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ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Playing XI and Pitch Report

ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand vs Pakistan – Playing XI and Pitch Report

Date & Time: Wednesday, 26th June, 3:00 PM IST.

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

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Pakistan is all set to face the unstoppable New Zealand team today at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. While the NZ team has been left undefeated up until now, Pakistan lost just 2 matches out of their total 6. If New Zealand wins this, they get into the semi-finals. Watch the 33rd deciding match of the World Cup 2019, today at 3:00 PM IST.


With a streak of wins behind them, the Kiwis are unlikely to change their lineup. With team Captain Williamson scoring back to back centuries against South Africa and the West Indies, this game becomes even more crucial if they have to roll into the semi-finals smoothly. Henry Nichols may be drafted if Martin Guptill and Colin Munro’s forms don’t improve.

Probable Playing XI

Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson.


The Pakistan team fielded excellently against the Proteas last week and should ideally keep the same side. With a fairly consistent batting unit of Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman as beginners, Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir will be expected to lead from the front as well. If scores have to be chased, then Shadab and Imad Wasim’s batting would be great.

Probable Playing XI

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Afridi.


Some patchy drizzle is expected today with the temperatures ranging around 11.7 degrees Celsius, and a humidity of 87%. Cloudy, pacers can cash in on off-pace deliveries, which are slow but very compatible with the surface. The game should be all set since the weather is cooperative.

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