Pakistan will play another must-win game when they take on New Zealand, the most consistent team in the World Cup so far, in their crucial encounter at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Pakistan have played according to their ‘unpredictable team’
tag in the tournament so far. They have registered wins against tournament
favourites England and South Africa. However, they have also conceded
comprehensive defeats against West Indies, Australia and India. Their game
against Sri Lanka got washed out and now they have five points from six games.
They need to win all their remaining three games and also hope that results of
matches of other teams go in their favour so that they can make it to the last
Pakistan’s batters and bowlers have performed in bits and
pieces in the World Cup so far. Their bowling has mostly relied on left-arm
pacer Mohammed Amir while their batting revolves around the likes of Hasan Ali,
Babar Azam and FakharZaman. However, the main concern for Sarfaraz Ahmed should
be their fielding.
The 1992 champions have dropped as many as 14 catches in the
six games they have played so far and they need to come up with a much improved
performance if they want to beat the Kiwis which are one of the best fielding
sides of the world.
On the other hand, New Zealand have been a team which has
improved constantly with each passing game. Their batting is led by skipper
Kane Williamson who has been in tremendous form and has already scored two
Their bowling, too, looks in fine touch with Lockie
Ferguson, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner all chipping in with wickets at
crucial junctures of the games. With 11 points from six games, the Black Caps
are sitting pretty at the top of the table and the win against Pakistan will seal
their semifinal spot.
Squads: Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan
Ali, ShaheenAfridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad
Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, WahabRiaz, HarisSohail,
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, IshSodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
Pakistan face unbeaten New Zealand in must-win clash – Greater Kashmir