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Cricket World Cup 2023: NZ vs PAK Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, Cricket World Cup 2023 (NZ vs PAK)

Date: November 4, Saturday, 10.00 PM IST

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Match 35 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be played between New Zealand and Pakistan at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on November 4 at 10.30 AM IST. If New Zealand win this match, their chances to making to the playoffs will better. If Pakistan lose, they will be eliminated from the playoffs race and will not stand any more chances to qualify.

New Zealand commenced their campaign on a strong note, securing victories in their first four matches. However, their recent performance has seen them stumble, as they suffered defeat in their last three consecutive games. In their most recent contest, they faced a significant setback, succumbing to South Africa by a substantial margin.

New Zealand’s bowlers were challenged by South Africa, as they conceded 357 runs. In response, the New Zealand batsmen could only muster 167 runs, resulting in a substantial 190-run loss. This defeat also had a pronounced adverse effect on New Zealand’s net run rate. It’s worth noting that, aside from Glenn Phillips, who contributed 60 runs, the remaining New Zealand batsmen failed to make substantial contributions. Following this setback, New Zealand currently occupies the fourth position in the points table.

On the other hand, Pakistan enters this upcoming match on the heels of a convincing victory over Bangladesh. Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Waseem displayed exceptional bowling performances by each claiming three wickets, limiting Bangladesh to a modest first-innings total of 204. Pakistan successfully chased down this target in just 32.3 overs, with Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman notably forming a formidable partnership, accumulating 128 runs for the first wicket.

In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, Pakistan not only require a victory in the upcoming match but also need to secure it by a considerable margin to surpass New Zealand’s net run rate.

Ahead of the next game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for NZ vs PAK, Cricket World Cup 2023 

Batsmen are expected to have a significant impact at this venue, which is expected to yield a high-scoring match. A total exceeding 300 runs is likely to be considered competitive.

The weather in Bangalore expected to be quite pleasant. The daytime temperature is projected to reach approximately 32 degrees Celsius, gradually decreasing to around 29 degrees in the evening.

New Zealand team news and predicted XI

Team news: In the wake of injuries to both Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson, New Zealand has taken the decision to include Kyle Jamieson in the squad as a replacement. Additionally, it’s worth noting that Kane Williamson will be absent from the upcoming match as he remains in the process of recuperating from an injury.

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young. Kyle Jamieson (as cover for Matt Henry).

Predicted XI: 1 Devon Conway, 2 Will Young, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (capt & wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 James Neesham, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, 11 Trent Boult

Pakistan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Pakistan do not have any injury concerns.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

Playing XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Saud Shakeel, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Agha Salman, 8 Shadab Khan/Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Mohammad Wasim, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Haris Rauf

Head-to-head record

In the 50-over format, the two sides have played 115 matches with each other. New Zealand have 51 wins while Pakistan have won 60 games. One match was tied and three games did not produce a result. In the context of ODI World Cups, Pakistan holds a strong historical record against New Zealand, having secured victory in seven out of the nine encounters between the two teams. The only instances of New Zealand triumphing over Pakistan in ODI World Cup matches occurred in 1983 and 2011.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NZ vs PAK, Cricket World Cup 2023

Abdullah Shafique – batsman, Pakistan

Abdullah Shafique has amassed an impressive total of 332 runs in six matches, boasting an average of 55.33. This remarkable performance includes a century and three half-centuries, solidifying his status as a standout performer in the competition.

Rachin Ravindra – all-rounder, New Zealand

Rachin Ravindra has amassed an impressive total of 415 runs in seven matches, maintaining an outstanding average of 69.16. In addition to his batting prowess, he has also contributed with the ball by claiming 3 wickets, further underlining his valuable all-around capabilities.

Shaheen Afridi – bowler, Pakistan

Shaheen Afridi looked a bit out of form in the start of the game but he is now back to his rhythm. He is now the joint leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 16 scalps in 7 matches with the best figures of 5 for 54.

Mohammad Rizwan – wicketkeeper batsman, Pakistan

Mohammad Rizwan has been in a sublime form in the tournament. He is the leading run-scorer for Pakistan with 359 runs in 7 matches at an average of 71.8 with the highest score of 131*. For Pakistan to put up a big total, Rizwan’s contribution will be of much importance.

Glenn Phillips – all-rounder, New Zealand

Glenn Phillips, though inconsistent, can help you win fantasy points with both his batting and bowling. He has scored186 runs and also picked up 6 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – PAK vs NED, Cricket World Cup 2023

NZ vs NED– where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The New Zealand vs Netherlands ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on October 9.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.



Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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