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Babar, Hafeez steady Pakistan innings

June 27, 2019 00:00:00

Pakistan were 100-2 after 22.5 overs as they chased a target of 238 runs set by New Zealand in the World Cup clash between the two sides at Edgbaston in England on Wednesday, reports DAWN.

Babar Azam (38 off 49 balls) and Mohammad Hafeez (24 off 44 balls) were batting for Pakistan until our going to press at 10:30 pm, recovering rather well after the loss of two wickets.

The 19th over almost went without a run when at the last ball Babar hit a boundary for four.

New Zealand managed to post 237 runs for the loss of six wickets, thanks to a 132-runs partnership between James Neesham (97 not out) and Colin de Grandhomme (64).

Pakistani bowlers ripped through Kiwis' top order who were 84 for five by the 27th over. Mohammad Amir struck on his first ball, dismissing New Zealand opener Martin Guptill (5) in the second over.

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