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Indian Airlines honors Pakistan cricket team on flight to Kolkata

Indian Airlines honors Pakistan cricket team on flight to Kolkata

Indian Airlines honors Pakistan cricket team on flight to Kolkata

Indian Airlines honors Pakistan cricket team on flight to Kolkata

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  • Pakistan’s cricket team left for their England match after a warm Bengaluru welcome.
  • They beat New Zealand with Fakhar Zaman’s century and a strong partnership.
  • Pakistan aims for the World Cup semi-finals.
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In a heartwarming gesture, the Pakistan men’s cricket team experienced a warm welcome as they departed from Bengaluru to Kolkata on a chartered flight for their upcoming match against England in the ICC World Cup 2023.

The gesture was made even more special as Indian Airlines decorated the interior of the plane with green lights to celebrate the team’s recent victory.

The “Men in Green” had every reason to celebrate, having secured a significant victory against New Zealand in their previous match. This triumph not only boosted their spirits but also positioned them well in their quest to secure a spot in the final four of the competition.

In their last encounter, Pakistan triumphed over New Zealand by 21 runs (according to the DLS method) in the 35th match of the event held at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India. The match was halted due to rain when the “Green Shirts” were batting at 200-1 in 25.3 overs, with Fakhar Zaman (126*) and skipper Babar Azam (66*) still at the crease.

Fakhar Zaman played a pivotal role with his blistering batting, scoring the fastest century for Pakistan in a World Cup match, achieving it in just 63 balls, overtaking former cricketer Imran Nazir, who did it in 95 balls during the 2007 World Cup. Fakhar’s remarkable innings featured 11 sixes, making him only the fourth batter in the history of the World Cup to score ten or more sixes in a single match.

The highlight of the match was the incredible 194-run partnership between Azam and Fakhar, which propelled the “Green Shirts” to an essential victory, keeping their hopes alive for a place in the semi-finals of the mega event.

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In the contest, New Zealand posted a challenging total of 401-6, the second-highest total in the ongoing competition, with notable contributions from Rachin Ravindra (108), Kane Williamson (95), and Glenn Phillips (41). Kane Williamson, who returned to the team after recovering from a thumb injury, fell just short of a century after sharing a 180-run second-wicket partnership with Ravindra.

However, it was Pakistan’s fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, who set some unwanted records. Both pacers conceded the most runs for Pakistan in a World Cup match, with Shaheen Shah Afridi giving away 90 runs in 10 overs, and Haris Rauf conceding 85 runs in his 10 overs.

With the excitement still in the air after their recent victory, Pakistan’s next challenge will be against a struggling England team at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 11. As they continue their journey in the ICC World Cup 2023, the “Men in Green” aim to build on their recent success and make their presence felt on the global cricket stage.

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