Venue Details & Pitch Report - Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Average First Innings Score at Bengaluru in ODIs since 2011: 293

Batting First vs Batting Second at Bengaluru in ODIs since 2011: Win Bat 1st - 44%, Win Bat 2nd - 56%

NZ-PAK Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: None

NZ-PAK Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: Shaheen Afridi(7)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries (72m) and short square boundaries (62m, 63m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (58m, 70m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (54m, 71m).

Pitch Report: Bengaluru is considered to be a great venue for batters due to the size and altitude of the venue, which is generally the case. However, we saw a slower and dryer surface in the last match and we saw that the run scoring was not straightforward. 

At the same time, the last match can be considered as one of the rare cases where we did not see a high scoring game at the venue - it was the lowest score in ODI history at Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Predicted Playing XI - New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 35, ICC World Cup 2023

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (C&WK), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

       Bench: Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Wasim, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf 

       Bench: Imam ul Haq, Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz

Fantasy Notes (NEW ZEALAND) - New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 35, ICC World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of New Zealand players vs Pakistan in ODIs:

Kane Williamson21110355/836/3N/AN/AN/A
Tom Latham2258029/854/0N/AN/AN/A
Trent Boult    122325/5.3
Mark Chapman511824/1130/0N/AN/AN/A
Devon Conway315351/971/1N/AN/AN/A
Lockie Ferguson    122224/5.3
Kyle Jamieson       
Daryl Mitchell736953/910/2   
James Neesham512843/861/052 
Glenn Phillips310351/1001/0   
Rachin Ravindra23718/1270/03448/7
Mitchell Santner915021/890/010853/4.8
Ish Sodhi    10957/5.6
Tim Southee119816/870/0203127/5
Will Young524048/952/0N/AN/AN/A

Points to Consider

  • Matt Henry has been ruled out of World Cup 2023 due to a hamstring tear and Kyle Jamieson has been added to the squad as his replacement. Additionally, there has not been any confirmation regarding Kane Williamson's availability to start in this match.
  • Will Young has been in decent form for New Zealand heading into the World Cup and he had a decent series against Pakistan earlier this year (where he averaged 48). At a venue like Chinnaswamy, there is always a risk in dropping top-order batters and additionally, he has a very good record against left-arm pace when he faces Shaheen Afridi with the new ball.
  • Will Young vs Left Arm Pace in ODIs since 2023 (Powerplay): Inns - 15, Outs - 3, Balls - 189, Avg/SR - 50/79. On the other hand, he has had some issues against right arm pace comparatively. Consider him as a differential pick as he is selected in just 23% of the teams - that is if Kane Williamson remains unavailable.
  • In the absence of Matt Henry, we see a good differential opportunity with a 20.5% selected Tim Southee. In normal circumstances, he would be a default pick but after his return from injury, he has been largely ignored by most fantasy managers and this gives us a chance to take advantage of his low selection. Even the new addition to the squad, Kyle Jamieson is returning from a back injury.

Fantasy Notes (PAKISTAN) - New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 35, ICC World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Pakistan players in ODIs against New Zealand:

Babar Azam1984047/837/2N/AN/AN/A
Mohammad Rizwan935960/943/0N/AN/AN/A
Fakhar Zaman1683359/895/3N/AN/AN/A
Iftikhar Ahmed2122122/1301/010 
Agha Salman723639/109 83 
Shadab Khan918431/782/0111434/4.7
Mohammad Nawaz55318/1180/07649/4.9
Saud Shakeel       
Shaheen Afridi    82016/4.9
Haris Rauf    71037/5.9
Mohammad Wasim    6926/5.6
Abdullah Shafique       
Hasan Ali    6842/6.5
Usama Mir    61031/5.3

Points to Consider

  • After Fakhar Zaman's inclusion in place of Imam ul Haq where he scored a stunning half-century attacking the opposition bowling attack, we expect the management to stick with him at the top of the order. He averages close to 60 against New Zealand in ODIs including a very good series earlier this year on flat Pakistan pitches. Similarly, Chinnaswamy might suit his style of batting.
  • When these two sides met in the Warm-up matches, Saud Shakeel, batting at Number 5 scored 75 runs at 133 Strike rate and guided the team with a much needed acceleration towards the end overs. Despite New Zealand's weakened bowling with injuries, they have enough quality to pick up wickets and there is a good chance for Saud to bat. Try him as a punt - he is selected in just 11.9% of teams.
  • Pakistan have the best record against left-arm orthodox spin in ODIs in 2023 among the WC 2023 - they average 79! (the second best team is South Africa with 46.9 Average). Rizwan (202 Avg), Babar Azam (116 Avg) and Fakhar Zaman (48.5 Avg) are their best batters who will be expected to counter Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra in this match.
  • If Kane Williamson does not play, New Zealand will have 3 left handers in their top 5 which once again presents Pakistan with an opportunity to use Iftikhar Ahmed's off spin value in addition to his big hitting at Chinnaswamy. He is selected in 30% of the temas - back him as a differential.

Fantasy XI - New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 35, ICC World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: Devon Conway, Mohammad Rizwan

BAT: Daryl Mitchell, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam 

AR: Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips

BOWL: Shaheen Afridi, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Haris Rauf

C/VC: Mohammad Rizwan, Daryl Mitchell

Differentials: Iftikhar Ahmed (30%), Will Young (23%), Tim Southee (20%)

C/VC Alternatives: Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Trent Boult

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