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New Zealand vs Pakistan Predicted Playing XI: Both Teams Likely to Go Unchanged at Edgbaston

New Zealand will face Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday (June 26) looking to keep their unbeaten run at the ICC World Cup intact. Not only have the Kiwis remained unbeaten, they have also gone unchanged throughout the tournament so far.

Cricketnext Staff |June 26, 2019, 8:30 AM IST
Pakistan team. (Pic: AP)

New Zealand will face Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday (June 26) looking to keep their unbeaten run at the ICC World Cup intact. Not only have the Kiwis remained unbeaten, they have also gone unchanged throughout the tournament so far.

However, after a nail-biting win over West Indies on Saturday (June 22), Kane Williamson might be tempted to replace Matt Henry with Tim Southee after his seam bowler took a pounding at the hands of Carlos Brathwaite in the 48th over of the innings.

Also opener Colin Munro hasn’t enjoyed the best of times at the top of the order but it’s unlikely that Williamson will make any changes to the line-up.

Pakistan, on the other hand, finally got some fire power in the middle-order with the addition of Haris Sohail in place of Shoaib Malik. Former captain and pace legend Wasim Akram urged captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to stick to the winning combination, the side that defeated South Africa by 49 runs. Pakistan seem more or less settled unless they want to try out young tearaway Mohammed Hasnain.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry/Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi ​

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3672 102
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8366 270
2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
5 India 9349 260
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