Babar, Rizwan deflate New Zealand with century opening stand

Trent Boult returns, and breaks the century opening stand with the wicket of Babar Azam, who holes out to long-on. However, Pakistan are in driver’s seat to secure the final berth in the T20 World Cup. The breakthrough has come a little too late in the day for New Zealand, perhaps.

Babar had actually gone to outscore his opening partner to the fifty. He has come to the party when Pakistan needed it the most. They were having troubles with their opening pair, but the duo has risen to the occasion in a crunch game.