On a day where England's World Cup future was under threat, Bairstow produced his second century in four days and his third consecutive ton against New Zealand in one day cricket, to set up a likely tie with India at Edgbaston next Thursday.
They started strongly, topping the table in the early stages after wins over Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but have faltered over the last week.
Knowing the precarious position Pakistan are in, Imam promised that the men in green will put everything on the line and do everything in their power to triumph over Bangladesh. We were allowed to do that at the beginning, the way the two guys played.
Four matches remain to be played before the first semi final at 9.30pm next Tuesday.
New Zealand's top-order trauma reared its head once more as Henry Nicholls fell first ball, missing the chance to overturn an lbw decision won by Chris Woakes - replays confirming the ball would have gone over. "I am pleased that in such a big game I managed to be so lucky".
Ben Stokes (11), who has been in good form recently, was caught by Henry when he mistimed a shot on Santner's delivery.
For New Zealand, it will be important to fix the opening woes. I agree with Kane that the wicket did change - for some reason it started to slow up and became hard to score freely.
Taylor was far more responsible for his own exit when, deciding to go for a risky second run on 28, he failed to beat Adil Rashid´s throw from fine leg to Buttler.
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Waddell, meeting with the media at 3 p.m., said the team received word of the offer sheet just 20 minutes earlier. An offer sheet worth more than $10,568,589 per season would return compensation of four first-round draft picks.
Tom Latham did offer some resistance, hitting 57 before feathering the ball through behind to Joss Butler in rather disappointing fashion to leave his side 164-7.
Bairstow reached his ninth one-day worldwide hundred off 95 balls, including 14 fours and a six.
"England did get the best of the conditions but they were the better team".
"Not ideal to have three defeats, the recipe is simple but not easy", Williamson said.
Ferguson has been one of the stars of the tournament for the Kiwis, taking more wickets than anyone other than Australia's Mitchell Starc with 17.
"I just hope New Zealand get it done for us", said Arthur.
The Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult didn't hold back on the Black Caps' decision to play Southee in the place of the injured Lockie Ferguson, calling it "a cruel mismatch".