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PAK vs NZ T20 semi-final today: Preview, weather update, trivia, live-streaming; deets inside

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 9 November 2022, 9:36 IST
ICC T20 World Cup 2022

The first semifinal of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played on November 9. The Pakistan versus New Zealand clash will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney. In the super 12 round, Pakistan finished second in Group 2 while New Zealand were the toppers in Group 1.

Babar Azam led Pakistan team, who looked like an unlikely contender to reach the semi final after their defeat to India and Zimbabwe, finished in the second spot in the Group 2 points table with six points – all thanks to South Africa’s shocking defeat against the Netherlands. Pakistan won three and lost two of its five games. Pakistan was able to outperform Bangladesh, the Netherlands and South Africa.

On the other hand, the Kiwis played a total of five games in the Super 12 round. They beat Australia, Ireland and Sri Lanka in three games. New Zealand dropped one game to England while the rain forced the abandoning of their clash against Afghanistan. New Zealand had the highest net run rate in the points table, finishing first with seven points.

Weather update:

No match has been cancelled in Sydney so far because of bad weather during this tournament, although it has been raining for the last three weeks. On November 9, there is a little chance of rain in the morning, but it should halt by the time the match is set to begin. The temperature will stay relatively pleasant between 17 and 19 degrees during the match hours.

Live-streaming details:

The Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 World Cup 2022 semifinal match will start at 1:30 PM while the toss will happen at 1:00 PM. Star Sports Network will telecast the first semifinal match in India and Disney+ Hotstar will live-stream it.

PAK vs NZ: Trivia

In the six T20 World Cup 2022 matches played at the SCG so far, teams batting first have won five of the six contests. However, there is one aspect that might lessen the significance of the coin toss: the semi-final pitch will be the same one that saw the Super 12s opener between Australia and New Zealand. Of the three pitches that have been used in Sydney so far, it was the flattest and most batting-friendly.

Probably line-ups:


Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, SH Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, S Afridi

New Zealand

Kane Williamson, Finn Allen, Devon Conway, DJ Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult, LH Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

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First published: 9 November 2022, 9:36 IST