This will be one of the most important matches of the World Cup. If Pakistan loses this match they will be out of the tournament. In the points table, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are above Pakistan. So, if Pakistan wins this match followed by victories over Afghanistan and Bangladesh, then they can reach 11 points mathematically.
If they reach up to 11 points, then they might reach the semis. That’s why for them this match is extremely important. On the other hand, New Zealand is almost through. They have to win this match to top the pool.
Kiwis have a solid team. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are good openers. Kane Williamson is in incredible form. Ross Taylor is batting well. Colin De Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham are good all-rounders. And then bowling. They have swing bowlers like Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockey Ferguson. They have a spinner in the form of Mitchell Santner. They have an all-round bowling ability.
New Zealand has a better team in comparison to Pakistan. In this match, it will be tough for Pakistan to defeat New Zealand. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir will hold the key for Pakistan. If they are able to get early breakthroughs, then anything is possible.
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