Tim Southee
Tim Southee. Pic Credits: Twitter.

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Tim Southee, a new ball bowler for New Zealand, remarked that despite Pakistan’s challenges to advance through the group stage of the Twenty20 World Cup, New Zealand will not overlook Pakistan in the semi-final match.

When the Netherlands unexpectedly defeated South Africa by 13 runs on Sunday, Pakistan appeared to be out of the tournament. However, a victory over Bangladesh later that day allowed Babar Azam and his squad to go to the knockout stages. 

New Zealand National Cricket Team
New Zealand National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Every Top 4 Side Has A Chance: Tim Southee

“When you get to the top four every side has a chance,” said Southee. “We’ve played a lot against Pakistan in recent times and we know they’re a dangerous side.

“Credit to them, they probably turned up thinking they didn’t have much of a chance but they put on another good performance and they’ll be a massive threat come the semi-final.” 

Tim Southee, New Zealand Bowler
Tim Southee (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand Have To Be On Top Of Their Game

New Zealand would face either England or India in the final if they defeated Pakistan in Sydney, but Southee insisted that the Black Caps, who lost to Australia in last year’s final, were taking things one game at a time. 

“There’s still a lot of cricket to be played until we get to that stage,” he said.

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“Pakistan are a quality side and we’re going to have to be on the top of our game to get past them on Wednesday.

New Zealand vs Pakistan, NZ vs PAK, New Zealand, Pakistan
New Zealand vs Pakistan, NZ vs PAK (Credits: Twitter)

Semi-final cricket is exciting, it’s what you turn up for, to be here in these last couple of games. Hopefully we can continue the way that we’ve been playing and have another good performance in the semi. 

“One of the consistencies of the side is the way we approach things is pretty much the same, no matter what game it is. That’s something to come back to and that’s something we’re very good at.” 

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