Although New Zealand slumped to a 6-wicket loss to Pakistan in the World Cup at Birmingham, the immaculate performance with the bat from Jimmy Neesham was a moment to savor for the Black Caps.
The left-handed batsman came into bat with his side having lost 4 wickets very few on the board and soon found himself losing the most consistent batsman for New Zealand Kane Williamson. Despite half of the side back in the pavilion, Neesham batted unfettered and played a remarkable unbeaten innings of 97 that helped his team post a total of some respectability.
Neesham’s glorious knock was lit by 5 fours and 3 sixes and a lot of patience as he warded off the pace and spin threat posed by Pakistan’s versatile bowling attack to acquire fluency towards the latter half of his innings. A supreme effort from the 28-year-old, Neesham’s brilliance however was overshadowed by Pakistan’s victory in the end.