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World Cup 2019, Match33- Nz Vs Pak, Preview: Replenished Pakistan Up Against Daunting Kiwi Challenge

“Pakistan have a mighty upper hand over New Zealand when it comes to World Cups.”

The ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza has reached its business end and from here on, every game holds special importance for the top eight teams, who are still in the hunt to claim those final four semis spots. In the 33rd match of the tournament, New Zealand will be clashing against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 26, Wednesday. Both the teams are coming into this game very much high on confidence as they have recorded brilliant victories in their respective previous outings. They would now be hoping to keep up the winning momentum.

A couple of days ago, New Zealand survived an almighty scare in the form of Carlos Brathwaite’s belligerent, maiden international ton. The Kane Williamson-led team managed to beat the Windies by five runs. After six matches, the Black Caps are still unbeaten and are at the top of the points table with a Net Run Rate of +1.306.

On the other hand, Pakistan are coming off after a thumping victory over South Africa by 49 runs at the renowned Lord’s in London. In World Cup cricket, the Men in Green have beaten New Zealand six out of eight times. However, in the last 13 ODIs, the Asian team has beaten their opponent only once. Moreover, Pakistan’s last victory over the Kiwis outside the sub-continent came way back in 2011 in Hamilton.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

New Zealand

Pakistan

Tied

No Result

Overall (106)

48

54

1

3

In World Cup (8)

2

6

 

 

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

The Kiwis may want to give Henry Nicholls an opportunity as Colin Munro has just not been able to deliver after his unbeaten 58 against Sri Lanka. Martin Guptill has shown sparks of brilliance but is yet to produce something substantial. It’s pretty evident that Captain Kane and the ever so reliable Ross Taylor need to continue producing the runs. Tom Latham needs to arrest his slump at the earliest.

Colin de Grandhomme scoring 60 versus the Proteas will keep him in good stead. James Neesham can smack the leather hard and his role is also vital, being their premier all-rounder. In the bowling line-up, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson have been amongst the wickets as well. Matt Henry would want to park aside the horror of the previous match and take the park with a refreshed mindset.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.

Pakistan’s likely Playing XI

Pakistan would want to field their winning combination from the last game. As far as their openers- Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq- are concerned, it’s high time they convert the starts into something substantial. Babar Azam, their leading run-scorer in the tournament, needs to be at his best. Mohammad Hafeez isn’t in the worst of form either with the bat in hand.

Haris Sohail replacing Shoaib Malik turned out to be a masterstroke as the southpaw scored 89. In the bowling department, Mohammad Amir undoubtedly holds the key with 15 wickets thus far. Wahab Riaz has cranked up the pace and ruffled feathers. Imad Wasim is yet to pick up a wicket in the tournament but has an economy of 4.85. Shadab Khan also came back to form with the three-fer.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.