New Zealand look to attack with spin
Pakistan started their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign with a bang, stunning India, whom they had never beaten in an ICC World Cup, with a thumping 10-wicket win. They move to Sharjah, where the sluggish wickets should be familiar to them again and taking on a non-Asian team there should work to their advantage. Pakistan have odds of 1.69 to beat New Zealand in this fixture.
New Zealand are unpredictable in this format with their spinners expected to have better skills, compared to some of the other non-Asian sides. While Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be in focus, the Kiwis spinners, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, can trouble teams. NZ have odds of 2.14 to beat Pakistan, but it will take quite the effort.
Pakistan ahead on overall and recent records
Pakistan have beaten New Zealand 14 times in this format as against the 10 by New Zealand over the years. In their last two head-to-head bilateral series, Pakistan have won four as against New Zealand’s two.
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Pakistan also have a better record in T20 World Cups against New Zealand, beating them thrice as against the two losses across the six previous editions.
Keep an eye on…
Martin Guptill: He might be out of form, but Martin Guptill is truly capable of taking teams on in the powerplay overs and if New Zealand are to disturb Shaheen Shah Afridi and Pakistan early on, Guptill might have to fire.
Rizwan – Babar: Pakistan’s opening duo are yet again in focus after they put on an unbeaten 152-run stand against India to win the game. Pakistan rely heavily on the batting duo and they have rarely disappointed.
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