On June 26 the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will witness a battle between New Zealand and Pakistan. While New Zealand are still unbeaten in the tournament with five wins from their six games where the game against India was called off. On the other hand, Pakistan have registered only two wins so far from their six games. It would be interesting to see whether New Zealand could maintain their winning streak or Pakistan become successful to break it.
Both the teams have met 8 times in the history of ICC World Cup where Pakistan won 6 times and New Zealand 2. The result clearly shows the dominance of Pakistan over New Zealand.
Predicted Playing 11
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Weather and pitch report
Though there were showers on the eve of the game, the weather will be much better on the game day. There is a little bit moisture expected which will certainly help the bowlers.
Prediction for match result
The pressure will be on both the sides, though more will be on Pakistan as they need to win the game to keep their hope alive to qualify for the semi-finals. On the other hand, England are in a quite good position and have nearly qualified for the semi-finals.
In conclusion, this New Zealand vs Pakistan game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 should go in New Zealand’s favour. Even though Pakistan have the upper hand in the history of ICC World Cup against New Zealand, New Zealand players are currently in a formidable form which will help them to win the game.