The New Zealand VS Pakistan semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will be a treat to watch. Both teams were also semifinalists at the last world cup, which was held in the UAE in 2021. The Blackcaps have entered the semi-finals after ending first in Group 1. They won 3 out of their 5 games, and one of their games was washed out. The Pakistan team, on the other hand, ended second in Group 2 with 3 wins and 2 losses. Here is a quick preview:
Pakistan Cricket Team before New Zealand VS Pakistan Semi-Final:
The Pakistan Cricket team will not be very high on confidence as their performances off-late have been heavily criticized. It is a team that is under immense scrutiny as always. The team needs to be more expressive on the pitch. In the game against Bangladesh, the men in green were dominant as ever and this might have given a boost to their confidence. The team has earned its place in the semi-finals and will be keen to make the most of it. Their in-form players are Haris Rauf with the ball and Iftikhar with the bat. The New Zealand VS Pakistan game will be a good test for the Pakistan team.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood.
New Zealand Cricket Team before New Zealand VS Pakistan Semi-Final:
The Kiwis will see themselves as favorites in this game. But that is honestly not the case. Pakistan is a very vulnerable team. On their day they can blow away any opposition. New Zealand on the other hand has always been exceptional in ICC competitions. They always come in to make a big mark. Their intent is not only to compete but also to win. This time they performed as a team. As a whole, every member has made small contributions which have turned into a successful performance in the tournament.
New Zealand Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Lachlan Ferguson, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Finn Allen.
Dream XI Predicted Playing XI and Predictions:
Finn Allen, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mohammad Nawaz, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
With the kind of form that New Zealand is in, they will provide good competition. New Zealand VS Pakistan will be a great contest. But the men in green, Pakistan are expected to win this contest. These knock-out games are not dependent on cumulative performances but just one impactful performance. Over the years we have seen this trend. For instance, it was Matthew Wade in the semi-final against Pakistan in 2021. Babar Azam is expected to have a good day with the bat.
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