PAK vs NZ T20 World Cup 2022: New Zealand were the first team to secure a place in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. He made a strong start to the World Cup by defeating defending champions and hosts Australia by 89 runs in the first match. Now in the semi-finals, they have to take on Pakistan, who have barely reached the last four with some luck. But taking Pakistan lightly on this basis can be a big mistake. History shows that Pakistan can put the Kiwis in trouble with unexpected results.
Pakistan in the semi-finals with the help of luck
New Zealand defeated Australia, Sri Lanka and Ireland to finish on top of Group 1. On the other hand, Babar Azam and his team were preparing to return home soon after losing to India and Zimbabwe in the Super 12, but the Netherlands defeated South Africa and raised its hopes to the sky. Pakistan defeated Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals.
History in favor of Pakistan
Going back 30 years in history, a similar situation comes to the fore. Pakistan barely reached the semi-finals in the 1992 ODI World Cup where they defeated New Zealand and eventually won the title. History is on Pakistan’s side because before that whenever they faced New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup, they won. Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 1992 and 1999 ODI World Cups and the 2007 T20 World Cup. It is also no secret that New Zealand could not perform well in the big matches of the limited overs tournament. He made it to the semi-finals of the last four World Cups but never won the title. The New Zealand team has lost three World Cup finals (ODIs in 2015 and 2019 and T20s in 2021) in seven years.
Kane Willamson and Tim Southee
Kiwi bowlers threaten Pakistan in Sydney
The Kane Williamson-led side will try to put pressure on Pakistan by giving them shocks initially. Pakistan’s batsmen have struggled to score runs so far. Captain Babar is struggling to score runs while Mohammad Rizwan has also not been able to give his best. He even had to struggle while chasing the target of 128 against Bangladesh. New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee will return to the same ground in which they razed the top orders of Australia and Sri Lanka.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan bowlers in excellent form
Pakistan’s strong side is its bowling. Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips and skipper Williamson are looking in good form among New Zealand’s batsmen. In such a situation, Pakistan will have to prove that their journey to the semi-finals was not a mere coincidence. For him, the role of fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf will be important.
Squads of both teams
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Trent Boult .
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
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