Date : Nov ember 4, 2023
Time : 10:30 AM IST
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
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In the 35th match of the ODI World Cup 2023, New Zealand will go toe-to-toe against Pakistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. With three defeats in a row, the Blackcaps are struggling at the crucial stage of the flagship tournament, while the Men in Green have got their campaign on track with a big win against Bangladesh. These two teams have played a lot of 50 overs cricket in the lead-up to the ODI World Cup 2023, but Pakistan appears to have a slight edge over New Zealand in the upcoming contest, as per their recent round of results.
The pitches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium have been very good for batting in LOI cricket for a long time, which has been the case in the ODI World Cup 2023 too. The average first innings score at this venue is 260, which is something both New Zealand and Pakistan will be looking to go past, to compete well on November 4.
The batting lineup of New Zealand fell away in the previous match of the ODI World Cup 2023 against the high-quality bowling attack of South Africa while chasing a massive score of 358. The Blackcaps didn’t have the best of days with the ball after the injury of Matt Henry, which forced them to bowl James Neesham, who went for plenty of runs, and even though Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner curtailed the scoring in the first half of the bowling innings.
SportsTiger Playing XI of New Zealand
Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c)/(wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Fakhar Zaman was in top form with the bat on his return to the Pakistan cricket team, scoring a plethora of maximums to add a new dimension to their batting innings, while chasing a paltry score of around 200 against Bangladesh. Earlier, the fast bowlers of Pakistan picked up eight wickets of the opposition, with Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Haris Rauf having a great time with the ball.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Pakistan
Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf
Based on current form, Pakistan are marginally ahead of New Zealand to register an all-important win in the ODI World Cup 2023, but they will need their top players to step up under pressure against quality opposition.
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