PAK vs NZ T20WC Preview: After historic high versus India, Pakistan look for ‘revenge’ versus New Zealand

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Image Source: GETTY Pakistan Cricket Group Pakistan will have “vengeance”on their mind for a recent off-field snub when they handle New Zealand in the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday, aiming to develop on the historical high of beating arch-rivals India in their tournament opener.

For a lot of Pakistani fans, the group might have already won the World Cup by ending its 29-year-old World Cup jinx versus India however the Babar Azam-led team has actually currently shown the cravings for going all the way.

After the 10-wicket rout of India, Pakistan was totally capable of doing a Pakistan and self-destructing against the Black Caps, something that Babar went over with his players in the dressing room after the win on Sunday night.

“We have not just come here to win versus India, we have come here to win the World Cup, constantly remember that,” Babar stated after the match, completely aware that excess celebrations would just disturb focus.

Previous Pakistan captains too have warned the gamers against extended celebrations as the team needs to do a lot more to make the semifinals.

Babar’s group would be considering another big scalp in New Zealand, the group which recently withdrew from an arranged series versus Pakistan after landing there, mentioning a security danger which, according to the host nation, did not exist.

The pullout hampered Pakistan’s World Cup preparations which took a further struck with England too withdrawing from the trip.

Babar had barely minced words in criticizing the two sides saying that his nation has actually “constantly tried to accommodate the interests of the video game however others just do not.”

Tuesday’s video game is being viewed by Pakistan’s cricket neighborhood as a chance for the team to extract revenge for the damage that New Zealand brought on by going back without playing.

Despite a difficult month, which also saw changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) administration, the group looked like a well-oiled machine versus India, not putting a foot incorrect in a performance that was sensational to many.

Their batting, though not yet tested completely, seems to have the firepower with Babar and Mohammad Rizwan doing a mind-blowing task at the top.

With skilled pros like Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hazeef, and Shoaib Malik making the middle order, it is safe to assume that New Zealand’s bowlers have a task at hand.

They also have a great deal of options in the bowling department, be it speed or spin. Pakistan used 7 bowlers versus India and veteran Malik wasn’t even one of them.

He didn’t require to be utilized as the spin troika of Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan and Hafeez kept things tight. Shaheen Shah Afridi was sensational with the brand-new ball and New Zealand openers will need to view out for his quick in-swinging yorkers.

Haris Rauf, another pacer who bowls in the range of 145-150kmph, revealed he will be tough to hit in the death overs. New Zealand have actually not had the very best of accumulations to their campaign, having lost to Australia and England in the warm-ups.

One of their primary issues is the physical fitness of skipper Kane Williamson, who is coping elbow discomfort for a while now and head coach Gary Stead said the injury had flared up a bit in the video game against Australia. Williamson did not bat versus England.

The Black Caps have a first-rate bowling attack however their batters need to step up. Despite the lots of concerns, they have a constant record in ICC events and one can’t rule them out for a place in the final 4.

As the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh match suggested, the Sharjah pitch is altering its sluggish and low nature which was seen in the IPL and one can expect an excellent batting surface area for the video game on Tuesday evening.

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Groups:
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Harris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohamed Nawaz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Wasim, Sohaib Maqsood.

The match begins 7.30 IST.

Released at Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:45:30 -0500