The T20 series of 2022

T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Team Notes – New Zealand vs Pakistan

Nov. 9, 2022

New Zealand – Team Notes

Batting Options: 7 (Main – 6; Support – 1) Opening Pair: RHB-LHB Devon Conway and Finn Allen work well together, both in hand and intent. Conway is left-handed, secure, and scores at a reasonable rate, whereas Allen is the world's craziest opener right now. 'Craziest' is not an exaggeration here; it is a fact. All-time highest strike rate in Overs 1-4 in T20s (min 300 balls): Finn Allen - 179, Luke Ronchi - 169, Sunil Narine - 157, Adam Lyth - 156, Ed Pollock - 155 The only real weakness of the New Zealand opening pair is express pace, but on a SCG deck that does not support speed, Pakistan bowlers will be limited in their options.
  • Finn Allen vs express pace in 20 overs cricket: Balls - 193, Runs - 225, Outs - 10, Avg - 22.5, SR - 117
  • Devon Conway vs express pace in 20 overs cricket: Balls - 113, Runs - 147, Outs - 9, Avg - 16.3, SR - 130
Middle Order: No LHB options at No.3, No.4, and No.5 This will be one of New Zealand's major headaches tomorrow. Given that Neesham is not the player they promote up the order, if Devon Conway is out early, the Pakistan spin duo of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz could pose a significant challenge to the Kiwi middle order. The Kane Williamson-led team can counteract this by promoting Mitchell Santner. Even if the player here isn't as destructive as you'd like him to be, moves like this can serve as a scare tactic, ensuring opponents keep their SLAO out of the attack, which benefits the batters at the other end. Glenn Phillips is one of the world's best batters against legspin, but an in-form Shadab Khan bowling in Sydney can still pose a challenge.
  • Glenn Phillips vs legspin in 20 overs cricket: Balls - 528, Runs - 782, Outs - 18, Avg - 43.4, SR - 148 Pakistan will have to try and make it tougher for Phillips with Nawaz at the other end.
  • Glenn Phillips vs SLAO in 20 overs cricket: Balls - 498, Runs - 607, Outs - 20, Avg - 30.3, SR - 122
Fantasy Opportunity Alert: Mohammad Nawaz will be crucial for Pakistan tomorrow, whether it is to counter New Zealand batters or bowlers. With only 24% of teams owning him, now is the time to cash in! Lower Middle Order: With Santner at 7 and Southee at 8, New Zealand's lower middle order is one of the weakest in the competition. If the top four fail tomorrow, Pakistan could storm through. Bowling Options: 7 (Main – 5, Support – 2) Mitchell Santner, like Mohammad Nawaz, is an excellent option for this game. Except for Nawaz and Masood, no one in Pakistan can take down the left-arm spinner. And if New Zealand move him up the batting order, his overall value will increase even more. Fantasy Opportunity Alert: 2X or 1.5X Mitchell Santner Pakistan is typically a team that struggles against express pace, but as previously stated, this is one of the few decks in Australia where the bowling type does not pose a significant threat. In Form: Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Glenn Phillips Out of Form: None Big Names on the bench: Martin Guptill Potential Changes: None

Pakistan – Team Notes

Batting Options: 7 (Main – 7; Support – 0) Opening Pair: RHB-RHB Most of us have seen Babar Azam struggle to accelerate, but few have seen him struggle to accumulate runs as much as he has in this World Cup. This exacerbates Pakistan's opening woes in the tournament, as Rizwan is also not at his best. Top 3 worst strikes for an opening duo in World Cup 2022: Pakistan - 85.5, UAE - 85.9, Namibia - 92 Pakistan's scoring rate is worse than that of the teams that failed to advance from the first round. Middle Order: One LHB option at No.3, No.4, and No.5. Mohammad Haris' addition has added some craziness at the top, but it has also reduced the value of Shan Masood, who was already batting at a lower position than he should. Iftikhar is one of the few Pakistan batters who has looked at ease throughout the tournament, but the right-hander’s fantasy value suffers as well because his bowling is unlikely to play a role in this game. Lower Middle Order: In Asif Ali's absence, Pakistan's batting depth has been reduced. This increases the chances of Tim Southee, New Zealand's premier death bowler, taking wickets. Whether or not Pakistan promotes Nawaz, he is likely to get enough batting time at the crease. Bowling Options: 7 (Main – 6, Support – 1) The one advantage of losing batting depth is that Pakistan gains an exceptionally good all-round pace bowling unit. With spin becoming more valuable at the venue, expect Mohammad Wasim Jr and Naseem Shah's over quotas to suffer. Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken 7 wickets in the last two games, but with Haris Rauf's ownership decreasing, the right-arm quick becomes more important in this game from a fantasy standpoint. In Form: Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf Out of Form: Babar Azam Big Names on the bench: None Potential Changes: None

Fantasy XI Builder

Base Team: Devon Conway, Mohammad Rizwan, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Tim Southee, Haris Rauf Top differential(s): Mohammad Nawaz (24%) Top C/VC picks: Shadab Khan (40%), Differential C/VC picks: Mohammad Nawaz (3%), Mitchell Santner (11%) Small or Grand League game: Grand League game (differentials < 2)

Predictions

Player Performance - Shadab Khan: Over 28.5 points Please see our SCG - Ultimate Venue Guide for Sydney's boundary dimensions, deck nature, phase wise stats, what batting and bowling types work and what don't at the venue, and our India vs Pakistan league stage Ultimate Match Guide for Pakistan’s fantasy cheat sheet and matchups section. For a deeper dive into the article with the creator, tune in to our live pre-match show on Twitter and YouTube today, which will begin one hour before the game's scheduled start time.

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