The 35th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played between New Zealand and Pakistan on Saturday, November 4 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
It’s a high-stakes encounter because both teams are in a fierce battle for a top-four position. New Zealand’s recent three-match losing streak has opened up the points table, and Pakistan is in control of their own qualification fate. They won’t want to squander this chance.
New Zealand‘s tally in the tournament is 7 matches with 4 wins and 3 losses, notably against the heavyweights like India, Australia, and South Africa in their latest showdown. Right now, they are sitting at the fifth spot on the leaderboard and they sure as heck want to bounce back in this game to stay in the semis mix.
On the other hand, the Pakistan team has only come out on top in three out of their seven matches in the tournament so far. They are currently hanging in fifth place on the points table and absolutely need a win in this game to leapfrog New Zealand and stay in the race for the semifinals.
However before heading into this game, let’s take a look at the pitch report, and ground stats of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru:
NZ vs PAK: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru Pitch Report
The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch in Bangalore is a paradise for batters in limited-overs cricket, known for high-scoring matches where targets are chased down comfortably. The short boundaries and lively pitch are advantageous for batters, and the pacers often get good swing and bounce. Since chasing has been easy here so whoever wins the toss will look to chase.
NZ vs PAK: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru Ground Stats
- Total matches 40
- Matches won batting first 15
- Matches won bowling first 21
- Average 1st Inns scores 233
- Average 2nd Inns scores 216
- Highest total recorded 383/6 (50 Ov) by IND vs AUS
- Lowest total recorded 114/10 (38.5 Ov) by INDW vs RSAW
- Highest score chased 329/7 (49.1 Ov) by IRE vs ENG
- Lowest score defended 166/4 (22 Ov) by IND vs ENG