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Pakistan will attempt to stay in the semi-final race in a crucial match against New Zealand.

Pakistan will attempt to stay in the semi-final race in a crucial match against New Zealand.

A defeat to New Zealand would effectively end Pakistan’s semi-final hopes, while the Black Caps need to snap a three-match losing streak to get their campaign back on track at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Date and location
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Saturday, November 4

Summary
Just one week ago, New Zealand would have been a clear favorite in this match, but injuries in the Kiwi camp and a form turnaround from Pakistan make it difficult to predict who will win.

With the fitness of key quicks Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry in doubt, New Zealand has enlisted the services of proven pacer Kyle Jamieson, who may be considered for this match if the Black Caps attempt to include him as a replacement player.

Kane Williamson will be monitored as he recovers from a thumb injury, while Pakistan appear more settled now that opener Fakhar Zaman has returned to their lineup.

Last time out, Fakhar torched Bangladesh with a stylish half-century and can often be counted on to get Pakistan off to a fast start alongside the dependable Abdullah Shafique.

It will be interesting to see if Pakistan includes another specialist bowler against New Zealand, or if they continue to rely on Iftikhar Ahmed to perform with the ball as he has in recent games.

Pakistan will be hoping that their quicks, led by newly crowned No. 1 ranked ODI bowler Shaheen Afridi, can put a significant dent in New Zealand’s top order, and this battle will be crucial in determining who wins in Bengaluru.

Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Will Young make up the New Zealand squad.

Pakistan: Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

Glenn Phillips, New Zealand’s key player

This tournament, the New Zealand all-rounder has shown glimpses of his best, but hasn’t quite put it all together in one individual match…yet.

Phillips bowled an inspired spell of 3/37 against Australia before amassing his second half-century of the tournament in a losing cause against South Africa last time out.

With a slew of key players out due to injury, it’s up to Phillips to step up and show just how good he is with a match-winning performance.

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan

The opener demonstrated his value to Pakistan against Bangladesh in Kolkata by slamming a quickfire 81 at the top of the order to give his team the upper hand.

Fakhar can set the tone for Pakistan early on, and his new-ball battles with Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be crucial to the game’s outcome.

If Fakhar can get Pakistan off to a good start during the Powerplay, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be able to pace the innings during the middle overs.

 

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