Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - ICC Cricket World Cup - New Zealand v Pakistan - PrePlay
Match number 33 of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Both teams are coming into this match on the back of wins. While New Zealand won a close game by just five runs against West Indies, Pakistan defeated South Africa easily by a big margin of 49 runs. New Zealand are currently placed at the top of the points table with five wins from six matches, while their game against India was washed out.
The advantage for the Kiwis is that they have won a couple of close matches, which would have prepared them for close situations. At the same time, you can also say that because they have not played to the best of their potential, they have allowed the opposition to take the games unpleasantly close in the previous matches.
While New Zealand can afford to lose a match or two, one more loss will make it practically impossible for Pakistan to qualify through to the semi-finals. The Men in Green have clashed a total of 106 times against New Zealand, out of which they have won 54, while the Kiwis have won 48. The last time both teams met was in the 2018 ODI series in UAE when the series was tied at 1-1.
New Zealand have won four of their last five matches, while their one match was rained off. Pakistan have lost two and won two out of the last five matches.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry
Pakistan- Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Pakistan
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shadab Khan (Pakistan), Lockie Ferguson (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Pakistan, New Zealand
Man of the Match – Lockie Ferguson
Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 280+, New Zealand 290+
Match Handicap New Zealand
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.