NZ vs PAK Match Prediction & Betting Tips, Semi Final T20 World Cup 2022
After 42 matches in the 2022 T20 World Cup, we are down to the final four sides in the competition with New Zealand and Pakistan meeting in the opening semi-final on Wednesday evening. New Zealand finished top of Group 1 with three wins from five matches. Pakistan finished second in Group 2 with six points. Read on as we preview this game. This first semi-final gets underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground at 19:00 local time.
New Zealand have lost only one match in this tournament but have a poor recent record over Pakistan. They will need to be at their best, but getting a win and qualifying for Sunday’s final is very achievable for the Black Caps.
Pakistan looked to be heading out of the 2022 T20 World Cup when they lost their opening matches to India and Zimbabwe. However, they now have momentum and their bowling attack is performing strongly.
New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 World Cup Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket, Star Network, Fox Sports, ESPN and PTV.
Live Streaming: Fans can stream the match on Sky Go and Disney+ Hotstar
NZ vs PAK Match Toss Prediction
England ended a run of eight successive games where the team batting second had not won an IT20 at the SCG. As a result, we predict that both captains will choose to bat first in Sydney.
NZ vs PAK Pitch Report
Once the ball gets softer, hitting boundaries becomes harder on this pitch and we expect a par score of around 160 in this game. There will be assistance for the pace and spin bowlers.
Cloudless skies in Sydney with the humidity level increasing slightly to 60%+ in the second half of the match. Expect the temperature to remain in the high teens throughout.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for New Zealand vs Pakistan, Semi Final T20 World Cup 2022
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
Kane Williamson has captained the same team in all but the opening fixture with the fit-again Daryl Mitchell coming back into the side in place of Mark Chapman. There have been no new knocks or unavailability over recent days and we expect to see the same XI again.
NZ Key Players
- Glenn Phillips – The 25 year old right-hander has been one of the most impressive batters in the competition. 'Only one other player has scored a century during this T20 World Cup 2022.
- Kane Williamson– the skipper made his highest score of the tournament with 61 runs from 35 balls against Ireland. The innings backed up his run-a-ball 40 against England on November 1st.
- Trent Boult – The 33 year old has gone wicketless in his last two matches but he is vastly experienced and performed brilliantly in his last appearance at the SCG.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand have lost only one of their last five IT20s.
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New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham. Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
PAK Team News
After dominant wins over Netherlands and South Africa, it was no surprise to see Pakistan keep an unchanged side again in their final group stage game against Bangladesh on Sunday. With no injuries in their squad, we expect to see the same XI for Pakistan against New Zealand.
PAK Key Players
- Mohammad Rizwan – Although he has had a disappointing tournament by his own high standards, Rizwan has hit scores of 49 and 32 over his last three innings and a big score will not be far away.
- Shadab Khan – The 24 year old spin bowling all-rounder has taken 10 wickets from his last four games. He hit 52 and took 2-16 against South Africa in his last appearance at the SCG.
- Shaheen Shah Afridi – The left-arm pace bowler took his time to get going after a period out with injury but returned figures of 3-14 in Sydney last week and 4-22 in Adelaide on Sunday.
PAK Team Form
Having lost their opening two games of this tournament, Pakistan are now targeting their fourth successive win.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
NZ vs PAK Team Form in Last Five Matches
NZ : W L W NR W
PAK : W W W L L
New Zealand vs Pakistan Head to Head
Pakistan have an excellent record in head to head IT20s against New Zealand. They have a six game lead but also beat New Zealand in the 2021 T20 World Cup and three times during last month’s tri-nation series in New Zealand.
NZ vs PAK Head to Head Stats in T20's
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New Zealand vs Pakistan Betting Odds
The bookies are expecting a very tight semi-final in Sydney and, in spite of Pakistan’s recent record against New Zealand in this format, are backing New Zealand to win.
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Who will win New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 Match?
Both teams have strong bowling attacks but it is New Zealand’s batters who have been more consistent than Pakistan’s across the tournament. Runs on the board will be particularly crucial in a low-scoring match.
NZ vs PAK Top Team Batsmen
Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips and Kane Williamson are our batting tips for New Zealand. Conway hit 92 not out at the SCG earlier in the tournament and, with an IT20 average of 50.71, it is no surprise to see him as favourite with the bookies to top score for New Zealand. Williamson is a big game player with 16 half-centuries in this format.
We recommend Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam and Shan Massod with the bat for Pakistan. Rizwan has the top odds with the bookmakers and is second only to Suryakumar Yadav for IT20 runs in 2022. Masood is Pakistan’s leading run scorer in the competition with an average of 44.66.
NZ vs PAK Top Team Bowlers
We are backing Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee with the ball for New Zealand. Boult is the favourite with the bookies to be New Zealand’s top wicket taker and has taken 23 wickets at an average of 14.47 in T20 World Cup fixtures. Ferguson comes into this match after picking up six wickets from his last three matches.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan are our bowling choices for Pakistan. Afridi is back to his best form and the bookmakers are backing him to deliver in this crucial contest. Khan dismissed Temba Bavuma and Aiden Markram in his last game at the SCG.
New Zealand vs Pakistan Prediction
Both teams have already won at least one game at the SCG in this tournament and will come into this game full of confidence and good recent memories of the venue. After a very poor start to the competition, Pakistan’s bowlers are now delivering pace, aggression and accuracy but their top order batters have struggled for consistency. In a battle of the batters, we expect New Zealand to come out on top and are backing them to win this match.
New Zealand are favorites to beat Pakistan at the odds of 1.79