Pakistan and New Zealand will be playing the 33rd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Edgbaston cricket ground on Wednesday.
With just five points and two wins in six matches, Pakistan will be aiming for their third victory in order to keep their hopes alive for the semi-final spot in the World Cup 2019.
Unbeatable New Zealand is top on the table with 11 points so far, while Pakistan, after knocking out South Africa in the last match, is now at the seventh position in the table.
According to the pundits of the game, Kiwis have 58 percent of success compared to Pakistan’s 42 percent in tomorrow’s match at the Edgbaston.
New Zealanders are at the top of the points table with eleven points. Kiwis have so far played six matches, winning five games and one match failed to produce any result. After playing six matches, Pakistan are at the seventh place on the points table in the 10-team event, which portrays their dismal performance in the world tournament.
Display of aggressive cricket with precision and responsibility can lead Pak team to success against New Zealand in a challenging encounter.
Pakistan is likely to make one change to their playing XI which played against South Africa, ahead of the team’s 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup clash against New Zealand.
The team management is likely to drop out-of-form pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi from the side in favour of rookie pacer Mohammad Hasnain.
Hasnain is yet to feature for Pakistan during the ongoing 2019 World Cup while Afridi has played two matches — but failed to impress with the ball on both occasions. The left-arm quick picked up three wickets, during those matches, but was on the expensive side in terms of economy rate.
Hasnain stole the limelight during the 2019 edition of the Pakistan Super League and was fast-tracked into Pakistan’s national side. He has played five matches for the Men in Green — claiming five wickets at an average of 60.6.
The Men in Green, who need to win all of their remaining matches in the 2019 World Cup, have a stern task on their hands as they face table-toppers New Zealand. Pakistan, currently seventh on the table after two wins from six matches, still have a chance of breaking into the top four that will go into the semi-finals from the 10-team round-robin group phase.
After the New Zealand match, Pakistan play Afghanistan in Leeds on June 29 before concluding their group-stage campaign against Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5.