Pakistan take on New Zealand at Mohali on 22nd March, 2016 and will be the 23rd match of ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2016. Pakistan after brutally defeated by India in their previous match are looking forward to a crucial game for them where in form New Zealand could damage them at any time. Shahid Afridi and Kane Williamson, two captains of their teams will be leading playing the vital role of leading from the front.
- Event: ICC T20 Cricket World Cup 2016
- Match: 23rd T20
- Teams: Pakistan vs New Zealand
- Time: 19:30 Local | 19:00 PKT | 14:00 GMT
- Date: 22nd March, 2016
- Venue: Mohali
Pakistan Will Win This Match
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A big game is awaiting ahead for Pakistan where the question of survival will be a serious matter for the green shirts after they win 1 game out of 2 they played and this is the reason that in form confident New Zealand could damage the opposition and their survival could not exist. so far, the New Zealanders have defeated Australia and Bangladesh in their last two matches, while Pakistan with a confident one side single victory against the minnow Bangladesh will not help them in this game, as arch rival India defeated them in previous meeting at Eden Garden, Kolkata on 19th March, 2016.
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Pakistan in case lose the match, the upcoming match will be must-win game for them to make their survival in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 for sure, while New Zealand yet have two chance including a game against green shirts to reach in semi final. So a very important game for Pakistan, they must win the match and it’s not like with high or decided run rate victory is required. This game is scheduled to be played at Mohali, the stadium where Pakistan appeared last time against India in World Cup 2011 semi final and like their traditions, Pakistan lost against arch rival.
According to the Pakistani former T20 record, this team could be unexpected against New Zealand as they are supposed to be dangerous one, but somehow the Pakistani side got guts to demolish the giant Kiwi side with already two victories and standing at the top of their World Cup 2016 points table. This is the best chance for Pakistan to beat New Zealand controlling their batting depart with strong grip while the opposition needs to tackle their spinning, seamers and middle order batting lineup carefully.
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In the T20 cricket, opening partnership is quite crucial one whether you chase or set target, because the first 6 overs mean a lot for the team. Obviously setting a big target brightens the winning chances, but for maintaining the biggest total on the board, the teams must go with sensational opening start as well and Pakistani cricket team have improved this flaw as they have shown in the previous two matches. Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan somehow succeeded to build a fair opening partnership, but middle order batting lineup of Pakistan is not working yet as Shahid Afridi changed his batting number for two times in this event, while Umar Akmal is facing some problems as he is not been allocating well at number 5 in the batting lineup.
Shaoib Malik is also in form and he is not been able to play his complete innings so far, he tried to play some rapid shots against India which was much needed at that time, but could not carry and lost his wicket. On the other side Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan are not helping their captain to pick up the wickets, while Mohammad Aamir deserves a huge appreciation as he has been dangerous one since he made his comeback and is consistence with his bowling abilities.
Although the failure of Pakistani batsmen could not be converted into success by Mohammad Aamir single handedly, so the middle order will have to maintain their position well enough to get fruitful results. On the other side, the New Zealand team’ openers are also not good as per their last two games’ performances are concerned, but their bowling quality is just excellent.