Cricket Prediction World Cup – New Zealand vs Pakistan – Exuberant Pakistan take on unbeaten Black Caps


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Cricket match date: 26th June 2019

Cricket match time03:00 pm IST

Cricket match location: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Cricket Match format: ODI

Tournament: World Cup

Team A: New Zealand

Team B: Pakistan

Team A Captain: Kane Williamson

Team B Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

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Cricket Match Preview:

They just find a way, don’t they? Just like their Trans-Tasman partner, Australia, New Zealand are ruthless in their own polite way. You will not see them screaming their head off or hurl an abuse or two at their opponents, instead, they will be the first one to go to you if you are on the losing side. They play to win and play hard but when they win, you will find them being almost apologetic about it. That is why they are everybody’s second favourite side in the world. 

Their opponents for this game, Pakistan, are a different Pakistan when they have their backs against the wall. This Pakistan do not give their opponents freebies, They suffocate them with their immaculate game plan and almost everything seems to get together and work for them, which would not under normal circumstances. And it is not the normal situation for them. They are in desperate need of winning all their remaining cricket games and even that may not be enough to send them to the semi-final, but as they would tell you, it is about one game at a time right now for them.

We are in the business end of the tournament now and every cricket game will give a new shape to the points table. Even the sides like Afghanistan and South Africa, who are out of contention for the semi-final, have a role to play. Every side can still make or break their own fortune or change somebody else’s. That is why New Zealand will be wary of Pakistan. Not that their own position in the semi-final is in danger, it is the loss of momentum that they will be worried about. 

Pakistan, on the other hand, know what they need to do now. They simply need to win three more games of cricket and then leave it to the rest of the teams to align their stars. They looked down and out after the India game but bounced back in typical fashion against South Africa. They hammered 300 plus total and then their bowlers took control of the game. They would be hoping to win the toss once again and bat against New Zealand. 

Cricket Match Information:

New Zealand will take on Pakistan in their seventh cricket game of the ICC World Cup 2019. New Zealand have remained unbeaten so far in the tournament after six cricket games, whereas Pakistan have accumulated two wins after six games. While New Zealand are right at the top of the points table, Pakistan have moved to the seventh spot. The top four teams will progress to the semi-final of the World Cup. 

New Zealand

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

New Zealand are being led by Kane Williamson in the World Cup. They are coming into this game after five wins and are unbeaten in the tournament so far. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Henry Nichols in the playing eleven in place of Colin Munro.

Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:

  • Martin Guptill
  • Henry Nichols
  • Kane Williamson
  • Ross Taylor
  • Tom Latham
  • Jimmy Neesham
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Trent Boult
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Matt Henry
  • Lockie Ferguson

Pakistan

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Pakistan are being led by Sarfraz Ahmed in this tournament. They are coming off a fine win over South Africa. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played against South Africa. 

Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:

  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Babar Azam
  • Haris Sohail
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Sarfraz Ahmed
  • Shahdab Khan
  • Imad Wasim
  • Mohammad Aamir
  • Wahab Riaz
  • Shaheen Afridi

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Kane Williamson has been holding New Zealand’s innings and perhaps the campaign together. He has already hit two centuries in the tournament and yet it feels that if New Zealand have to remain threatening, he will have to continue the run-making. 

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The last international ODI cricket game played here was between New Zealand and South Africa recently. It was a low-scoring thriller that New Zealand won. Our prediction is of the score of around 280 in this game of cricket. Conditions are expected to be cold and windy.

Our Prediction:

New Zealand will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have been in very good form in the World Cup so far, whereas their opponents have been inconsistent. Our prediction is of a New Zealand victory.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Kane Williamson (NZ) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Lockie Ferguson (NZ) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Ross Taylor (NZ)


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BetRallyIndia.com Odds

New Zealand – 1.66

Pakistan – 2.25

*odds may change anytime

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