs for Pakistan

Pakistan got the breakthrough they were looking for after Colin de Grandhomme (64) was run out in World Cup match against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

The wicket ended a 100-plus runs partnership between James Neesham and de Grandhomme that had stabilised New Zealand after their top order was destroyed by Pakistan's bowlers.

New Zealand were 237 for 6 at the end of their innings.

They made it to 100 runs after 32 overs, losing five wickets along the way as they faced the onslaught of Pakistani bowlers.

New Zealand were jolted by Pakistani bowling attack after Shadab Khan bagged the crucial wicket of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (41) in the 27th over.

The wicket came just as Williamson and teammate Neesham were moving towards a partnership after New Zealand's top order crumbled before Pakistani bowlers. The Black Caps were five wickets down at the score of just 84 by the end of the 27th over.

De Grandhomme, who walked out to bat after Williamson, barely survived a run out appeal in the 30th over after a direct hit at the non-striker's end by Shadab.

They had been struggling since the beginning of the innings as fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir took down New Zealand's top order.