New Zealand who have been dominant so far in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 will hope to secure another convincing win over Pakistan when they face each other on June 26 (Wednesday) at Edgbaston. The Kiwis are currently at the top of the points table with 11 points from six matches and is currently unbeaten in the World Cup.
Kane Williamson’s men have been outstanding across departments, led by the captain himself. Ross Taylor has been a supporting act, but an effective one at that, while Colin de Grandhomme has struck vital runs and chipped in with economical overs to complement the pace attack. Speedster Lockie Ferguson has been a revelation for New Zealand picking 14 wickets and bowling at a good pace. Trent Boult and Matt Henry has also chipped in with useful contributions.
While there were calls for a change in the opening pair, the Kiwis are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination against Pakistan.
Here is the predicted playing XI of New Zealand for match 33 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham:
Martin Guptill has a lot of experience behind his back and will have to raise his game as the World Cup approaches towards its business end. New Zealand will hope for a big knock from their star opener.
Colin Munro, when on song, can destroy any bowling unit of the world. Munro, who has struggled to find runs, will look to forge a good partnership with Guptill and lay the platform for the batters to follow.
Kane Williamson (c)
Kane Williamson has been in amazing form with two back to back centuries. He has led New Zealand from the front and will hope to beat Pakistan and seal their semifinal berth.
Ross Taylor has raised his hand when his side needed him the most. However, New Zealand will want the veteran batsman to show consistency and lead their batting in the middle order.
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Tom Latham (wk)
Tom Latham has struggled with the bat so far in the World Cup. He needs to hit the form and provide stability in the middle order. But Latham has done an excellent job with the wicket-keeping gloves on.
James Neesham has had an outstanding tournament so far in England. The all-rounder will look to keep up the excellent work as New Zealand march towards their first World Cup trophy.
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Colin de Grandhomme
Colin de Grandhomme has bounced back after an awful start to the World Cup. The veteran all-rounder will look to contribute more with the bat in the lower-order to provide depth in the Kiwi batting.
Mitchell Santner is a very handy cricketer who can contribute to all the departments. He has had a mild tournament so far claiming only three wickets and needs to bring his best game forward as stiffer challenges await for the New Zealand team.
Lockie Ferguson has been a revelation for New Zealand in this World Cup. So far he has scalped 14 wickets and has bowled with great pace and accuracy. Ferguson’s job will keep doing the same in the remainder of the tournament.
Trent Boult has had an average tournament and will want to raise his game against Pakistan who are playing a must-win match. Boult will have to chip in with early wickets to keep the opponents out of the game.
Matt Henry can bowl quick and will have to pick wickets with the new ball to keep Pakistan openers out of the match. The right-arm pacer has been of average quality and will strive to better his effort in the next game.