Pakistan are set to face New Zealand in match number 19,Super 12 Group 2 of the T20 World Cup. This match will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.Pakistan versus New Zealand series to be held in Pakistan was recently called off by the New Zealand Cricket Board due to security concerns. This caused a huge controversy in world cricket. Now, both the teams are up against each other in a world cup match. This will be New Zealand’s first match in this world cup and they will be looking to start off with a win against a quality Pakistan side.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Against all odds, Pakistan managed to win against India in their first match. They won the match in a comprehensive manner, winning by 10 wickets against a quality Indian side. Pakistan’s bowlers performed really well to restrict India to 151 runs in the first innings. Shaheen Afridi removed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul very early to give Pakistan an early advantage. The rest of the bowlers capitalized and didn’t let India break free and score a lot of runs. Chasing a target of 152, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam remained not out at 79 and 68 respectively. Given Pakistan’s recent performance, they are clear favorites going into this match but they have a tough opposition on their hands.
This will be New Zealand’s first match in this T20 World Cup. They will be led by Kane Williamson in the tournament who has been a successful captain for the kiwis. NZ are a side having a lot of all rounders such as James Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Darryl Mitchell. They have a quality bowling line up having world class players such as Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi. They have a decent batting attack as well. However, NZ lost both their warm up matches against Australia and England. They lost by 3 wickets against Australia and by 13 runs against England. There were a few decent performances in the warm up games. Mitchell Santner picked 3 wickets against Australia whereas Ish Sodhi picked 3 wickets against England. Martin Guptil scored 41 runs against England and Kane Williamson scored 37 runs against Australia. New Zealand would want to win this match against a quality Pakistan side.
Expert Betting Tips
You can expect the Pakistan openers to perform well but New Zealand have a quality bowling side which likes to take wickets in the powerplay.
Shaheen Afridi will be the bowler to watch out for Pakistan.
Kane Williamson will be the batsman to watch out for New Zealand.
Trent Boult will be the bowler to watch out for New Zealand.
- New Zealand to win for 2.128;
- Pakistan Top Batsman - Babar Azam for 2.87;
- New Zealand Top Bowler - Kyle Jamieson for 4.00.