After a dramatic Super 12 round, the T20 World Cup 2022 has gone to the Semi-final rounds. The last-minute entry of Pakistan to the Semis has made it even more exciting to see the true passion of Pakistani players. On the other side, New Zealand is getting into the Semi with a good performance on their card. So this Wednesday is going to be a high-quality cricket clash.
- Ground: SCG, Sydney
- Date: 9th Nov 2022
- Time: 1.30 PM IST / 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
Good batting surface, which will offer more for the new ball seamers. The wrist spin has a good start in this pitch.
Probable Playing XI – NZ vs PAK
Mohammed Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shan Masood, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee
Captain: S Khan
S Khan has been brilliant with the varieties he possesses as a leg spinner. His wicket-taking knacks have been the most important factor for the Pakistani team. Above all, his batting against SA gave us a glimpse of what he could do against a quality bowling side.
Vice-captain: D Conway
D Conway can outplay the tightest bowling lineup of this world cup. His ability to convert a start into a big innings makes him the vice-captain.
Wicketkeeper: M Rizwan, D Conway
M Rizwan will fight his heart out in games like this. Don’t miss him.
Batters: I Ahmed, K Williams, G Phillips
Williamson is a bright choice for a batter to face Pakistan’s quality bowlers in the given Australian conditions.
G Phillips’ destructive batting and his confidence in connecting the ball at present is the most important point to note.
I Ahmed’s middle-order batting will be crucial against a good bowling attack o New Zealand. Considering his performance throughout the tournament, Ahmed is a must-have player.
All-rounders: S Khan, M Nawaz, M Santner
M Nawaz’s batting is crucial for Pakistan in the lower middle order. With the left-arm spin, M Santner and M Nawaz will be key elements for their teams.
Bowlers: T Boult, T Southee, S Afridi
S Afridi is back in form. A confident S Afridi is the most threatening bowler to face.
The experienced bowlers of NZ, Southee, and Boult, are the best options in a knockout match like this.