1st Semi Final Match
November 9, 2022 1:30 PM Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
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In the T20 World Cup, New Zealand won both of its games at this stadium. The Blackcaps, who had a dismal history in Australia before this event, have completely turned things completely. Sydney isn’t an easy place to win games, and the previous few games have been fascinating. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan each struck fifty here, sparking Pakistan’s revival versus South Africa. Trent Boult and Tim Southee annihilated the Sri Lankan batting order at the same location. Though SCG has always been a high-scoring venue, the broad boundaries have made it harder to score sixes arbitrarily. Each squads’ tempo attacks are flawless and in terrific synchronization. The match between New Zealand and Pakistan will be deserving of a T20 World Cup semi-final.
Many historic matches have taken place at the Sydney Cricket Ground over the past. The average first innings total at this venue in T20Is is 172 runs and 158 in domestic T20s. The straight borders on this ground are around 80 meters long and will be difficult to clear.
New Zealand placed first in their division with three wins and one defeat from five games. The Blackcaps will travel to Sydney for their third World Cup match. After a great overall effort, the Williamson-led squad defeated Sri Lanka and Australia at this location. The hitters controlled the first game against Australia, but the bowlers shone against Sri Lanka. In these two matches, the pitch reacted significantly. While the conditions were favorable for batting, with New Zealand hitters scoring heavily against Australia, circumstances were more difficult in the Sri Lanka encounter. Similar to the old days, the bowlers will be crucial for New Zealand. Trent Boult and Tim Southee are anticipated to make significant contributions to the power play. The opponent’s batting line up isn’t in great form, so a steady performance in the early overs could win them the initial success. Although Finn Allen can get New Zealand off to a fast start, the match-winning pairing in the middle will be Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips. Kane Williamson’s 61 off 35 balls in the last match against Ireland put to rest any questions about his strike rate and consistency. Daryl Mitchell, who batted for New Zealand in the previous World Cup, is now playing at number 5 and plays an equally important role. Mitchell, together with James Neesham in the bottom order, will serve as the finisher necessary to provide the side a strong ending.
Pakistan would not be here if it hadn’t been for the huge upset from the Netherlands, who eliminated South Africa away from the competition to the semi-finals. Though their recent victory against Bangladesh was not overwhelming, there were a few significant positives for the batting unit. Shan Masood at number 5 performed admirably for the squad, scoring 24 off 14 balls. At number four, Mohammad Haris had a terrific strike rate of 31 off 18 balls. The moment has come to examine Pakistan’s middle order and appraise its capabilities. Because the opening pair of Babar and Rizwan hasn’t been playing well, the middle and lower order have stepped in to help. This is wonderful news for Pakistan since it has enabled for the emergence of new champions. Mohammad Nawaz is a major player in this roster and will be the one to keep an eye on. He batted third in the last match, chasing a 128-run mark. Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan come in at 6 and 7 in the batting order, respectively. Pakistan now has optimism in their batting lineup after some great showings from the middle and lower order. Nonetheless, Pakistan’s bowlers will be the most significant players. After coming back from injury, Shaheen Afridi has recaptured his groove, with figures of 4 for 22 and 3 for 14 in the past two matches. Together with Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasi Jr., he will be an influential player for Pakistan in the pace category.
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Kane Williamson, Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood. Standby Players: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani.
England snapped an eight-game streak in which the side batting second did not win an IT20 at the SCG. As an outcome, we anticipate that both leaders will bat first in Sydney.
We are backing New Zealand to win. Each of these sides has definitely been in better shape and has performed better in the competition thus far. However, Pakistan is notorious for its shocks and comeback tales. It’s not going to be straightforward for Pakistan to overcome an in-form New Zealand team with a potent bowling attack. While New Zealand has a powerful and diverse batting order, they will face the finest T20 bowlers, and we are in for a surprise. Therefore, we believe New Zealand will have a modest advantage against Pakistan and will begin as favorites. Bet on New Zealand to win.
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