Date & Time: Wednesday, June 26, 15:00 IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Can Pakistan win and make the race for Top.4 interesting?
One of the two unbeaten teams so far, New Zealand, will take on the most unpredictable team of the tournament, Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham today. New Zealand was taken to the edge in their last 2 clashes, however, they held their nerve to victory in both the matches and are comfortably placed in 2nd position. Pakistan meanwhile has got a huge boost with England losing to Australia which means their semi-final hopes are still alive.
Both teams are coming into this game after a win, which means not many changes are expected. However, there is an outside chance that an extra pacer could be played for Pakistan if the conditions are overcast according to their bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
The wicket is expected to behave almost similar to the one which was used for the New Zealand Vs South Africa match. Two-paced nature, with both spin and pace playing equally important roles.
His last 13 ODI scores in England read 67, 45, 93, 118, 90, 50, 100, 87, 57, 40, 79*, 106*, 148. He could well be Kumar Sangakkara (scored 4 centuries on the trot in 2015 World Cup) of this World Cup. He could easily be your captaincy choice for 2 of your 6 teams.
Ross Taylor had not made it count only in 1 of the 4 innings he batted in this World Cup. He has been batting very well without making a century but today could well be his day. His numbers against Pakistan in ODI cricket for the last 5 years are Innings – 14 Not Out – 6 Runs – 748 Average – 93.5
Babar Azam is the highest run scorer for Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2019. He has scored 232 runs in 5 innings at an average of 46.40. He has been in good run-scoring form of late in England averaging just over 50 in 10 innings he played since the start of 2019.
Colin Munro has been in pretty poor form of late after scoring a lone half-century in a low scoring chase against Sri Lankans in New Zealand’s World Cup opener. He averages a mere 24.75 against Pakistan in eight ODIs and 22.60 in six ODIs played in England.