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T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan vs New Zealand Match

Pakistan will be going into the game with a lot of confidence after beating India by 10 wickets on Sunday.


Preview of the Match:


Pakistan and New Zealand are set to face each other in Match No.19 of the T20 World Cup on Tuesday, October 26. The match is at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, started their campaign in the best possible way after they defeated Virat Kohli’s India by 10 wickets on Sunday.


Babar, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi played key roles as the Men in Green registered their maiden World Cup win over the Men in Blue. The Black Caps, on the other hand, have looked a tad jittery of late. Kane Williamson and his men lost to Australia and England in the warm-ups a few days ago.

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Also, this match is completely balanced. Although New Zealand has lost their warm-up matches they can make a comeback any day. Rizwan and Babar Azam are in their best form. We are expecting a great battle between Boult, Ferguson, and Babar, Rizwan.


Toss will play a key role in this play.


Match Details


Match – Pakistan vs New Zealand – Match 19
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network


Pitch Report


The pitch in Sharjah has generally been slow and low. But the game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka turned out to be a high-scoring affair. The track, however, has continued to favor the team, batting second.
Average score: 142 (16 T20Is in Sharjah)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 6, Lost – 9, Tied – 1

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Probable Playing XIs


Pakistan


Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Bench: Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr


New Zealand

Pakistan


Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Bench: Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Kyle Jamieson


Head-to-head


Overall
Matches- 24, Pakistan – 14, New Zealand – 10, Tied- 0
In T20 World Cups
Matches- 5, Pakistan – 3, New Zealand – 2, Tied- 0


The probable best batter of the match


Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)
Mohammad Rizwan is currently going through a purple patch in international cricket. The right-hander has scored 831 runs in 15 T20I innings in 2021 at an incredible average of 103.87 and a strike rate of 140.37. Albeit he has scored two ducks this year, he has made up for it with one century and as many as eight half-centuries. The Kiwis need to get him out early.


Probable best bowler of the match

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Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
Lockie Ferguson was excellent when he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League. In Sharjah, he bowled fiery spells and picked wickets at regular intervals. Before the World Cup, he played one warm-up match against England and returned with figures of 3-0-19-1. If he finds his rhythm, Pakistan batters could find themselves in trouble.


Prediction: The team, batting second to win the match.

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