The New Zealand tour of Pakistan was recently called off at an eleventh-hour by New Zealand, citing the security concerns. Now, both teams are scheduled to meet today in the World Cup Twenty20.
It will certainly excite the Pakistani players to beat New Zealand because there was a lot of criticism on New Zealand for cancelling the tour abruptly.
The situation severely damaged the cause of the return of international cricket to Pakistan but both sides will be looking forward to let the cricket do the talking today.
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After outclassing one of the tournament’s strongest teams by ten wickets, Pakistan certainly has the upper hand. New Zealand were very disappointing in their warm-up match against England.
The New Zealand team lacks experience too, against a very experienced looking Pakistan side, so the Black Caps may be in for a struggle today.
Pakistan v New Zealand TV Broadcast Details
What league?: ICC World Twenty20
What Match: Pakistan v New Zealand
What date: 26th October 2021
Where is the game played?: Sharjah Cricket Stadium (UAE).
What time is kick off?: 15:00 GMT
Pakistan v New Zealand Live Stream Match Prediction
The formidable bowling attack of Pakistan led by Shaheen Shah Afridi and assisted by Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, and Hassan Ali can rattle any batting lineup and could prove to be the difference today.
Also, in the batting line-up, Pakistan has one of the world’s best batters, Babar Azam.
The tremendous form of Mohammad Rizwan and his opening pair with Babar Azam has already proved a point against India, and they will try to carry this momentum against New Zealand today.
To counter this, New Zealand has one of the best pace attacks. The likes of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Kyle Jameson are a treat to watch when they bowl.
In the spin bowling department, Mitchell Santner is faring well and getting help from Ish Sodhi. In batting, Kane Williamson is one of the best batters in limited over cricket.
Also, the form of Martin Guptil is also a tremendous sign for New Zealand because of his destructiveness and ability to score runs quickly.
The all-rounder capabilities of Jimmy Neesham can never be underestimated. He is a brilliant athlete. He is effective with the ball and can easily get the run rate going with his hitting.
Pakistan v New Zealand Live Streaming – In play Prediction
Both teams are well balanced, but Pakistan will enter the ground as favorites.
Their win against India will give them a morale boost and should ease any nerves coming into this one.
Pakistan has to give its hundred percent to beat a quality side like New Zealand.
If New Zealand managed to remove Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan early, anything could happen because the middle and lower order has still not been put in real trouble.
Pakistan has batting depth, but it can be tricky for the team if openers are removed early.
I’m siding with Pakistan in this one today.