New Zealand will eye the semi-finals while Pakistan will hope to live another day when they face each other in match no 33 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A victory at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham will all assure New Zealand a semi-final berth and knock Pakistan out of CWC 2-19. But a Pakistan win will not just lift them in the team standings but also give a boost to fight for a place in the last four. New Zealand though are still unbeaten. Like they were in 1992 when Pakistan underwent a similar run to eventually lift their maiden World Cup. Meanwhile, take a look at the weather report, rain forecast and pitch conditions of the Edgbaston Stadium for the New Zealand vs Pakistan that will help us know if rain can play spoilsport and prevent a full-fledged match from taking place. New Zealand vs Pakistan Cricket Score 33th ODI Match.
It rained a day prior to match day at Birmingham. But the weather prediction for June 26 (Wednesday) for the New Zealand vs Pakistan game shows no chances of rain intervening the important game. The entire day is, however, expected to be cloudy with spells of sun sunshine.
Pitch Report: Rain on Tuesday kept the pitch under cover for most of the day. But the same pitch, which was a bit two-paced, used for the New Zealand vs South Africa game will be used on Wednesday. The pitch helped spinners to a great extent and with precipitation still in the pitch, spinners are expected to play some role. The conditions though advocates for assists for the swing bowlers due to cloudy conditions.
The defeat to India have put Pakistan in a must-win situation for their remaining games but the Asian heavyweights showed what they can produce – 49-run victory over South Africa – when pushed against the wall. Pakistan are placed seventh in the points standings with five points from six games, New Zealand from the same number of matches have 11 points and are positioned second. They also have the best run-rate among all teams and need one victory to become the second team after Australia to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 33 Video Preview.
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi.
Pakistan (From): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain.