NZ vs PAK Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019: Toss delayed due to wet outfield in this marquee encounter

The Pakistan cricket team take on New Zealand cricket team in the 33rd clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston in Birmingham today. With just five points and two wins in six matches, Pakistan will be aiming for their third victory in order to keep their hopes alive for the semi-final spot in the World Cup.

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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 pitch looks like green, spongy with pace and bounce. Both teams are looking for these seaming conditions.

Weather forecast: According to the weather forecast for the day, there will be a light cloud cover and mild breeze with fewer chances of rain.

Head to head in World Cup: 6-2 in the favour of asian giants Pakistan cricket team.
Overall Head to head -

Matches: 106
PAK won: 54
NZ won: 48
Tied: 1 
No result: 3

Players to watch out for
Kane Williamson (New Zealand): Skipper Kane Williamson is currently the highest run-scorer for New Zealand, followed by Ross Taylor. He scored two centuries in this World Cup so far. Along with his unquestionable class, Williamson brings fantastic temperament, absorb pressure just the kind of which is required to succeed in a high-stakes events like World Cup.
Mohammad Amir (Pakistan): The left-arm pacer is delivering big time on the promise he showed when he arrived on the international scene a decade ago, as a 17-year-old. Amir in this tournament has been more incisive than he has in years. His battle against Williamson should be a mouth-watering one.

New Zealand Playing 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 Playing 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
Live streaming details:
Date and Day: June 26, 2019, Wednesday.
Place: Edgbaston
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 13:30 am local time
The World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs Pakistan match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 New Zealand vs Pakistan match will be available on Hotstar.