Our top New Zealand vs Pakistan predictions
Rather interestingly, despite all that has happened recently, New Zealand is starting off as a bookmakers’ favourite at 11/13 (1.84). Pakistan are marginally behind at 21/20 (2.05) despite the change in their fortunes.
First Prediction: Pakistan to win: 21/20 (2.05)
Traditionally, Pakistan has become a dangerous team to go up against when they have their backs to the wall, and that’s exactly what happened as they routed Bangladesh in their previous game. Couple that with a shocking New Zealand performance against South Africa, and we have Pakistan having a great chance to come through here.
Second Prediction: Top New Zealand batsman – Daryl Mitchell: 11/2 (6.5)
Daryl Mitchell has played Pakistan in seven matches this year and scored 369 runs at an average of 52.71. This is the most for any Kiwi player in the last four years.
Expect him to continue with that form and help himself to another solid innings.
NZ vs PAK – Semifinal spot on the line
It’s a crucial fixture, given that both teams have just one match left after this. New Zealand have eight points from seven games but enters this encounter on the back of three successive defeats while Pakistan has six points, having defeated Bangladesh following four consecutive losses.
They had kick-started the tournament with four wins in a row, but having lost a few players to injuries and their fielding struggling to make things happen, New Zealand went down quickly to India, Australia and South Africa. Can they stall their poor run?
Following solid wins over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, Pakistan were looking good but then fell apart. A crushing loss to India brought an intense amount of scrutiny on them, but this was followed by defeats at the hands of Australia, Afghanistan and South Africa, leaving them with a must-win scenario for all their remaining games.
They did defeat Bangladesh but now need to win both their remaining matches to make it through.
New Zealand vs Pakistan h2h score
Have been 115 matches played between these two teams in ODI cricket, and Pakistan has a 60-51 edge over them.
In the eight matches between them this year, it’s 5-3 in favour of Pakistan. In World Cups, however, Pakistan have a huge advantage, having won seven of the nine times they have faced off.
Pitch report and weather conditions
This will be a day game in Bangalore, so the conditions are expected to remain fairly consistent throughout the encounter. Interestingly, the weather has become cooler, and rain is also expected at some point during the day.
The Bangalore pitch has always been a batting-friendly one, but at the same time not a lot of matches have been played as day games here. It could change things around slightly for the team batting first.
Key match details for NZ vs PAK
- Date & Time: 5 am GMT, Saturday, November 4
- Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
- Where to watch: In the UK, you can watch this match with Sky Sports, while Indian fans can tune in to Star Sports or Disney+ Hotstar to watch it live. This game will also be live with Sky Sport and SkyGo.co.nz in New Zealand, while in Pakistan, the fans can watch it on PTV Sports.