Pakistan Manage to Reach the Semi-Final and Will Face New Zealand at SCG
The world is going to witness the NZ vs Pak T20 match in the Semi-final 1 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The T20 world cup 2022 has been full of drama and upsets. Be it Namibia beating Sri Lanka, Ireland beating West Indies, England, and Zimbabwe beating Pakistan. And the drama of the super 12 ends with another upset Netherlands beating South Africa and making way to the semi-final for Pakistan. At the end of Super 12, four teams: New Zealand, Pakistan, India, and England, secured their place in the first Semi-Final.
The first semi-final will happen between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on 9th November. New Zealand will play to secure their place in the final and win the first-ever t20 world cup, while Pakistan will try to win the match to repeat history.
Weakness and Strength
- New Zealand
New Zealand has performed better in every ICC tournament because they play as a team. There are no big names except Kane Williams, but they play in a unit, and everyone contributes. New Zealand has the destructive opening pair of Finn Allen and Devon Conway, and the consistency of Conway makes him even more dangerous. New Zealand’s middle order is all set; experts say who wins the middle overs wins the game. They have one of the biggest names in the middle order: Kane Williamson. And Glenn Philips, Daryl Mitchell, and Micheal Bracewell are also in form. The duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee has been the backbone of the New Zealand bowling line for years, and they are in excellent form.
New Zealand is always a favorite team to win the cup in every ICC tournament, but it ends up on the losing side at almost every tournament. Kane Williamson’s form is a concern for NZ.
From almost getting out of the T20 world cup to securing a place in the semi-final, Pakistan has seen it all, and they will not leave any chance to win the match. Pakistan top order batters are in good form, and the inclusion of Mohammad Haris into the playing 11 has made Pak’s batting lineup even stronger. Pakistan is known due to its bowlers, and they are in peak form. Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Shadab khan are in form.
Pakistan is over-dependent upon their top order, and Babar form is a concern for Pakistan. There is no reliable player in the middle order that may cost the T20 world cup 2022.
Head to Head In Overall T20 Matches
Pakistan and New Zealand have played 28 matches together, and New Zealand has registered the win 11 times while Pakistan has won 17 times. Pakistan has won 9 games, batting first and eight games at batting 2nd, while NZ has won 5 games batting first and six games at batting 2nd.
Head to Head In Previous T20 World Cup
New Zealand and Pakistan have played 6 matches in the ICC t20 world cup, and Pakistan won 4 matches while New Zealand won 2 matches.
New Zealand has consistently reached the knockout stage and come back without trophies. This semi-final will be challenging for both teams because Pakistan is not a consistent performer in the T20 world cup 2022, while NZ lags behind Pakistan in stats.
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