Bengaluru pitch is flat
Kiwis have injury worries
New Zealand v Pakistan
Saturday 4 November, 05:00
TV: Live on Sky Sports
New Zealand v Pakistan World Cup team news
New Zealand's campaign is in jeopardy. Three straight losses have put qualification in doubt and their injury list is getting worse. Matt Henry has been ruled out of the tournament and Lockie Ferguson has an Achilles issue. Kyle Jamieson has joined the squad as a replacement for Henry. Kane Williamson, Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesham all have injuries.
Possible XI: Conway, Young, Ravindra, Mitchell, Latham, Phillips, Neesham, Santner, Jamieson, Southee, Boult
Pakistan have decided to go with a five-man bowling attack in an effort to cover unreliable batting. Fakhar Zaman has come in for Imam-ul-Haq but Afgha Salman has been added to the middle-order. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan are out for Usama Mir and Mohammad Wasim.
Possible XI: Fakhar, Shafique, Babar, Rizwan, Shakeel, Salman, Iftikhar, Mir, Wasim, Afridi, Rauf
New Zealand v Pakistan World Cup pitch report
England's 156 all out at Bengauluru may convince the market that the surface isn't quite the road that in reality it is. In short we expect runs here. We may be able to go over the late 280s at 5/61.84 with Sportsbook in the first dig post toss. Both teams to score 300 at 17/102.70 may have appeal.
New Zealand v Pakistan World Cup match odds
New Zealand are 1.875/6 with Pakistan 2.1411/10 for what may end up feeling like a quarter-final for the loser. The Kiwis have drifted significantly since they were hammered by South Africa.
But we're not rushing to back Pakistan for this one. They've been unreliable throughout the tournament and have only managed to beat Netherlands and two dreadful outfits in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
When they come up against sides with efficient plans and gumption they struggle. This may be a good opportunity to bet New Zealand's fight.
We will keep the toss on side, though. Batting first should be an advantage with scoreboard pressure potentially making all the difference.
New Zealand v Pakistan World Cup player bets
Babar Azam has been boosted to 3/14.00 for top Pakistan bat. Devon Conway gets the same Sportsbook treatment and is 7/24.50 for the Kiwis.
With the ball, Shaheen Afridi is pipping Haris Rauf on return rate currently and is 11/43.75. Trent Boult is the same price for New Zealand top bowler.