New Zealand are set to play their first game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Tuesday against a high-flying Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Blackcaps are coming into the game on the back of two consecutive losses in the warm-up fixtures. They went down to England by 13 runs in their last-warm fixture before losing against Australia by 3 wickets.
Ahead of the first game against Pakistan, here’s a look at the predicted playing eleven of New Zealand.
PAK vs NZ: New Zealand’s (NZ) Predicted Playing XI Against Pakistan (PAK)- ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 19
Openers: Devon Conway and Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill played an outstanding knock in the last warm-up fixture against England the other day. In 20 balls, he scored 41 runs, including 4 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate of 205. Against Australia in the first warm-up match, he scored 30 off 20 deliveries. He is looking in a great touch and it will be interesting to see how he starts his campaign against a strong Pakistan bowling unit.
Devon Conway should give him company at the top of the order. His records in T20 cricket speak for itself. Conway is an integral cog in New Zealand’s batting unit. He need to exhibit consistent performances if the Blackcaps are to go to deeper into the tournament.