In a do or die match for Pakistan, Babar Azam walked in, displayed nerves of steel and stayed till the end of the chase to send his side over the line with a 6 wicket win over New Zealand, who, till Wednesday, were unbeaten in the World Cup 2019.
Chasing a modest target of 238 in bowler-friendly conditions, Pakistan’s best batsman, Babar played a mercurial inning while taking the full responsibility and scored an unbeaten 101 runs, making it his maiden World Cup ton.
Following his match-winning performance, Babar Azam rated this innings as his best one yet. “This is my best innings. the wicket was difficult and turned a lot in the second half. The plan was to go through to the end and give my 100%,” Babar said.
Sarfaraz Ahmed's side, who beat South Africa on Sunday to revive their flagging World Cup campaign, now has seven points, level with fifth-placed Bangladesh and just one point behind hosts England.