Pakistan vs New Zealand clash of ODI World Cup 2023 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru is underway. The Kiwis, batting first, scored a mammoth total of 401/6 in their 50 overs. Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson built a partnership of 180 runs. The former scored 108 runs off 94 balls and the skipper missed his hundred by 5 runs as he was dismissed on 95 runs on 79 deliveries.
Pakistan have started their chase with Fakhar Zaman firing all around the park and scoring a hundred on 63 balls and have been looking dangerous. With skipper Babar Azam playing more of an anchoring role. Former South African batter Herschelle Gibbs has lashed out at the skipper as he is playing a slow innings. The No.1 ODI batter is batting on 47 runs off 51 balls. The Men in Green batter has struggled with form in the tournament.
He has scored three fifties in seven innings and for that former players and experts have also lashed the skipper's performance. They have reached a score of 160/1 in 21.3 overs. Pakistan has to win the match in order to remain in contention for the semi-final.
Can someone tell Babar they chasing 400: Herschelle Gibbs
Gibbs said, "Can someone tell Babar they chasing 400..." The revised target for the 1992 World Champions is 342 runs in 41 overs. The target is achievable at the small ground of Chinnaswamy with dew coming on. The Kiwis are in the fourth position in the 10-team table with eight points, having secured four wins and suffered three defeats. Pakistan, with six points, must secure a victory to remain in contention for a spot in the semi-finals.
Previously Moin Khan lashed on Babar saying, "He is leading the side for the past four years. He has led the team in almost all the big events. Not a single thing he has learnt over the period of time. When you need to apply pressure, he is not doing anything. When you need wickets, you don’t see the close-in fielders. You need to bring those strategies. We were playing against Afghanistan, he should have attacked by bringing the close-in fielders."
Here's how fans reacted
Babar has been statpadding since forever.— Samarth Sharma (@samsharma260793) November 4, 2023
Well well this is the only way he can play cricket, he can't play attacking cricket. In modern day it's basic requirement to have. He is more concerned about is stats not team winning. All he can do is score hundred in 80 or 85 balls. pic.twitter.com/vMmWfBfaf4— CricWiz (@CricWizTalks) November 4, 2023
He knew what he needs to achieve to remains at number 1 position in ICC ODI Rankings— Wasay Habib (@wwasay) November 4, 2023
You're the best person to say it. pic.twitter.com/ZAUKfDCtDH— Johns (@JohnyBravo183) November 4, 2023
He is only worried about his rankings and Biryani— Rainbow Salt (@Rainbowsalts91) November 4, 2023
like you don't know pakistan team , If he gets out there would be a line of wickets behind him— nav_97 (@MMalik002) November 4, 2023
Babar Azam was just anchoring the inning and Fakhar Zaman was accelerating so he can’t through his wicket as wicket in hand is always a key.— King Babar Azam Army (@babarazamking_) November 4, 2023
Old mates knows 🔔 mistakes 🤣— Qamar Raza (@Rizzvi73) November 4, 2023