- Rohit Singh | November 8, 2022 | 3:56 pm
NZ vs PAK, Semi Final-1 Preview
After 42 matches in the 2022 T20 World Cup, we are down to the final four sides in the competition with New Zealand and Pakistan meeting in the opening semi-final on Wednesday evening. New Zealand finished top of Group 1 with three wins from five matches. Pakistan finished second in Group 2 with six points. New Zealand have lost only one match in this tournament but have a poor recent record over Pakistan. They will need to be at their best, but getting a win and qualifying for Sunday’s final is very achievable for the Black Caps. However, they now have momentum and their bowling attack is performing strongly.
NZ vs PAK, Semi Final-1 Details
New Zealand vs Pakistan – Semi Final-1
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Date & Time: 09th November at 01:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
NZ vs PAK, Semi Final-1 Pitch Report
Once the ball gets softer, hitting boundaries becomes harder on this pitch and we expect a par score of around 160 in this game. There will be assistance for the pace and spin bowlers. Cloudless skies in Sydney with the humidity level increasing slightly to 60%+ in the second half of the match. Expect the temperature to remain in the high teens throughout.
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NZ vs PAK, Semi Final-1 Probable Playing XIs:
Pakistan Probable Playing XIs
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand Probable Playing XIs
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Topmost Picks for NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction, Semi Final-1:
Top Picks – Pakistan
- Mohammad Rizwan– Although he has had a disappointing tournament by his own high standards, Rizwan has hit scores of 49 and 32 over his last three innings and a big score will not be far away.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi– The left-arm pace bowler took his time to get going after a period out with injury but returned figures of 3-14 in Sydney last week and 4-22 in Adelaide on Sunday.
Top Picks – New Zealand
- Kane Williamson– The skipper made his highest score of the tournament with 61 runs from 35 balls against Ireland. The innings backed up his run-a-ball 40 against England on November 1st.
- Trent Boult– The 33 year old has gone wicketless in his last two matches but he is vastly experienced and performed brilliantly in his last appearance at the SCG.
Suggested Playing XI N0.1 for NZ vs PAK Dream11 Team:
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(VC), Mohammad Rizwan(C), Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Suggested Playing XI N0.2 for NZ vs PAK Dream11 Team:
Devon Conway(VC), Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan(C), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Captain and Vice-Captain Options:
Captain – Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan
Vice-captain – Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Devon Conway
Wicketkeeper – Devon Conway
NZ vs PAK Semi Final-1 Probable winners:
Both teams have strong bowling attacks but it is New Zealand’s batters who have been more consistent than Pakistan’s across the tournament. Runs on the board will be particularly crucial in a low-scoring match. After a very poor start to the competition, Pakistan’s bowlers are now delivering pace, aggression and accuracy but their top order batters have struggled for consistency. In a battle of the batters, we expect New Zealand to come out on top and are backing them to win this match. Considering the team combination, New Zealand is expected to win this match.