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The New Zealand cricket team is all set to take on Pakistan cricket team in the 33rd match of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston, Birmingham today. New Zealand has been winning all their games in the tournament. However, they are yet to be tested as a team against some stronger opponents. Pakistan cricket team have been trolled over and over again for their poor performance so far. This match is more crucial for Pakistan to remain in the qualifying spot for the semi-final of WC 2019.
The New Zealand cricket team led by their star player Kane Williamson should go unchanged team for yet another game after a brilliant win over West Indies. Kane Williamson has scored back-to-back centuries against South Africa and the West Indies and will look to score some more runs in what is a crucial game for them. The form of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro is a little bit of concern for The Kiwis. While the bowling unit of New Zealand cricket team looks well balanced with Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham picking wickets regularly.
On the other hand, Pakistan cricket team led by their wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmad too should go with the same line-up that played against the Proteas South Africa earlier in the week. The batting unit for Pakistan cricket team has been consistent with Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq constantly providing them with good starts. Also, Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail doing a fine job for their team. In-form Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir, they have two of the best in their respective departments and will be expected to lead from the front for Pakistan.
Pitch Report: The weather is set to be cloudy, no rain is expected for today's game, so it will be expected a full game. Pacers will definitely get some help up front with off-pace deliveries being key on this surface.
New Zealand vs Pakistan Dream11 Predictions:
Fakhar Zaman showed good form with the bat in Pakistan's last game against South Africa. He is averaging 32.80 in this tournament and will be a good option as the first opener. Also, Martin Guptil could be the second opener. Kane Williamson should be an automatic choice as the No.3 batsman with the New Zealand captain averaging over 186 in the tournament with two hundred and fifty to his name already. In-form Ross Taylor and Haris Sohail can be good options to complete the batting list.
Due to his bad form in the middle order, Tom Latham is the preferred option with his ability to play pace and spin equally good being a key factor. Although Sarfaraz Ahmed has been in decent form in the tournament so far. He is averaging 29.25 with the bat and has affected 8 dismissals so far in five matches. So, Sarfaraz Ahmed would be a safe option a wicketkeeper.
Jimmy Neesham or Colin de Grandhomme would make a good selection as they put in a match-winning performance with both bat and ball against South Africa at this same ground. James Neesham is in the great touch with bat and ball for New Zealand in this World Cup so far. He has already picked up a five-wicket haul in the tournament and has been decent with the bat whenever he has the opportunity. Also, Shadab Khan can be the second all-rounder in the side as he provides the option of spin and has picked 5 wickets so far.
Mohammad Amir and Trent Boult are must-haves in the bowling unit with their ability to swing the ball at a decent pace being their respective side's go-to weapon. Along with these outstanding duo, Lockie Ferguson is also a good option who has already picking 14 wickets this tournament. Shaheen Afridi should and Shadab Khan could also be an option for both sides satisfaction.
New Zealand vs Pakistan Dream11 Prediction team:
Fakhar Zaman, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (Captain), Ross Taylor, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed, James Neesham, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir (Vice-captain), Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.
New Zealand Probable XI: 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 Probable XI: 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
New Zealand - Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (Wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.
Pakistan - Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & Wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman.