Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in semi-final 1 of the T20 world cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 9th November (Wednesday).
Pakistan miraculously qualified for the semi-finals despite losing both of their first two games.
They won their last 3 games consecutively and an upset by the Netherlands over South Africa helped them to reach the semi-finals.
Pakistan has qualified for the semi-finals for the 6th time (the most by any side) in T20 World Cup history.
The green shirts defeated Bangladesh by 5 wickets in the previous game which was also a virtual quarter-final.
The bowling has been the strength of Pakistan’s side throughout this tournament but the middle order has also started to perform at the right time.
The only concern of Pakistan is the form of both Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan and they will be hoping that these two will deliver in the knockout games.
On the other hand, New Zealand has continued its consistency and qualified for yet another ICC World Cup Semi-final.
The Black Caps were excellent throughout this tournament and they were the first side to qualify for the semi-finals.
They announced themselves in the world cup by defeating the home side of Australia in their opening match.
The Kiwis only lost one game in the Super 12s stage against England and finished as the table-toppers of Group 1.
Live Streaming and Broadcast
This match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network while the Live streaming will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app & web.
Teams – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Date – 9th November October 2022
Time – 1:30 PM IST
Venue – Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
Average 1st innings total
The average 1st innings score at the SCG is 170 runs.
Head-to-Head record in T20Is:
Here is the head-to-head record between Pakistan and New Zealand in T20 Internationals.
Total Matches Played – 28
Pakistan won – 17
New Zealand won – 11
Tie/ No Result – 0
The pitch at SCG is one of the high-scoring wickets in Australia that usually helps the batting side. The pacers will might not get enough support from the surface but the spinners will play a big role in the middle overs. The team winning the toss will like to bat first and try to put a good total on the scoreboard.
The temperature is expected to hover around 22°C on the match day with 62% humidity. There is just a 15 percent chance of precipitation during the match.
Possible Playing XI:
Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams,
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam ©, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Shaheen Afridi.
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson ©, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult.
Who will win?
New Zealand has played excellent cricket in this world cup but their record against Pakistan in the knockout games is not good.
New Zealand has never won a World Cup knockout game against Pakistan.
The green shirts are looking in great momentum and their unpredictability makes them a very dangerous team.
Hence, we predict that Pakistan will beat New Zealand in the first Semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022.