New Zealand vs Pakistan, 33rd Match, Wednesday 26 June

Pakistan and New Zealand just recently played a series in UAE that was drawn 2-2 and one matches were called off. New Zealand played 2015 world cup final and is playing aggressive cricket for the last couple of years. They have a world class pace attack, arguably one of the best bowling attacks in the world. New Zealand has been playing good cricket in all three departments and Pakistan Cricket Team has been on the rise after the shaky performance in the 2015 world cup.

Head to head Pakistan vs New Zealand

Head to head in ODI international Pakistan have won 54 games against New Zealand and New Zealand have triumphed against Pakistan in 48 games. It’s a close contest between them as far as stats ate concerned. New Zealand plays very well in fast pitches, England pitches in last decade or so have shifted from fast green pitches to batting friendly pitches. The sole reason is that in the last 5 years especially cricket has shifted towards batting trend and the batters have been dominating the game for a while now.

In the last 2 world cups, Pakistan and New Zealand have only met once that too in 2011 Cricket World Cup in India, where New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by a huge margin. Bad performance in the field by Pakistan led to their downfall in that particular match. But this time around Pakistan is a far better fielding side coming into this ICC 2019 world cup event.

Pakistan meets New Zealand at Edgbaston, Birmingham. It is expected to be a good cricketing match. Spin attack of NZ is on the weaker side as they lack world class spinners but their pace attack can make it up for the moderate spin attack. Batting wise New Zealand is very strong, their openers and middle order contain talented batsmen which are able to score in any kind of condition.

Pakistan’s bowling attack is very well equipped and is world class in both pace and spin department. And their top 3 batsmen have been scoring heavily in last 2 years. It’s going to be a very tight contest.

Conclusion

The environment, weather, and conditions suit New Zealand cricket team so they will play confidently while Pakistan has to adjust in the English conditions, although in 2017 Pakistan performed very well in England. This time around Pakistan has a greater chance of winning this contest against New Zealand although it is expected to be a very close match between two quality sides.

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