Victory for New Zealand in their World Cup Cricket clash against Pakistan will not only consolidate their position at the top of the standings but most likely be enough to see them through to the knock-out stages. On the flip side, a win for Pakistan will tighten the top four race and open up the door for the chasing pack. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game to help guide you into scoring the winning runs.
New Zealand Remain Unbeaten
For the third time this tournament, New Zealand got over the line in a tight encounter. They just about survived the late barrage from Carlos Brathwaite – catching him on the boundary as he tried to win it with a six – and overall it means they remain unbeaten.
They are all but through to the semi-finals, whereas Pakistan are still in with a chance after England lost and they beat South Africa at Lord’s.
Top Batsman Value
This is just the second game to take place at Edgbaston and in the first, it was a Kane Williamson masterclass as he scored an unbeaten hundred in a tricky low scoring chase against South Africa.
The wicket was two paced as no one – not even Williamson – could play with any fluidity.
After backing that up with another century against West Indies, the Black Caps captain is the obvious choice as top run scorer, but the market knows that, and he is too short.
For Pakistan, although Babar Azam has looked class, he hasn’t got a big score yet and there has been no outstanding batsman for them.
Therefore, on what could be another tricky wicket, we’ll back bowlers for this encounter.
New Zealand v Pakistan Betting Tips
While they’ve had no standout batsman, Pakistan have definitely had a standout bowler.
Mohammad Amir is alongside Jofra Archer and Mitchell Starc at the top of the wicket taking charts this World Cup, as should relish facing this Kiwi batting line-up after another left-armer, Sheldon Cottrell, took four wickets against them last time out.
Amir has bowled with high skill throughout this World Cup and his variation should see him go well at this venue.
Finally, New Zealand’s outstanding bowler has been Lockie Ferguson. Regularly clocking speeds over 90mph, Ferguson is only one wicket behind Amir and co.
He took 3-59 when South Africa finished up on 241-6 from their 50 overs in that first game at Edgbaston, and Trent Boult’s presence means the speedster still represents some value in the top bowling market.
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