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Pak vs NZ 1st Semi-Final Match Preview: New Zealand team to change history against Pakistan

New Delhi. New Zealand’s team may look very strong on paper but they will also have to tell history to face Pakistan, which gave unexpected results in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan’s journey to the semi-finals was up and down but New Zealand defeated defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka and Ireland to finish on top of Group One to make it to the last four.

Babar Azam and his team were preparing to return home soon after losing to India and Zimbabwe in Super 12, but Netherlands defeated South Africa to give wings to its hopes. Pakistan now only had to beat Bangladesh in which it was successful and finally reached the semi-finals. Now it looks like a repeat of history as Pakistan barely reached the semi-finals in the 1992 ODI World Cup where they defeated New Zealand and finally won the title.

The past history is in favor of Pakistan because before that whenever they faced New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup, they won. Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 1992 and 1999 ODI World Cups and the 2007 T20 World Cup. It is also not hidden from anyone that New Zealand could not perform well in the big matches of the limited overs tournament. He made it to the semi-finals of the last four World Cups but never won the title. The New Zealand team has lost three World Cup finals (ODIs in 2015 and 2019 and T20s in 2021) in seven years.

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The Kane Williamson-led team will try to put pressure on Pakistan by giving them shocks in the beginning. Pakistan’s batsmen have struggled to score runs so far. Captain Babar is struggling to score runs while Mohammad Rizwan has also not been able to perform at his best. Even chasing the target of 128 against Bangladesh, he had to struggle.

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New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee will return to the same ground in which they thwarted the top order of Australia and Sri Lanka. Incidentally, Pakistan’s strong side is also its bowling. Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips and Captain Williamson are looking in good form among New Zealand’s batsmen. In such a situation, Pakistan will have to prove that its journey to the semi-finals was not a mere coincidence. For him, the role of fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf will be important.

The teams are as follows:

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Finn Allen (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Trent Boult .

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.

Tags: Babar Azam, Kane Williamson, Pakistan vs New Zealand, T20 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2022

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