T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan vs New Zealand: After 10 wickets Rout of India, Pakistan seeks ‘Revenge’ against New Zealand! Yes, the ‘Men in green’ will have only revenge on their mind when they will take on Black Caps today in the Match 19 of the T20 World Cup 2021 at the grounds of Sharjah Cricket Stadium. After registering a historic win against India, Pakistan would be brimming with confidence ahead of their heated face-off with New Zealand.
For the entire Pakistani nation, their national team has already won the World Cup by ending their age-old World Cup jinx against India. After commencing their World Cup campaign on a high note, Pakistan aims at clinching the gleaming T20 World Cup 2021 trophy to become the best team of T20 Cricket.
After resulting in an on-field massacre during India vs Pakistan clash, the Babar Azam & Co will be eyeing to trap another big fish in the net by defeating the New Zealand team in today’s clash.3 teams were on Pakistan’s target in this tournament – India, New Zealand, and England. The Men in Green have already dealt with the first challenge by dishing out a thumping 10-wicket defeat on India and have the Black Caps in their sights next.
Pakistan would see today’s match as a perfect opportunity to take revenge from the New Zealand team who had recently withdrawn from a scheduled series against Pakistan after landing there, citing a security threat which according to Pakistan didn’t exist at all. The abrupt pullout from the scheduled home series hampered Pakistan’s World Cup preparations which took a further hit with England withdrawing from the tour.
Pakistan Cricket hardly criticized these two sides with Captain Babar Azam stating that his country has “always tried to accommodate the interests of the game but others simply don’t.” The humiliation that Pakistan Cricket suffered due to New Zealand & England’s withdrawal from the home series is fresh in their mind & this humiliation will force them to step up & emerge victorious in today’s clash against Black Caps.
“We have not just come here to win against India, we have come here to win the World Cup, always remember that,” Babar said after the match against India.
Despite facing losses due to the cancellation of the home series along with changes in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) administration, the ‘Men in Green’ looked high on grit & determination against India. The Pakistan Cricket team perfectly strategized their game against the Indian team & stunned their beloved neighbors by handing them a painful 10 wickets defeat.
The batting line-up seems boosted & stable with two of their best cricketers Babar and Mohammad Rizwan doing a sensational job at the top of the order. Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hazeef, and Shoaib Malik add more strength to their middle order. It’s clearly visible that New Zealand bowlers will have a big task to keep their batters at bay.
Their bowling department looks lethal in terms of both spin & pace attacks. Pakistan fielded seven bowlers against India without considering Shoaib Malik as one of them. The spin trio of Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, and Hafeez kept things tight for India. Shaheen Afridi was in exceptional form by delivering perfect length in swinging yorkers against India, he will continue his formidable pace attack against New Zealand which their openers need to address.
On the other hand, New Zealand didn’t have an ideal start to their World Cup campaign as they have faced humiliating losses to Australia and England in the warm-ups.
One of their main concerns is the fitness of their captain Kane Williamson who is struggling with elbow pain for a while now & Head Coach Gary Stead said that the injury had flared up a bit in the game against Australia thus Williamson didn’t show up with the bat against England.
The Black Caps boasts a world-class bowling attack but their batters need to step up & deliver. Despite many loopholes in their lineup, the Black Caps have a consistent record in ICC events & one can’t rule out the possibility of New Zealand booking a spot into the finals of T20 World Cup 2021.
Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Harris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohamed Nawaz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Wasim, Sohaib Maqsood.
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Match 19, T20 World Cup 2021.
Date & Time: 26th October, 2021; 7:30 PM.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
A clear day is on the cards in Sharjah, with the temperature hovering between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius.
As evident from Sri Lanka-Bangladesh fixtures, the Sharjah Pitch is changing its sluggish nature & one can expect a good batting surface for the match on Tuesday evening.
Head to Head Records:
Matches Played: 24
Matches won by Pakistan: 14
Matches won by New Zealand: 10
World Cup Records
Matches palyed: 5
Matches won by Pakistan: 3
Matches won by New Zealand: 2
Pakistan will be brimming with confidence after their massive 10 wickets win over India, they will be desperate to make it as back-to-back wins as they take on New Zealand today in match 19 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
On the other hand, New Zealand is coming into this clash on the back of defeats in both of their warmup matches. They will be under pressure to open their World Cup campaign on a winning note after poor defeats in warm-up matches. However, Pakistan’s line-up & previous records look superior to New Zealand & they would continue to dominate the Black Caps in today’s clash!
Prediction: Pakistan to win!
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