Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pakistan vs New Zealand, Match Prediction: Who Will Win The Match Between Pakistan And New Zealand?- ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Semi Final 1. New Zealand and Pakistan will clash in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Sydney on November 9. The T20 World Cup 2022 1st semifinal match between New Zealand and Pakistan is scheduled to start at 01:30 PM IST on Wednesday, November 9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It has been a remarkable journey for both sides at the World Cup so far. Babar Azam‘s Pakistan got their campaign underway with a last-ball defeat against arch-rivals India. They faced off against Zimbabwe in the next match and astonishingly lost the fixture. However, Pakistan would then go on to beat the Netherlands before dishing out another clinical performance against South Africa in a do-or-die clash.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy. Image Credits: Twitter

The 2009 T20 World Cup champions needed a helping hand which came from the Dutch side who defeated the Proteas on Sunday, and Babar Azam’s side prevailed over Bangladesh to seal a place in the final four.

New Zealand meanwhile were far more consistent, beating Australia by a massive 89-run in their first match, but had to take a point from their game against Afghanistan which was washed out. Kane Williamson‘s men bounced back with a win over Sri Lanka, although a defeat to England delayed their progress to the semis, which they ultimately sealed by beating Ireland.

Pakistan vs New Zealand
Pakistan vs New Zealand. Image Source: Twitter

New Zealand topped Group B with three wins from five matches. Pakistan had a bit of rub green going their way as they finished on six points in Group A with three wins. Babar Azam-led side have found some momentum heading into the semi-finals.

On a chilly Sydney evening, against the express pace of Anrich Nortje and the craftiness of Lungi Ngidi’s slower ball, Pakistan recovered from 95 for 5 to post their fifth-highest score against South Africa and highest at World Cups. While their top order failed to fire once again, Iftikhar Ahmed and then Shadab Khan scored half-centuries to get Pakistan to a competitive score.

Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed Quinton de Kock and Rilee Rossouw cheaply but Temba Bavuma played his best innings of 2022. By the time play was interrupted after nine overs, South Africa needed to be on 85 to win but were 69 for 4. An hour’s interruption cut six overs off the chase, and when play resumed South Africa needed 75 runs off the remaining five overs.

Pakistan 185 for 9 (Shadab 52, Iftikhar 51, Nortje 4-41) beat South Africa 108 for 9 in 14 overs (Bavuma 36, Afridi 3-14, Shadab 2-16) by 33 runs (DLS method)

Shaheen Shah Afridi. PC- ICC-Getty
Shaheen Shah Afridi. PC- ICC-Getty

Pakistan qualified for the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022 after defeating Bangladesh by five wickets. In their high-stake last Super 12 match, Pakistan rode on Shaheen Shah Afridi’s four for 22, his career-best T20I figures, to first restrict Bangladesh to 127 for eight and then chased down the target in 11 balls to spare.

Pakistan 128 for 5 (Rizwan 32, Haris 31) beat Bangladesh 127 for 8 (Shanto 54, Afridi 4-22, Shadab 2-30) by five wickets

Overwhelmed by the Pakistan bowling attack, the Netherlands could post only 91 for 9 after choosing to bat and eventually lost their third game in a row in the Super 12s. The Netherlands could only manage 91 before Mohammad Rizwan guided Pakistan home in the small chase.

Pakistan 95 for 4 (Rizwan 49, Glover 2-22) beat Netherlands 91 for 9 (Shadab 3-22, Wasim 2-15) by six wickets

The Men in Blue posted their first win of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on board thanks to the brilliance of former captain Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. However, the win was not without its hiccups along the way against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday (October 23).

Hardik Pandya was impressive with the ball as well against Pakistan, picking up three important wickets and scoring 40 runs with the bat, putting on a record 113 runs for the fifth wicket with Virat Kohli who scored 82*.

Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. PC- Getty

Virat Kohli single-handedly powered India to an epic four-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan with a magnificent 53-ball 82 not out in their big-ticket ICC T20 World Cup 2022 game. Pakistan recovered from a wobbly start to post a fighting 159 for eight. India completed the chase in the last ball, with Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya (40) doing the bulk of the scoring after a horror start to their innings.

The two revived India with a 113-run stand for the fourth wicket after they were reeling at 31/4 at one stage. Sent in to bat, Pakistan were well served by Iftikhar Ahmed’s 34-ball 51 and Shan Masood’s unbeaten 52 off 42 balls after they lost their first two wickets with just 15 runs on the board in the fourth over. Arshdeep Singh picked both openers in form Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.

India 160 for 6 (Kohli 82*, Hardik 40) beat Pakistan 159 for 8 (Masood 52*, Iftikhar 51, Arshdeep 3-32, Hardik 3-30) by four wickets

Zimbabwe promised to cause as much damage as they could in the Super 12s and, two games in, they have inflicted a major blow. They defended 130 to deny Pakistan their first points. After a strong start in their batting, they slipped to 95 for 7 and set Pakistan a modest target on a pitch with good bounce and a big outfield.

But Zimbabwe have an understated and varied attack and they gave Pakistan competition for that label. An all-round disciplined bowling effort led by Sikandar Raza (3/25) helped Zimbabwe stun Pakistan by one run in a thriller in Perth.

Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)
Sikandar Raza (PC-Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s pacers removed Pakistan’s openers in the first five overs before Sikandar Raza, in the form of his life, took two wickets in two balls and another in his next over to leave Pakistan on 94 for 6. Still, they should have fancied their chances. Pakistan needed 38 runs in the last five overs. Pakistan needed 11 to win off the final over of a pulsating evening, and that equation came down to three from three with the well-set Mohammad Nawaz at the crease.

But 25-year-old pacer Brad Evans produced three stunning deliveries right when it mattered. It still was at three needed off three but Brad Evans, playing his first game of this ICC T20 World Cup 2022 picked 2 scalps to flip the whole entire script.

Zimbabwe 130 for 8 (Williams 31, Wasim 4-24, Shadab 3-23) beat Pakistan 129 for 8 (Masood 44, Raza 3-25, Evans 2-25) by one run

Kane Williamson returned to form at just the right time, cracking 61 off 35 balls, as New Zealand became the first team to make it to the T20 World Cup semi-final.

New Zealand 185 for 6 (Williamson 61, Allen 32, Little 3-22) beat Ireland 150 for 9 (Stirling 37, Ferguson 3-22, Santner 2-26, Southee 2-29, Sodhi 2-31) by 35 runs

Sri Lanka had New Zealand 15 for 3 in the powerplay. But then they dropped Glenn Phillips, and it was all new Zealand from there. Glenn Phillips bashed 104 off 64 deliveries to almost single-handedly carry New Zealand to 167 for 7 (the next-highest score in the team was 22), before Trent Boult and Tim Southee put on a powerplay showcase, taking four wickets between them while the fielding restrictions were still on in Sri Lanka’s chase.

New Zealand 167 for 7 (Phillips 104, Rajitha 2-23) beat Sri Lanka 102 (Shanaka 35, Boult 4-13) by 65 runs

Tim Southee and Trent Boult
Tim Southee and Trent Boult Image Source: Twitter

New Zealand-NZ registered their first win in Australia in any format since 2011. New Zealand defeated Australia by 89 runs in the first Super 12 match. NZ’s pacer Tim Southee (3/6) was the one who started the Aussie downfall with his figures.

NZ spinner Mitchell Santner (3/31) owned the middle phase with his spell. NZ pacer Trent Boult (2/24) took care of the tail. Earlier, Devon Conway (92*) and Finn Allen (42) helped New Zealand to put on 200/3 after being put into bat first by Australia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 match.

New Zealand 200 for 3 (Conway 92*, Allen 42) beat Australia 111 (Maxwell 28, Southee 3-6, Santner 3-31) by 89 runs

Jos Buttler chose to bat first on a used pitch and produced his first significant innings of the tournament, making a superbly-paced 73 off 47 balls after two reprieves to set up England’s total of 179. He became England’s leading scorer in men’s T20Is in the process, on the night he won his 100th cap.

England managed to strike regularly towards the end: Ben Stokes removed Kane Williamson, Mark Wood rushed James Neesham, and Sam Curran closed out the win with a superb spell at the death.

England 179 for 6 (Buttler 73, Hales 52, Ferguson 2-45) beat New Zealand 159 for 6 (Phillips 62, Curran 2-26) by 20 runs

NZ Probable XI: Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

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PAK Probable XI: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Mohammad, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah

Pakistan vs New Zealand, Match Prediction: Who Will Win The Match Between Pakistan And New Zealand?- ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Semi-Final 1

Pakistan have peaked at the right time and with incredible head-to-head records (Pakistan has won four out of six games against New Zealand in the history of T20 WCs), Babar Azam & Co. are likely to win the match. So prediction from here is that Pakistan will come out on top against New Zealand and will qualify for the summit clash of the T20 World Cup 2022. Pakistan also have a better win-loss record against New Zealand, which would keep them in good stead.