2019 ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
Can Pakistan end the invincibility of New Zealand? © Getty
New Zealand have won all their games completed in this World Cup, but the & # 39; L & # 39; has made flirtatious advances in the last two games. Carlos Brathwaite's beating and the near-miracle of the West Indies in Manchester opened even the flawless Black Caps for some slightly uncomfortable questions. What if Kane Williamson succumbed to the law of averages? What happens if Lockie Ferguson does not attack the excesses in between? And why did so many abandon the catches?
Why did so many people fall? was also the first of several darts fired at Mickey Arthur after Pakistan moved away from South Africa. It is no wonder, therefore, to watch the team turn to all sorts of equipment, from a rubber block leaning to a plank of concave surf in their "internal networking session" in search of incremental gains.
Despite the imperfections, the lightness with which Pakistan approached its first game of victory in Lord lends more credit to the affirmation that the majority of the problems of Pakistan in the cricket is mental. Arthur is convinced that these self-inflicted pressure scenarios are not by design or by choice. But who can really be more sure? Nothing wants Pakistan in more than the sensation of the back touching the cold proverbial wall.
It looks like New Zealand does not have many extreme riders in this game, as well as the passage to another World Cup semi-final. They made the most of the type of landing that the ICC timeline had given them, but they distrusted the other side of an easier start. Stutters here on, with games against possible semifinalists from Australia and England, will harm the psyche at the worst possible time. It's a fact not to be missed either in Pakistan's bowling coach Azhar Mahmood who laced cold facts inside his warm sense of humor to remember his still undefeated opposition from his eternal bridesmaid status.
"If you look at New Zealand, they have a history of starting World Cups with a series of wins and when they are in difficult situations, in quarter or semis, they do not do well. "I hope they have a tomorrow," he said.
The spotlight, however, will remain on Sarfaraz and his boys. A blink of an eye, a yawn will almost certainly send them back to Lahore and Karachi, where interrogations quickly turn into inquisitions. The longer they stay here, the longer they can continue to invoke the spirit of 92. New Zealand was also formed 27 years ago and Pakistan won twice to win. Imagine what the first victory could mean for them tomorrow.
When: New Zealand x Pakistan, June 26, 10:30 am Venue
At where: Edgbaston, Birmingham
What to expect: Rain punished Birmingham on the eve of the match, but the forecast for the day of the match is much better. Edgbaston's pitch had two steps to the game in New Zealand and South Africa and the imprisoned moisture could bring similar qualities to the surface for tomorrow. That will be welcome news for Pakistan, which can also play up to four spinners in addition to its battery of left arm quicks.
It is unlikely that Pakistan will change its XI Lord's winner.
Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand has loopholes to solve, starting right at the top of the order. Guptill and Munro will persist in an unchanged XI, but they will want the pair to die long enough to ensure that Williamson and Taylor are not always putting out the shots when they are bouncing.
Probably XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (untitled), James Neesham, Grandhomme Colin, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Did you know?
– Pakistan has dropped 14 points so far – the highest of all World Cup teams so far. New Zealand is fourth on this list – behind England and South Africa – with 9 drops
– The last 11 Kane Williamson ODI innings in England are now: 93, 118, 90, 50, 100, 87, 57, 40, 79 *, 106 * and 148
– Wahab Riaz has an excellent average of 25.28 with the ball of 17 matches of the World Cup. Out of the World Cup, this average swings to 38.16.
What did they say:
"We need to be consistent with our selections now, we have to support our players even if there are some dubious performances. So let's not let Shaheen fall [Afridi] to play Hasnain. Let's see if we need to play four dressmakers the morning of the game, but not the other way around "- Azhar Mahmood He puts his weight behind the young Shaheen Afridi, the less impressive of the top three against South Africa.
"Considering that we have not done so, then [winning the World Cup] would be nice. We are in a good situation but we do not want to anticipate. For us, it's about getting into the next game, that is Pakistan, doing our scouting and therefore being on our best tomorrow "- Mitchell Santner confirms that New Zealand has not yet begun to dream of a victory in the World Cup.