Pakistan has ruined New Zealand’s perfect record with a six-wicket victory in Birmingham that kept its Cricket World Cup semifinal hopes alive and put more pressure on England.
Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI century, finishing 101 not out off 127 balls, as Pakistan reached 241-4 in 49.1 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 237-6.
Every boundary – 11 of them from Babar – produced a huge roar and a sea of green flags in the stands as an overwhelmingly Pakistan-supporting crowd had a day to remember at Edgbaston.
Babar shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 126 with Haris Sohail, who was run out for 68.
Pakistan moved level on seven points with Bangladesh, one point behind fourth-place England, which has lost its last two games. The top four in the 10-team standings advance to the semifinals.
New Zealand is second with 11 points.