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Pakistan will play another must-win game when they take on New Zealand, the most consistent team in the World Cup so far, in their crucial encounter at Edgbaston today.
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Pakistan face unbeaten New Zealand in must-win clash
Pakistan have played according to their 'unpredictable team' tag in the tournament so far. They have registered wins against tournament favourites England and South Africa. They need to win all their remaining three games and also hope that results of matches of other teams go in their favour so that they can make it to the last four stage.
Pakistan's batters and bowlers have performed in bits and pieces in the World Cup so far. Their bowling has mostly relied on left-arm pacer Mohammed Amir while their batting revolves around the likes of Hasan Ali, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. However, the main concern for Sarfaraz Ahmed should be their fielding.
The 1992 champions have dropped as many as 14 catches in the six games they have played so far and they need to come up with a much improved performance if they want to beat the Kiwis which are one of the best fielding sides of the world.
On the other hand, New Zealand have been a team which has improved constantly with each passing game. Their batting is led by skipper Kane Williamson who has been in tremendous form and has already scored two daddy hundreds.
Their bowling, too, looks in fine touch with Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner all chipping in with wickets at crucial junctures of the games. With 11 points from six games, the Black Caps are sitting pretty at the top of the table and the win against Pakistan will seal their semifinal spot.
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Dream 11 top picks
The New Zealand team looks rather formidable this time. Players such as Lockie Ferguson, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor are the ones who have take the team to unbeatable victory. In the bowling department, Lockie Ferguson has a great past record and fans expect him to deliver this time. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylors are explosive batters who will give South African bowlers a run for their money.
On to the Pakistani side, they have a great lineup. Players such as Imam Ul Haq, Babar Raza and Mohammad Amer have taken the team to victory and will look to do the same this time. Imam Ul Haq is a great batsman with a few powerful tricks up his sleeve, while Babar Raza keeps the pace going and balances it out.
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Match Prediction
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Squads
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Probable XI
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi.
New Zealand: Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.