England’s slide has given a new lease of life to the chasing sides in the 2019 ICC World Cup. Pakistan, one of those chasers, will look to get ahead with a win over New Zealand. This match #33 of the tournament will be played on Wednesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Pakistan overcame the low of a loss to India by defeating South Africa. That win kept their flickering hopes of progression alive. New Zealand withstood the barrage from Carlo Brathwaite to remain unbeaten. Another win will confirm their semis spot. Both sides will go for a win in this match for contrasting reasons. Pakistan need a win to stay alive, while New Zealand need to sustain their momentum.
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The Kiwis got a mighty scare from West Indies, but remain unbeaten. The schedule played to their advantage, as they remain on the verge of a semis spot. However, New Zealand will be wary of losing matches and the momentum.
The form of captain Kane Williamson is a huge positive for them. Lockie Ferguson has been taking wickets regularly. If spin becomes a factor in the game, then they could be slightly left out.
It is tough to predict with certainty which Pakistan side will turn up. Wins over England and South Africa highlighted their batting prowess. If the openers continue to build on their form, New Zealand will find it difficult.
The performance of Mohammad Amir has been the shining beacon for Pakistan. Consistent wickets from the left-armer give them an edge. Variety in the bowling attack make Pakistan a great threat for any side.
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Mohammad Amir has enjoyed a new lease of life this tournament. He has looked the real deal for Pakistan.
Kane Williamson has scores of 93, 118, 90, 50, 100, 87, 57, 40, 79*, 106* & 148 in his last 11 ODI innings in England.
Lockie Ferguson has been the standout bowler for the Kiwis. He is among the top-five bowlers of the tournament and will look for more.
New Zealand might look to give Ish Sodhi a game.
New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill 2 Colin Munro 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham (WK) 6 James Neesham 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Lockie Ferguson 10 Ish Sodhi 11 Trent Boult
Pakistan are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.
Pakistan: 1 Imam-ul-Haq 2 Fakhar Zaman 3 Babar Azam 4 Mohammad Hafeez 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK) 6 Haris Sohail 7 Shadab Khan 8 Imad Wasim 9 Mohammad Amir 10 Wahab Riaz 11 Shaheen Afridi
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