Date: 26th October, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Pakistan is set to take on New Zealand in the upcoming game of ICC T20 World Cup on October 26, 2021. The Babar Azam-led side registered a 10-wicket victory against India in their opening game to defeat the Indian side for the first time in a World Cup. On the other hand, New Zealand will play their opening game against Pakistan and will aim for a winning start. Given that these two teams are strong favorites to progress from Group 2, this is going to be crucial match for the entire group in the league stage.
Pakistan look more confident than ever, having defeated their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in the opening game itself. Needless to say, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan would be the top picks for the side and are bankable captain choices, given their performance in the last game. Additionally, Shaheen Afridi’s spell to dismiss India’s top order, was one of the highlights of the game, making him a must have in one’s fantasy.
The Blackcaps will aim to exert their dominance right from the start and be at par with the in-form Pakistan. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill will be the top batting options from the side. Besides, wicketkeeper batsman Devon Conway and all-rounder Mitchell Santner can be smart options in one’s fantasy team. New Zealand’s bowling is undoubtedly one of their key strengths with Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson being the key bowlers.
Probable Playing XI
Pakistan- Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand- Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson
All-rounders: Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
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