New Zealand vs Pakistan,Match 33 Prediction2019-06-27
Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Man of the Match: Babar Azam
?New Zealand has won 13 out of the last 15 one day internationals they have played against Pakistan
?New Zealand hasn’t lost a single game in this World Cup so far while Pakistan have won just two
?New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson is in great form in the World Cup comes to this game with back to back hundreds
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: New Zealand to win this game
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In the 33rd game of the ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 table-toppers New Zealand would take on Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham. New Zealand won a thriller against West Indies in the last game and remains undefeated in the tournament. Pakistan on the other has struggled though they have won their last game against South Africa and need to win this one to keep their hopes alive for the rest of the tournament.
New Zealand has dominated Pakistan in ODI cricket since the last World Cup and has won 13 out of the 15 games that have been played between the two sides. Pakistan has been inconsistent with its form in the tournament and will need to put its best foot forward to defeat a team like New Zealand.
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Kane Williamson’s side held their nerves to win a close contest against West Indies. The fact that the side pulls off the game in the final overs of the game would have given a lot of confidence to the side. They are now sitting in the top of the points table and almost earned themselves a place in the semi-finals of the tournament. Williamson would like his side to maintain the momentum as they go into the next game.
Kane Williamson has been majestic in the last two games with two hundred. The last one against West Indies was a big one and almost 50% of his team’s runs. Ross Taylor also played well in the last game. It was a rare failure from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro but the opening duo has done well in earlier games. Tom Latham, James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme add strength to the lower order for the side making batting look formidable.
Trent Boult bowled brilliantly to pick 4 wickets in the last game. Lockie Ferguson also did well and he has looked in good form in this tournament. Matt Henry had a bad day and will look to do well in the next game. With Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme in the bowling unit they have a great attack which will test West Indies' batting.
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, KS Williamson, Lockie Ferguson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Sarfaraz Ahmed would be happy with the efforts of his side against South Africa. A comprehensive win in the last game has allowed the side to keep its hopes alive for a place in the semi-finals. They have been inconsistent in the tournament but it was a good team effort in the last game.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman batted well in the last game to set a perfect platform for the side. Babar Asam has been consistent in this tournament with Haris Sohail making a strong impression with a fiery knock in the last game. Imad Wasin and Mohammad Hafeez add punch to the batting. The team would need to be consistent with its batting to do well in the next game.
In the bowling department, Mohammad Amir has been brilliant in the tournament so far. It was good to see Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan doing well for the side in the last game. This would have added confidence to the side with the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Imad Wasin in the side.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
The weather prediction at Birmingham for June 26 is of overcast conditions which will make life difficult for the batsmen. Even in the earlier game at this venue, the pitch looked one of the toughest to bat on in the tournament. A score of 270 runs batting first should be a fighting total on this surface.
Edgbaston, Birmingham has been known to be a slow wicket where batsmen can’t easily hit through the line. The fast bowlers get favorable conditions at the start and the spinners are also able to grip and turn the ball. The large boundaries also make it a tough ground for the batsmen who have to build their innings to do well.
The only game played at this venue in the tournament has gone in favor of the team that has chased the score. With predictions for cloudy conditions, the ball is expected to move around a bit in the morning. The team that wins the toss would have no hesitation in inviting the opponents to bat first on this surface.
The two sides have played different brands of cricket so far. New Zealand has been clinical in their approach which reflects in their results as they haven’t lost a single game yet. For Pakistan, it has been their old story of being inconsistent with their game. On their day they have looked good and ordinary in the very next game. Going by the momentum and consistency New Zealand would definitely start favorites to win this game and book a place in the semi-finals.
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