World T20: Odds stacked against Pakistan in crucial match
Pakistan and New Zealand have always shared intense battles on the field whenever these do side clash and this time will be no different.
New Zealand having won their first two matches of World T20 start as favourites to win this game but you can never count out the wounded Pakistan team who are under a lot of pressure coming into this match because of their loss against arch rivals India on saturday.
If we look at the head to head record between the two side it is quite clear that Pakistan have the upper hand as they have registered 8 wins from their 14 encounters against the Blackcaps but that is not the end of the story. In the recent past the Kiwi side has exerted their authority over the men in green by winning three of their last four encounters.
Digging deep it’s interesting to note that whenever these two teams meet in the sub continent Pakistan have managed to eek out a win as they have won 4 out of the 5 matches they have played on the sub continent soil.
Although Pakistan won their first four matches against New Zealand on a head to head basis but after that that they have gone through a topsy turvy ride as the Blackcaps won 6 out of the next 10 meetings against the Pakistan side.
Although the odds are in favour of New Zealand to clinch this match and seal their place in the final four but a lot will depend as to how the pitch behaves at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali. Before this match only one T20I match has been played at this venue which was between Sri Lanka and India. That match was a high scoring one as India managed to chase down a target of 207 set by the Lankans but that match was way back in 2009 and with time things have changed.
The match is scheduled to begin at 07:00 pm Pakistan time.