T20 WC 2022 | New Zealand vs Pakistan | Fantasy tips & predictions
New Zealand and Pakistan are set to face each other in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup. New Zealand had comfortably qualified for the semi-finals, topping their group with 7 points and only losing one match.
Meanwhile, Pakistan scratched and clawed their way to the semi-finals, winning only 3 out of 5 matches.
At one point, the qualification chances for Pakistan seemed pretty slim. They had to depend on the results of other teams for them to qualify. After losing their first two matches against India and Zimbabwe, Pakistan won three consecutive matches against the Netherlands, South Africa, and Bangladesh. The men in green finished second in their group, ending the super 12 with 6 points.
Match toss time: 13:00 IST (07:30 AM GMT)
Match start time: 13:30 IST (08:00 AM GMT)
Match venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Matches played:28. NZ: 11. PAK: 17
Highest run scorer: Kane Williamson (538 runs)*
Highest wicket-taker: Tim Southee ( 28 wickets)*
Team News & probable playing Xl
No changes are expected in the teams unless a player is injured.
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Mohammad, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah
Glenn Phillips and Shadab Khan are the two must-picks in your fantasy XI. Glen Phillips is the highest run scorer for New Zealand in this T20 World Cup, scoring 195 runs in 4 matches with an average of 48.75. Shadab Khan is the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in this T20 World Cup, taking 10 wickets in 5 matches with an economy of 6.22.
Kane Williamson and Shaheen Afridi are the other two players you must pick to boost your line-up. Kane Williamson has a good record facing Pakistan in T20I's, scoring 538 runs in 18 matches, with an average of 35.63. Shaheen Afridi is Pakistan's second-highest wicket-taker, taking 8 wickets in 5 matches with an economy of 6.21.
NZ vs PAK fantasy team
Captain & Vice-captain picks
Sportco predicts Pakistan to beat New Zealand and qualify for the finals of the T20 WC 2022.
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