Imran Khan with the winning trophy of the 1992 World Cup.
Following Pakistan's thrilling win against New Zealand on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated the cricket team on "a great comeback."
"Congratulations especially go to Babar, Haris and Shaheen for their brilliant performances," said Imran, who led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 World Cup.
Imran Khan extended the felicitations on his official Twitter account after Pakistan won the crucial match against New Zealand.
Pakistan ruined New Zealand’s perfect record with a six-wicket victory in Birmingham that kept its Cricket World Cup semifinal hopes alive and put more pressure on England.
Babar Azam hit his 10th ODI century, finishing 101 not out off 127 balls, as Pakistan reached 241-4 in 49.1 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 237-6.
Babar Azam (3R) shakes hands with New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson (L) as he celebrates after victory in the group match. AFP
Every boundary — 11 of them from Babar — produced a huge roar and a sea of green flags in the stands as an overwhelmingly Pakistan-supporting crowd had a day to remember at Edgbaston.
Wasim, Afridi praise Pakistan’s brilliant start against New Zealand
Earlier, Pakistan’s former cricket captain Wasim Akram and former all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi have lauded Pakistan team for their brilliant start against New Zealand in must-win match in the World Cup 2019.
Wasim took to Twitter lauding the performance of the team said, “What a start from Pakistan vs New Zealand under the pump here. Everyone is chipping in body language is looking brilliant by the boys in green.”
Shahid Afridi said “Great start Pakistan!! We should not let this go from here, body language must stay the same. Wickets are crucial Pakistan must not sit back, need to keep attacking.”
Pakistan’s paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took three quick wickets to leave New Zealand in desperate trouble at 46-4 in the World Cup match against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Mohammad Amir bowled Martin Guptill with the score on five before Shaheen had opener Colin Munro caught by Haris Sohail in the slips for 12.
New Zealand, who won the toss and chose to bat, struggled passed fifty in the 16th over.Agencies
Imran sent out a series of messages on Twitter to convey that Pakistan should elect to bat unless there was moisture on the pitch.
In a new autobiography, the fiery all-rounder says he was aged 19 when he blasted onto the world stage with his record-breaking innings, and not 16 as history suggests.
Sarfaraz Ahmed's side needed to smash the world record for margin of victory in a one-day international but, after winning the toss at Lord's, they failed to muster enough runs to give them a chance.
Bangladesh must be all out for seven or lower if Pakistan are to deny New Zealand a place in the semi-finals alongside Australia, India and England.
After rain delayed Friday's scheduled start by 90 minutes, Pakistan were left with 60 minutes to bat in a morning session extended by half an hour until 1:30pm local.
The International Cricket Council had earlier announced that India will remain the hosts of the 2021 tournament while the postponed 2020 tournament which was to be held in Australia will now take place in 2023. Identifying backup venues is standard practice for any tournament.
Lionel Messi might never have been faced with a more daunting task at Barcelona than engineering a victory against Bayern Munich in Lisbon on Friday.