T20 World Cup Semifinal: Pakistan and New Zealand will face each other in the first semi-final match of T20 World Cup 2022. While New Zealand’s team has made a strong performance in the Super-12 round by finishing first in Group-1 and making it to the semi-finals, the Pakistan team has got some luck to reach here. In such a situation, if we look at the recent performance, then New Zealand’s upper hand seems to be heavy.
Why does New Zealand have the upper hand?
New Zealand’s batting order has looked strong in this World Cup. While Finn Allen and Devan Conway exploded in the opening match, Glenn Phillips batted strongly in the middle matches. At the same time, Kane Williamson also gave indications of coming into form after collecting runs in the last. That is, the top-4 batsmen are doing their job well.
The bowling attack of this team is also in rhythm. Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson are bowling well. The spin duo of Santner and Sodhi are also taking important wickets in every match. Then the fielding of this team has been very strong. The players have taken some wonderful catches.
What is the weak side of Kiwi team?
If New Zealand’s top-4 wickets get out soon, then this team can be in trouble. The team does not have a durable batsman in the middle order and lower order. There are Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham to bat at the fifth and sixth order. Both are all-rounders and bat well but they lack regularity.
Pakistan has confidence in middle order and bowling
Before the T20 World Cup, the middle order was the biggest problem for Pakistan. At present, this middle order is handling this team. Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan are batting well. Another strong side of Pakistan team is bowling. The fast bowlers of the team are not only bowling effectively, but the spinners are also wreaking havoc.
Opening and fielding is flop
For Pakistan in this World Cup, their opening pair has become the cause of biggest concern. Babar Azam Jahan has not been able to score even 50 runs in 5 matches so far. On the other hand, Mohammad Rizwan has played only one good innings in these 5 innings. The fielding of the Pakistan team has also been very poor. Players have missed many easy catches and run out opportunities. The Pakistan team has also suffered the loss of poor fielding against Zimbabwe and India.
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