Pakistan vs New Zealand: Match 33 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Gives Pakistan Another Opportunity To Remain In the Tournament
Pakistan cricket is truly an anomaly. They push themselves into a corner and then go all guns blazing and defy the laws of everything, altogether. Miracles happen around them to ensure they remain on track as well. New Zealand vs Pakistan sees another chance for Green Shirts to write such a story in the history books.
Speaking of history, as much as we try to not get sucked into them, the comparisons with the winning 1992 campaign are eerie. At Birmingham, the equation is very simple. The stakes are high and Pakistan must win to stay in the tournament.
It’s the seventh game for both sides. New Zealand have 11 points, and Pakistan five. That might feel like two ends of a spectrum, but New Zealand aren’t quite in the final four yet, and Pakistan aren’t out of the race either.
Pakistan vs New Zealand: Big Picture
The win against South Africa might have buoyed both fan-base and players alike. The rants on social media might have been shelved for the time being, with the belief that the dice is starting to roll in their favor.
With games against Bangladesh and Afghanistan to close out the tournament, this remains Pakistan’s obstacle to a proper crack at the most unlikely semi-final berth. It is unlikely and it is perhaps even undeserved. Pakistan wouldn’t have it any other way, specially after England succumbed to defeat against the Aussies last night.
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Team News – Pakistan vs New Zealand
New Zealand have not made a single change in the tournament so far, and Kane Williamson said after the thriller against West Indies that they had no plans to rest players.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Colin Munro. 2 Martin Guptill. 3 Kane Williamson (capt). 4 Ross Taylor. 5 Tom Latham (wk). 6 Colin de Grandhomme. 7 Jimmy Neesham. 8 Mitchell Santner. 9 Matt Henry/Tim Southee. 10 Lockie Ferguson. 11 Trent Boult.
Pakistan have found success with Haris Sohail at No. 5, and appear to have finally found a way of accommodating six genuine batsmen with five proper bowlers.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq. 2 Fakhar Zaman. 3 Babar Azam. 4 Mohammad Hafeez. 5 Haris Sohail. 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk). 7 Imad Wasim. 8 Shadab Khan. 9 Mohammad Amir. 10 Wahab Riaz. 11 Shaheen Afridi.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain on Tuesday has meant the pitch remained under covers all day, so what it looks like on matchday is a bit of an uncertainty. No precipitation is expected tomorrow, though a significant cloud cover should give swing bowlers an added layer of potency.
Match 33: Pakistan vs New Zealand
Venue: Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
When: Wednesday, 26 June
Time: 02:30 pm PST, 9:30 am GMT