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.
I am a Kiwi for the day
New Zealand had first beaten Pakistan in 1983 and their second victory came only in 2011. Pakistan have won six consecutive games in between. Michael Vaughan, former England captain who was left disappointed with his country’s 64-run loss to defending champions Australia on Sunday, threw his weight behind the New Zealanders for Wednesday’s game.
In a tweet, the social media-savvy expert said: “I am a Kiwi for the day …”. Vaughan has earned a bad name for having made a few wrong predictions in the past although his backing India in their games in this World Cup has paid off every time. The Pakistani fans were not complaining though and felt their team could win as a result of Vaughan’s prediction.
I am a Kiwi for the day .... #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 26, 2019