On Thursday, Pakistan and New Zealand will play the fourth T20I of the five-match series at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
The Green Shirts will be looking to make amends after losing to New Zealand in their previous match. Captain Babar Azam will be disappointed with his team’s overall batting performance in the third T20I and will be hoping for an improvement in this match.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will enter the match with confidence after a close win over Pakistan.The Black Caps cannot afford any more slipups against Pakistan after losing their first two T20I matches.
The 4th T20I between Pakistan vs New Zealand will take place on April 20th, 2023 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 4th T20I, New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 2023
Date: April 20, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
The home team will be bitterly disappointed after falling to New Zealand by four runs in the third T20I on Monday.
The home team will rely heavily on aggressive opener Saim Ayyub, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, captain Babar Azam, power-hitter Iftikhar Ahmed, and all-rounder duo Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim to score the majority of the runs in this match.
Iftikhar Ahmed’s return to form with the bat is a huge boost for team management, as he nearly pulled off a famous win over New Zealand. He played exceptionally well, scoring a quick 60 off 24 balls with three fours and six sixes. In addition to Iftikhar, Faheem Ashraf scored 27 runs off 14 balls, hitting two boundaries and two sixes.
On the bowling front, spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, as well as pacers Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Shaheen Afridi, will be expected to produce timely breakthroughs.
Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shan Masood, Mohammad Haris, Zaman Khan, Ihsanullah
Players to watch out for:
The significance of both openers is obvious at this point. Azam will be expected to lead his batting unit in the upcoming game after scoring a team-high 111 runs so far in this series.
As we saw in the third T20I, Ahmed has the ability to annihilate the opposition bowling unit in the death overs. Furthermore, he is coming off a highly impressive half-century and will be eager to bat earlier in the next game.
Pakistan’s best bowler in this series, Rauf has two wickets going into the fourth game.
Possible Playing XI:
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
The visitors will enter the game on Thursday hoping to level the five-match T20I series.
The spin duo of Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra were instrumental in the team’s victory on Monday, taking three important wickets and preventing Pakistan from scoring easy runs in the middle overs of the innings.
Following their first series victory, the Tom Latham-led unit is likely to field the same lineup for the game on Monday.
The visitors will rely on in-form captain Tom Latham, opener Chad Bowes, Will Young, and the middle-order trio of Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, and James Neesham to score the majority of the runs.
In the previous match, New Zealand captain Tom Latham batted brilliantly, scoring 64 runs off 49 balls. In this must-win game, the left-hander is expected to continue his hot bat.
The onus will be on bowlers Adam Milne, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, and Rachin Ravindra to produce timely breakthroughs.
In the previous match, New Zealand’s pick of the bowlers was James Neesham, who claimed 3 for 38 in four overs.
Tom Latham(w/c), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Cole McConchie, Dane Cleaver, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley
Players to watch out for:
As one of the most experienced all-rounders in this Kiwi squad, Neesham will be expected to replicate his on-field form. However, after being smashed for 38 runs in the third T20I, Neesham would prefer to concede far fewer runs.
We’ve just seen how important it is for Latham to stay on the field for a longer period of time. Not only did the Kiwi captain score a half-century, but he also helped the visitors reach a total of 160+ on a difficult wicket.
While many may not realize it, Rachin has been the unsung hero for the Kiwi team in the most recent game. Not only did he take two crucial wickets, but he also allowed only 28 runs on a track that provided no assistance to spinners. Even Ish Sodhi contributed significantly, conceding only 11 runs in three overs.
Possible Playing XI:
Tom Latham (c & wk), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Lister
Pakistan vs New Zealand Top Team Batsmen
We recommend that you select Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed from Pakistan’s batting unit. While the latter was the only player to score a half-century for the home side in the third T20I, as he single-handedly secured a win for his side, both openers will need to stay on the crease for an extended period of time if Pakistan is to win the fourth T20I.
We recommend you select Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, and Mark Chapman from New Zealand’s batting lineup. Not only have these three batsmen managed to withstand the pressure of Pakistan’s bowling attack, but they have also played significant knocks in different games throughout this series.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Top Team Bowlers
We recommend Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, and Shadab Khan from Pakistan’s bowling unit. While Rauf and Shah each took two wickets in the previous game, Shadak Khan also took two wickets and gave 34 runs in his four overs.
We recommend Adam Milne, James Neesham, and Rachin Ravindra from New Zealand’s bowling unit. While Milne appears to be an obvious pick entering match 4 after taking two wickets, the latter two have been expensive and have not been able to maintain a consistent economy rate despite taking wickets against a solid Pakistani batting lineup.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head
Pakistan was on a four-game winning streak against New Zealand until the latter team defeated them by four overs in the third T20I. However, in the head-to-head record, the home team has 20 wins to the Kiwis’ 12 against the same opposition.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in T20s
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Pakistan vs New Zealand Toss Prediction
Both teams will be eager to win the toss, bowl first, and limit their opponents to less than 175 runs. Rawalpindi’s average first-inning score is around 140 runs.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Pitch Report
The fourth T20I of the series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Pakistan will take heart from the fact that all three of their T20I matches will be played at this venue.
With the weather forecast not looking promising, the match wicket will have something for the quick bowlers. Throughout the day, there will be light rain showers.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction
For the third time in the series, the team that batted first won the match, and the trend is likely to continue in this game as well. Pakistan, on the other hand, will be eager to bring their A-game and finish the T20I series in Rawalpindi. New Zealand, on the other hand, will need to play exceptional cricket to beat Pakistan in this match. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Pakistan is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.35.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Iftikhar Ahmed demonstrated why he is one of the best finishers in the shorter format, smashing 60 runs off just 24 balls to put Pakistan on the verge of winning the series.