3 Players To Watch In NZ vs PAK CWC Match 35: Babar Azam will lead Pakistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore against Tom Latham’s New Zealand side for match number 35 in the World Cup 2023.
New Zealand have been as clinical as they would have hoped for with 4 wins in their first 4 matches. Pakistan, after starting with 2 wins, suffered a loss, and quite a big one, against India. They are looking to revive their campaign against the Kiwis.
Pakistan and New Zealand have a close head-to-head record in ODIs: 60 wins for Pakistan and 51 for New Zealand.
3 Players To Watch In NZ vs PAK CWC Match 35
Since the start of 2019, New Zealand and Pakistan have met in 9 ODIs, out of which 6 were won by Pakistan. A major contributor to those wins is the current Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam. In those 9 encounters against the Black Caps, Babar notched up 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries and averaged 65.
Babar Azam had also scored 80 runs against New Zealand in their warm-up match in Hyderabad. And while he had two cheap scores at the start of the tournament, he got back his mojo with a half-century against a quality Indian attack. Fans can expect Babar to make hay on a flat track in Bangalore.
As per the 3 Players To Watch In NZ vs PAK CWC Match 35, since the start of 2019, nobody has scored more ODI runs for New Zealand than Tom Latham. The left-hander has 11 fifties and 3 centuries in his period, no Kiwi batsman has more 50+ scores than Latham.
Charged with the interim captaincy duties in the absence of Kane Williamson, Latham stood up with the bat against Afghanistan by scoring 68 runs, which came after a mini-collapse in the top order. He also managed 53 against the Netherlands and 52 against South Africa. If New Zealand lose early wickets to Shaheen and co, they can bank on Latham to bail them out of trouble.
According to the Three players to watch in New Zealand vs Pakistan ICC World Cup 2023 match 35, playing in his first and most likely his only ODI World Cup, the 33-year-old Iftikhar Ahmed didn’t have a desired beginning with three scores of less than 25.
But he’s being backed by the management for his finishing exploits. Iftikhar averages 54 in ODIs in 2023, having struck at a strike rate of 116. He’d be keen to make an impact with the bat in this World Cup, and no better place to get an opportunity than at the Chinnaswamy.
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