PAK vs NZ Dream11 Prediction: The 19th encounter of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be played between Pakistan and New Zealand on 26 October at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. This will be the second match on the exciting double header day in the ongoing edition of the tournament and an important fixture for both these sides.
Both these teams are coming into this match after facing quite contrasting fortunes in their previous few outings. Pakistan opened their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in an emphatic manner as they registered a resounding 10-wicket win against arch-rivals India and this was their first win in World Cup matches over the neighbouring country. On the other hand, New Zealand ended up losing both their practice matches against Australia and England.
New Zealand are placed at the 4th position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 257 rating and 7192 points. On the other hand, Pakistan are placed at the third position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 261 rating and 8883 points. In the 24 games played between these two teams in the T20I format, Pakistan have managed to win 14 matches while New Zealand have emerged victorious 10 occasions so far.
Fixture Name: Match 19, Pakistan vs New Zealand
Competition: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
Date: 26 October
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Ground: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pitch Report: As seen in the previous games this season, there was some extra help for the pace bowlers and spinners at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The pitch has surely been challenging for the batters and they will have to bat really well to put up a big total while batting first. Things will be better for batting in the first innings. Thus, batting first will be a safe decision after winning the toss on this surface. The average first innings total will remain around 150-160 mark.
It will be a great move to pick both of Pakistan and New Zealand players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the opening stage of the competition, it will be a good decision to include more of batters to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Kane Williamson and Trent Boult remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway
BATTERS: Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman
ALL-ROUNDERS: Shadab Khan, Mitchell Santner
BOWLERS: Trent Boult, Hasan Ali, Ish Sodhi
Pakistan will definitely start as the favourites in this match after their terrific performance both with the bat and ball against India. The Babar Azam-led Pakistan team have the spinners and the batters to play well on this tricky Sharjah wicket. On the other hand, New Zealand will also be tough side to beat in these UAE conditions as they have a balanced side that will be eager to start their campaign on a high.
For Pakistan, it will be really important to build on the winning momentum both in the batting as well as bowling departments further in this tournament after that win against India. The likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez will be their important clogs in the batting department. On the other hand, the trio of Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan have to play a significant role with the ball.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam once again looked in a fabulous touch in the opening match of T20 World Cup against arch-rivals India. He played a match-winning knock of 68 runs off 52 balls that included 6 fours and 2 sixes. The Pakistani skipper was involved in a terrific unbeaten opening stand of 152 runs alongside his fellow opening partner Mohammad Rizwan. Babar is currently the No.2 batter in the ICC T20I Rankings having scored more than 2200 runs in 62 T20Is.
After the Pakistani bowlers restricted India to 151 runs, wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan took the responsibility to take his team home in the nervy chase. He contributed with an amazing unbeaten innings of 79 runs off 55 balls that comprised of 6 fours and 3 sixes. During the unbeaten 152-run partnership, Rizwan never really allowed Babar Azam to feel any pressure of playing the big shots as he himself played the role of the aggressor. He has notched up a total of 1144 runs from 44 T20I matches at a strike-rate of 130.
PAK Playing 11 (likely)
The New Zealand team will be eyeing to be at the top of their game both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips will have to play a significant role in the batting department and will be keen to be amongst the runs. On the other hand, the likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson will form part of the bowling attack.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will have to lead his side from the front in this edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He played a lot of crucial knocks in the recently concluded UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season. Williamson has scored a total of 1805 runs while playing in 67 T20I matches at an average of 31.67. He has smashed as many as 13 half-centuries in the shorter format of the game.
For the New Zealand side, left-arm pacer Trent Boult has been a consistent wicket-taker across different formats of the game. He picked up 13 wickets in the IPL 2021 season at an economy of 7.90. Boult also has a fine record in T20I cricket for New Zealand having scalped a total of 46 wickets from 34 games at an average of 23.35. The left-arm quick bowler has career-best figures of 4 for 34.
NZ Playing 11 (likely)
Tim Southee/Kyle Jamieson
Watch Pakistan vs New Zealand ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. There will a great experience of entertainment as both these international teams, New Zealand and Pakistan have some exciting players in their respective line-ups who will been keen to do well in this mega event.
India & rest of the Indian sub-continent (including Sri Lanka): Star Sports
Australia: Fox Sports, Channel 9
United Kingdom & Republic of Ireland: Sky Sports
South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa: SuperSport
United Arab Emirates: Etisalat Criclife
USA & Canada: Willow TV
New Zealand: SKY Sport
Pakistan: Ten Sports, PTV Sports
Bangladesh: Gazi TV
Afghanistan: Radio Television Afghanistan
South East Asia: Fox Networks Group
Pacific Islands: Digicel
MENA, Continental Europe and Central Asia: Yupp TV
Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong: Star Cricket
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