New Zealand vs Pakistan Preview & Prediction

Jun 27, 2019, 00:58
New Zealand vs Pakistan Preview & Prediction

A critical game in the race for that semi-final berth will be played at Edgbaston between Pakistan and New Zealand, with the latter now remaining undefeated in the tournament. He missed out on getting his maiden ODI century but his crucial knock, which came off 112 balls with five fours and three sixes, helped New Zealand stay in the game.

Wicketkeeper: In wicketkeeping, New Zealand's Tom Latham would be preferred over Pakistan's skipper Sarafarz Ahmed, who is having a tough time in the World Cup 2019.

Pakistan bowler Shaheen Afridi caused some top order headaches for New Zealand.

Pakistan still have a slim chance of reaching the World Cup semifinals but they have to win all of their remaining games starting with the match against unbeaten New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday (June 26).

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Forget Williamson for a second - New Zealand's unbeaten start to the World Cup has been a true team effort with everyone stepping up to the plate. Pakistan openers looked to be on the attack early, however, they soon had to change the strategy once Fakhar Zaman fell to Boult in the third over. Outside, a coalition of Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis and Englishmen were all willing on New Zealand.

As for Pakistan, they have only won two out of their six games, which is why they face an uphill battle to reach the last four. New Zealand are 6 for the loss of one wicket. The duo controlled their aggressive style of play, countered the spin challenge of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez in the middle overs and stroked their respective fifties. The standout member of the Men in Green's pace attack so far, Amir's form after a hard start to 2019 has been held up as a reference point for others within the squad - particularly fellow paceman Hasan Ali. "Whenever you bowl the ball up to the batsmen, there is always a chance for it to reverse", Riaz told cricketworldcup.com.

Their batting line-up too lacked spark before the left-handed Haris Sohail, who was dropped after the opening game, made a strong comeback with a 59-ball 89 to help Pakistan post a challenging 308/7 against South Africa. It took a superb legspinner's delivery from Shadab Khan to remove him and New Zealand were 83-5 in the 27th. We knew 240 wasn't an easy target so our message to the batsmen was to bat for 50 overs.

Pakistan's Babar Azam took charge of the run chase to keep his country's tournament hopes alive.

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The lack of reverse swing has hampered fast bowlers all around the world due to the introduction of two new balls by the ICC.

"The team, other people are standing up at different times, and you can back everyone to do a job rather than just relying on a couple of key players". If they wish to proceed further in this tournament, they will have to pull up their socks in the fielding department.

Nasser Hussain viewed the Edgbaston surface as a fifth-day wicket of a Test match.

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