Today (Wednesday), in the first semifinal of the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup at the Sydney Cricket Stadium, Pakistan will square off against New Zealand in an effort to advance to the championship game of the international cricket competition.
At 1pm, the fourth World Cup semifinal between Pakistan and the Kiwis will begin. In the six previous encounters between the two teams during the T20 World Cup, Pakistan won four of them while New Zealand won two.
At the Adelaide Oval venue in Adelaide, Australia, on Thursday, India and England will play in the second semifinal.Before the crucial match in the major cricket tournament, the Black Caps trained in Sydney. With the exception of captain Babar Azam, who worked out by himself for an hour and a half, the Pakistani players took a break.
Given that they have won their last three Group games, the Men in Green appear to be confident. With the same winning combination, they will compete against New Zealand. The Black Caps are also unlikely to make any roster adjustments.
Similarities with 1992 World Cup
Pakistan faced New Zealand in the semi-final of the 1992 World Cup after putting on poor performances in the team’s first three games. Pakistan also went through this world cup with the same history.Many social media users have taken notice of these parallels. The hot topic is also being discussed in cricket circles.
Matthew Hayden, the coach of the Pakistani team, too had something to say about the matter and described Pakistan as a formidable team.The former Australian opener stated in a press conference on Tuesday that it “hasn’t had a direct influence, but we all realise the relevance and significance.”