Pakistan were outstanding against India in Dubai on Sunday as they broke their losing streak against the arch-rivals in the World Cup. Pakistan had never beaten India in a World Cup match before Sunday, be it in the 50-over version or the 20-over format. However, Shaheen Afridi came up with a stupendous opening spell to send back Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul cheaply. India were never in the hunt after that.
After restricting India with the ball, Pakistan openers came out all guns blazing and kept India on the back foot. Right from the start, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan dominated the Indian bowling, featuring in an unbeaten stand as Pakistan reached the target of 152 with all wickets in hand. Azam’s men would be mighty pleased with their effort but need to look ahead now as the victory is a thing of the past
New Zealand will be featuring in their first Super 12 encounter on Tuesday. They did not have a great time in the warm-up games, going down to Australia by three wickets and England by 13 runs. The Kiwis will need to pull up their socks and get off to a bright start against Pakistan, who will begin as favorites.
Pakistan’s Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Don’t expect any changes to Pakistan’s XI. They came up with the near-perfect attempt against India
New Zealand’s Predicted XI: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
For the Kiwis, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson have got few runs while Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi have been among the wickets. As a team though, they need to find the winning combination.
Top fantasy picks for Pakistan vs New Zealand clash: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult