New Zealand v Pakistan Cricket World Cup Tips, Predictions and Preview - Pakistan in must-win territory

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A string of results have kept Pakistan in the race for top-four in the 2019 ICC World Cup (WC) as they prepare to face New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.

The ‘Green Caps’ have been clinical in their wins over England and South Africa, while their losses have been prominent. New Zealand, on the other hand, have been serene with their progress. West Indies did scare them in the previous match, but the Kiwis have been consistent throughout the tournament.

New Zealand


The form of captain Kane Williamson is a huge bonus for the Kiwis. He has 373 runs to his name already, with three 50+ scores in four innings. While Ross Taylor has also chipped in, New Zealand will worry their batting otherwise hasn’t clicked into top gear.

Lockie Ferguson has been their best bowler with 14 wickets to his name and getting them in crucial stages. Four of their regular bowlers have conceded under five runs an over, which speaks volumes about their effectiveness.

Pakistan


Pakistan have struggled to be consistent this tournament. While the wins over England and South Africa showcased their batting strength, the losses to India and West Indies highlighted their brittleness. Overall, there is too much of uncertainty around their batting.

With the ball, it has been all about Mohammad Amir. The left-arm seamer has taken 15 wickets already and looks hungry for more. The return of leg-spinner Shadab Khan from injury has given them a good balance. Still, with a side that hasn’t been consistent enough, Pakistan brings a lot of excitement to the tournament.

Match Up


There could be certain matchups that might decide this fixture. The Kiwi batting looks solid but will be tested by the variety in the Pakistan bowling set-up. Williamson’s runs the patches around the Kiwi batters, but the lack of runs might hamper their game. Pakistan will look to exploit the same. On the other hand, it would be an interesting tussle between Pakistani batsmen and the Kiwi bowlers.

History & Statistics


  • New Zealand have won their last eight completed ODIs.
  • New Zealand have won 13 of their last 14 World Cup ODIs.
  • Eleven of New Zealand’s last 13 WC wins have come while chasing.
  • Pakistan have won the last three WC H2H ODIs in England and six of the last eight.
  • Twelve of Pakistan’s 14 WC wins in England have come batting first.
  • Pakistan have lost four of their last five ODIs at this venue.

Key Players


False starts in the previous games have robbed Martin Guptill of his aggression. If he can prolong his stay at the crease, it could be interesting to watch.
After a recall to the team, Haris Sohail led Pakistan to an easy win over South Africa. The stylish left-hander could profit from continuing the form and score handy against the Kiwis.

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New Zealand v Pakistan Cricket World Cup Tips, Predictions and Preview - Pakistan in must-win territory

A string of results have kept Pakistan in the race for top-four in the 2019 ICC World Cup (WC) as they prepare to face New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Wednesday.

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