Pakistan, New Zealand, meets for the semi-finals

Pakistan, New Zealand, meets for the semi-finals

Pakistan and New Zealand are two of the teams left for the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup, as they meet for their semi-finals match. New Zealand qualified in the semis after topping their group with three wins from their five matches. As for Pakistan, a six points from three wins qualified them for the semis. These two teams meet on November 9, 2022, at 3:30 PM (GMT+8). The match between these two teams is the first final-four match in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup. The other two teams who qualified for the final-four are India and England.

Luck have always been on the side of Pakistan, and this is one of their advantage coming into this game. In fact, they qualified for in the semi-finals after South Africa lost to the Netherlands. Additionally, their victory against Bangladesh also contributed to their qualification in the semi-finals. As for New Zealand, the fact that they topped their group is a proof how strong their team is. This is true though as Pakistan will surely have a hard time as New Zealand shows strength with the bat and the ball. They do not only rely on one man alone because it was team effort that brings them in the semis.

Pakistan

ICC T20 World Cup: Pakistan
Photo courtesy of ANI

Ahead of the semis, it seems like everything is falling in its place for Pakistan as they are very lucky, especially during the eliminations. However, luck alone is not enough to bring them to the title in this competition. In fact, they cannot rely on luck alone if they are really aiming for the title in this World Cup. Guys like Md. Harris, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed are the ones leading Pakistan. However, contributions from Babar Azam and Md. Rizwan are also needed by Pakistan. These two need to bounce back from their poor performance because if they do, they could be Pakistan’s key to victory.

New Zealand

ICC T20 World Cup: New Zealand
Photo grabbed from Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)

As for this team, they are impressive following their campaign in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup as they are at the top spot of their group. This standing talks so much about their momentum going into the semi-finals. And if their momentum will not be stopped by Pakistan, they will be a dangerous team not just for Pakistan but for other nations as well. Kane Williamson is doing wonders for New Zealand after a terrific 61 versus Ireland. Moreover, they do not rely on him alone as there are also other members of their team stepping up for New Zealand. However, they should not be too confident as Pakistan is a rejuvenated squad.

Prediction:

Match Winner: New Zealand (1.83)
Toss Winner: New Zealand (1.95)

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