New Zealand and Pakistan will lock horns in the 33rd match of the ICC World Cup 2019. The Kiwis have played consistently in the ongoing tournament and they are yet to be defeated in the six matches they have played. Thus, Kane Williamson-led side will like to continue their domination against Pakistan. We take a look at Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Weather, Pitch and Stats.
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On the other hand, Pakistan had won their previous match against South Africa to keep breathing in the tournament. Pakistan needs to win its remaining three matches to stay in contention for the last four of the tournament. The Men in Green was boosted by the performance of Harris Sohail who had scored a fine knock of 89 runs. In fact, the southpaw batsman was playing his first match of the tournament.
Thus, Pakistan will like to continue their good show in the batting department. However, one concerning point for Sarfaraz Ahmed would be his team’s fielding. Pakistan had dropped as many as seven catches against South Africa and they would aim to pull up their socks against a side like New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s pack leader Mohammad Amir is breathing down the neck of the opposition batsmen with his accurate bowling. Amir is currently the leading wicket-taker of the competition with 15 wickets to his name.
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New Zealand has ticked the right boxes and they have come up with complete performances. Kane Williamson has been the fulcrum of the team’s batting line-up and he would like to continue his good form going. The stylish batsman has scored 373 runs in the tournament at a staggering average of 186.50.
Furthermore, Ross Taylor has been in sublime form with the bat. The right-hander has scored 200 runs in the tourney and he holds a key for New Zealand. However, New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro aren’t in the best of touch. Hence, the openers will like to turn the tables to give a good platform to their team.
Date and Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, 26th June 2019.
Match Prediction: New Zealand is going to start as favourites as they are in fine form. However, Pakistan has the skills to surprise the Blackcaps.
New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson.
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Pitch Report: On Edgbaston, Birmingham track, the run-making would be a task for the batsmen. The last match between New Zealand and South Africa was a slow scoring affair.
Weather Report: The temperature is going to hover around 19 degree Celsius. It is going to be a cloudy day in Edgbaston, Birmingham. However, the rain is going to stay away.
Stats: Mohammad Hafeez needs another three wickets to complete 250 wickets in International cricket.