New Zealand Vs Pakistan Preview, NZ vs PAK Match Prediction, Resurgent Pakistan Face Mighty New Zealand In Must-Win Clash. Pakistan dominate the stats against New Zealand in the World Cup matches winning six matches out of eight played between them. New Zealand are one of only two unbeaten sides left in the competition, alongside India. They did their best to lose that status against the West Indies, though.
The June 26 encounter in Birmingham is their seventh and overall 33rd match of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. With just two wins and three losses, Pakistan are at the seventh spot with five points in six games. A win against New Zealand is compulsory for their Cricket World Cup campaign ambitions. Their batting line-up too lacked spark before left-handed batsman Haris Sohail, who was dropped after the opening game, made a strong comeback with a 59-ball 89 to help Pakistan post a challenging 308 for 7 against South Africa.
A win for New Zealand should more or less take them there. Kane Williamson’s men have been outstanding across departments, led by the captain himself. There is rain expected on match eve, but by the time Wednesday comes around, the weather should have eased out considerably. While pacer Mohammad Amir has been their biggest star, claiming 15 wickets to top the list, none of the other bowlers have backed him, which has affected their campaign.
Pakistan Squads: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Aamir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali.
New Zealand Squads: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.