Birmingham: Pakistan kept alive their possibilities of achieving the world Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, cruising to a six-wicket win against formerly unbeaten New Zealand at Edgbaston.

New Zealand scored 237 for 6 of their 50 overs however that general proved insufficient as Babar Azam scored an impressive unbeaten 101 and Haris Sohail (68) offered precious assist.

Pakistan reached their goal off the first ball in their final over, finishing on 241-4.

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"The wicket turned into difficult but my goal became to bat for fifty overs and if I did I knew Pakistan might win the suit," said man-of-the-suit Babar.

"We recognise we'd need to score runs off the tempo bowlers. Once (Mitchell) Santner came on it became doing stuff off the pitch so (Mohammad) Hafeez informed me to stick at it and score 3 or 4 runs an over."

Sarfaraz Ahmed's facet, who beat South Africa on Sunday to revive their flagging world Cup campaign, now have seven points, level with 5th-placed Bangladesh and just one point in the back of hosts England.

in the course of the route of his innings, Babar have become the second one-quickest to reach 3,000 one-day international runs in front of hundreds of fanatical Pakistan enthusiasts.

Babar, 24, took 11 innings extra than South Africa's Hashim Amla, who reached the milestone in fifty seven innings, but overtook West Indies terrific Viv Richards (sixty nine innings).

He reached his hundred off 124 balls with eleven fours.

earlier, Jimmy Neesham hit a career-quality ninety seven now not out while Colin de Grandhomme made sixty four after New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat.

Left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi (3-28) starred as Pakistan reduced New Zealand to eighty three-5, with in-form captain Kane Williamson disregarded with the aid of leg-spinner Shadab Khan for 41.

New Zealand are second in the table on eleven factors at the back of Australia, the handiest group who have qualified to date.

The top four groups qualify for the semi-finals.

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