Analysis for the match.
Pakistan produced a magnificent performance to thrash India in their opening game of the T20 World Cup as they propelled themselves into the spotlight with that success. They will be desperate to make it back-to-back wins as they take on New Zealand in what is the Black Caps’ first game of the tournament. Having won just two of their last seven T20i matches, New Zealand have it all to do here, especially with opening Pakistan duo Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in such good form this year. That pair were the difference between the teams in Pakistan’s opening win and they can prove to be pivotal once again with the Pakistanis able to record another victory.
Must see points.
1). New Zealand are coming off back to back losses in the warm-ups and might be a little low on morale
2). Pakistan registered a terrific win over India and will be brimming with confidence
3). Shaheen Shah Afridi, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan are in terrific form for Pakistan and will be tough to deal with
Avg first inning score: 142 runs (16 T20Is at the venue).
Records of chasing teams.
Won - 6
Lost - 9
Tied - 1
Match prediction: Team to bat second to win the match.
1). If Pak won the toss and opted to bowl first, NZ could score 150-170 runs.
2). If NZ won the toss and opted to bowl first, Pak could score 155-175 runs.
1). Highest opening Partnership - Pakistan
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam both looked in terrific touch against India and even though New Zealand's bowling is class apart, dismissing this pair will be tough. On the other hand, New Zealand do not have a settled opening pair. Considering that and the fact that Rizwan and Babar will already be well acquainted with the conditions, Pakistan's opening pair is likely to do well. Bet on Pakistan to have the highest opening stand in this upcoming match.
2). Kane Williamson total runs - Over 24.5
Kane Williamson is a seasoned campaigner and the most reliable batsman that the Kiwis have. He played IPL here in UAE and will be familiar with the conditions. Considering that and that fact that he will play the role of a sheet anchor, he is well likely to score a fifty here.
3). Shaheen Shah Afridi total wickets - Over 1.5
If Shaheen Shah Afridi can bowl with the same pace and accuracy as we saw on Sunday then he will blow away many top orders. He is our prediction for the top bowler for Pakistan.
Pakistan and New Zealand meet in Group 2 in the Super 12 stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup on Tuesday evening in Sharjah. Pakistan got their tournament off to the best possible start with a 10-wicket win over rivals India on Sunday evening. This is New Zealand’s opening game of the competition. Read on as we preview this match. The Group 2 game begins at 18:00 local time.
Sometimes genius, sometimes idoitic, and always unpredictable - this has been the story for Pakistan cricket over the years and we got to see the genius part of it just a day ago. Pakistan started off their World Cup campaign in a fantastic manner as they not only registered a win over India, they made a statement.
Pakistan had some real issues to address before they started their came and given the way they played in the first match, it must be said that they did it to perfection. Pakistan will be brimming with confidence going into their upcoming matches and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the sides who have altogether different dynamics.
Bowling first against India, Pakistan's win was basically set up by the fiery opening spell by Shaheen Shah Afridi, who picked up both the Indian openers without giving anything away. The other bowlers and spinners did well to keep the pressure on as Pakistan always looked ahead when India were batting. Barring Hasan Ali, who too did well, but proved to be a tad expensive, there isn't really anything negative that Pakistan did in their match against India. In fact, we saw them field and catch brilliantly, which hadn't been the case prior to the World Cup.
Although we didn't get to see how Pakistan's middle-order bats, they would want to keep it that way in the upcoming match as well. On paper, Pakistan do have a decent middle-order with the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, and Shoaib Malik available. Also, they bat pretty deep with Shadab Khan available to bat at nine, which can be pretty useful should things get tight.
We have not seen New Zealand play a lot of T20I matches of late and hitting the ground running will be a tad difficult task from them. They did play in the warm-ups and that would have helped them get acquainted with the conditions, playing against a side that is coming off a massive win is an altogether different challenge.
Just like Pakistan, New Zealand didn't have a majority of players who did not play in the Indian Premier League and while that will help them with fatigue, understanding the conditions quickly could be a challenge. We saw that happen in the two warm-ups they played as Australia and England both defeated them by three wickets and 13 runs respectively.
One thing that we are certain of with respect to the Kiwis is that they will not go down without putting up a fight. With Martin Guptil back and doing well, they now have the much-needed experience in the batting lineup and getting support from the younger players is all they will need. Kane Williamson's role will be important to not only play the sheet anchor role, but to also accelerate towards the end of the innings.
On the bowling front, New Zealand do look well settled. The likes of Lokie Ferguson, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult can trouble even the best in the business on their day. Besides, they have a decent set of all-rounders available, who all are more than capable of not only stemming the flow of runs, but also to pick wickets.
Time - Oct 26, 07:30 PM, IST.
Venue - Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Although there were plenty of low scoring totals during the IPL in Sharjah, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh both produced scores above 170 on Sunday. Spin bowlers will find the most assistance on this pitch.Clear skies with the temperature staying above 30 degrees throughout the evening game.
Hassan Ali was the only expensive bowler in the Pakistan attack on Sunday but he still picked up the wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Although there will be a temptation to include an additional slow bowler, we expect him to keep his place. There are no injuries in the 15-man Pakistan squad.Pakistan have won successive IT20 matches and judging by the scale of the victory over India, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the competition.
Possible XI - Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Bench - Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr
The perennial underdogs will begin their T20 WC 2021 campaign with another very strong and experienced squad. At 24, Glenn Phillips is the youngest player in the side but he has plenty of T20 Franchise experience. Ahead of this game there are no injury concerns in the squad.New Zealand struggled in their most recent IT20 matches but that was with an understrength side in Bangladesh.
Possible XI - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Bench - Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Kyle Jamieson