Rachin Ravindra and Kane Williamson piled up against Pakistan, New Zealand vs Pakistan, ODI World Cup, Bengaluru, November 4, 2023

Late Flourish and Bowling Challenges

New Zealand accelerated from 261/3 to 318/4 thanks to an attacking partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman. Their aggressive approach helped the team breach the 300-run mark inside 40 overs. 

However, both batsmen fell to the bowlers, with Mitchell perishing to a slower ball from Haris Rauf and Chapman bowled by a hint of reverse swing from Wasim Jr.

Despite fielding four pacers, Pakistan struggled as their senior bowlers failed to contain New Zealand. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Hasan Ali all proved expensive, with only Mohammad Wasim Jr. making a notable impact.

Glenn Phillips provided the finishing touch to New Zealand's innings, scoring 41 runs off just 25 balls. His aggressive approach yielded 4 fours and 2 sixes, helping the team add 54 runs in the final five overs.

New Zealand's imposing total of 401/6 sets the stage for a thrilling contest against Pakistan. As the battle unfolds, both teams will be eager to assert their dominance in this crucial World Cup fixture.