PAK vs NZ Dream11 Prediction: After registering a historic 10-wicket win against arch-rivals India, Pakistan will be aiming to build further momentum as they take on New Zealand later tonight. Although it may seem as a mouth-watering clash on paper, it definitely has more significance to it. The Kiwis backed out at the final moment from squaring off in a bilateral series in Pakistan, as Babar Azam and his men look to respond.
Both sides have quality players in their respective squads, and the wicket at Sharjah makes the game all the more intriguing. This will be New Zealand’s first game of the ICC T20 World Cup this season, as they hope to get the desired result in order to stick a claim for the semis.
Fixture Name: ICC T20 World Cup Match 6, Pakistan vs New Zealand
Competition: ICC T20 World Cup
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
New Zealand: WW
Ground Details: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Pitch Report: The wicket in Sharjah proved to be a difficult one to bat on during the IPL. However, that seems to have changed in the T20 World Cup, as teams such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have managed to go beyond a score of 170. The batters are expected to have a good time, but the spin bowlers can prove to be effective.
Toss Update: Pakistan have won the toss and will bowl first
WK: M Rizwan
BAT: M Guptill, K Williamson, B Azam, F Zaman
AR: J Neesham, M Santner, S Khan
BOW: T Boult, H Ali, S Afridi
Both sides have some quality personnel in their respective sides, and it could turn out to be a tightly contested affair. However, considering Pakistan’s dominant win against tournament favorites India, they will be heading in as the more confident side.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been two of the most prominent batters in recent time for Pakista. Fakhar Zaman can also pack a punch with his big hitting ability. Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan can chip in with their ability to pick regular wickets.
Babar Azam led by example versus India in the last game. The Pakistani captain scored an unbeaten 68 from 52 deliveries, and looked solid throughout. From the 62 T20Is, Babar Azam has scored 2272 at an average of 48.3. He’s also struck 21 fifties and three hundreds in the process.
Mohammad Rizwan topped the charts by scoring a sublime knock of 79 from 55 deliveries versus the Indians. The wicket keeper batsman now has 1144 runs from 44 T20Is, while having a staggering average of 52. Rizwan also has nine fifties and a hundred under his belt.
Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afrid
The likes of Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Devon Conway can contribute with runs. Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi might have a thing or tow to offer with the ball in hand.
Kane Williamson has been one of the most reliable batsmen for his country for quite a few years now. The New Zealand skipper has scored 1805 runs from 67 T20Is, which includes 13 fifties, and an average of 31.7.
Trent Boult is expected to lead the pace attack for New Zealand. The express fast bowler has picked up 46 wickets from just 34 T20Is, while, having an economy rate of eight per over.
Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson(c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Tim Seifert(w), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
The upcoming fixture between Pakistan and New Zealand will be available to watch on Star Sports and Hotstar.
The rest of the ICC T20 World Cup fixtures will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network and will also be live-streamed on Hotstar.
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