Somehow, Pakistan have found themselves in the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals. Having lost their opening two matches against India and Zimbabwe, Babar Azam’s men had their tournament hopes wrestled out of their hands, needing South Africa to lose against the Netherlands to make it into the final four. But, they do say miracles come where you least expect them and, following a shocking 13-run loss for the Proteas, here Pakistan are. Check out whether Babar and co. can continue the fairytale run with our New Zealand vs Pakistan predictions in our latest T20 World Cup cricket preview.
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We’re going to be honest here: we didn’t see New Zealand making it into the 2022 T20 World Cup semi-finals. We thought the Black Caps lacked a bit of sparkle and were slightly over the hill with their core of experienced pros. However, Kane Williamson’s men have looked composed and assured throughout their run at the tournament so far.
The tone for their tournament was set in the very first innings of the first match, racking up 200/3 against Australia and winning by 89 runs. Another hefty win over Sri Lanka helped push their net run rate up to 2.113, helping them to top Group A ahead of England. In fact, the Kiwis have made over 160 in every group stage bar one and made over 180 twice already.
As mentioned in our opening paragraph, Pakistan really shouldn’t be here. The side badly bottled a winnable position in their opener against arch-rivals India, and they blew another one in the follow-up match against Zimbabwe. However, credit to them, they’ve done everything they’ve needed to do since then. Wins over the Netherlands, South Africa, and Bangladesh kept them in contention and their lottery numbers came in when the Proteas slipped up against the Dutch.
With Pakistan, it’s all about that pace attack. Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah are the two most exciting young bowlers on the planet, and Shadab Khan has continued to prove himself as one of the most consistent seamers this year. The bowlers are the quickest at this tournament, and they have been required to produce the goods following Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s struggles with the bat.
New Zealand vs Pakistan Predictions And T20 World Cup Odds
This looks to be one of those classic batting vs bowling displays; New Zealand’s strong form with the bat up against Pakistan’s lightning-quick pace attack. If Babar and Rizwan can unlock some of their world class talent, however, Pakistan could have that missing ingredient needed to book a place in the final.
In our latest T20 World Cup odds over at BETUS, New Zealand are favorites at -140. You never know what side Pakistan are going to bring on a given day, which might explain why our betting markets only have them listed at Evens currently. Remember, you can still get a lofty 125% sign-up bonus over at BetUS for those in regulated states!
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