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Pakistan vs Canada: Will Pakistan’s Losing Streak Continue Against Canada?

Pakistan vs Canada: Will Pakistan’s Losing Streak Continue Against Canada?

 

The Pakistan team will be playing its 3rd match of the T20 World Cup 2024 today against Canada. Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the T20 World Cup are slim. They have already lost 2 matches in this World Cup season. So Pakistan vs Canada match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York today will be a crucial Group A match for Pakistan. Babar Azam’s team is in a weak situation after losing back-to-back to the USA and India. They need a convincing win and some good results elsewhere to advance to the Super 8 stage.

The way Pakistan is batting has been a big worry. The rest of the lineup, except Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Imad Wasim, has struggled to deliver consistent results. The consistent wicket-keeper batter, Mohammad Rizwan, has had moments of form, but he hasn’t been able to convert them into significant runs. Proven match-winner Fakhar Zaman has been quieted, and Pakistan hasn’t got the steadiness it needs from the middle order, which includes players like Iftikhar Ahmed and Imad Wasim.

On the plus side, though, has been the bowling attack. Opposing batsmen have found it difficult to deal with Haris Rauf’s blistering pace, while both the youthful Naseem Shah and the seasoned Mohammad Amir have taken significant wickets. The leading left-arm pacer, Shaheen Afridi, has been frugal but hasn’t quite been able to return to his typical wicket-taking ways.

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Canada team comes with a positive approach

Conversely, Canada comes into the game with a positive approach. They are confident as the team secured a thrilling victory over Ireland. After falling short against co-hosts USA in their first game, the Canadians regained admirably, holding Ireland to a low score and winning with a confidence boost. Their batting core consists of Nicholas Kirton and Shreyas Movva, while their bowling attack, led by the crafty Dillon Heyliger, shows good discipline and control.

Given that both sides are gunning for points, this game should be intense. Pakistan, which is about to lose, will do everything in its power to secure a convincing victory. They could be tempted to switch up their batting order, possibly substituting Azam Khan or Saim Ayub for the injured Usman Khan.

Canada, on the other hand, will be full of self-assurance and like their prospects of pulling off another upset. They intend to take advantage of Pakistan’s weaknesses in the batting department and achieve a respectable score. If they can continue to play with discipline, their bowling attack might be a serious threat to the Pakistani batsmen, particularly on a field that might help the seamers somewhat.

Weather Update 

The weather in New York is predicted to be ideal for the entire game, with little risk of rain and a high of 19–21 degrees Celsius. This may be a solid batting surface, although seam movement and early swing could be important considerations, particularly in low light.

Although Pakistan appears to be the clear favorite on paper, their previous performance leaves this Pakistan vs Canada match full of surprises. Pakistan’s campaign has to be restarted with a solid display from their batters and another disciplined bowling effort. Conversely, Canada’s goal will be to accomplish yet another massive upset and heighten the intrigue around Group A.

Both teams will be greatly impacted by this game. It’s a game that Pakistan must win to keep their dreams of qualifying for the World Cup alive. It’s a chance for Canada to cause another ruckus and make an impression on the world stage. There will be a lot of excitement at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, and cricket fans from all around the world will be watching this high-stakes Pakistan vs Canada match with great anticipation.

Pakistan’s Probable Playing XIs:

Pakistan may be tempted to switch up their batting order, maybe substituting Azam Khan or Saim Ayub for the injured Usman Khan. This is their probable lineup:

  • Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  • Saim Ayub/Azam Khan
  • Babar Azam (c)
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Shadab Khan
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Imad Wasim/Azam Khan (depending on who opens)
  • Shaheen Afridi
  • Naseem Shah
  • Haris Rauf
  • Mohammad Amir

Canada’s Probable Playing XIs:

In an attempt to keep up their winning streak, Canada is expected to deploy a squad that is identical to the one that beat Ireland.

  • Aaron Johnson
  • Navneet Dhaliwal
  • Pargat Singh
  • Dilpreet Bajwa
  • Nicholas Kirton
  • Shreyas Movva (wk)
  • Dillon Heyliger
  • Saad bin Zafar (c)
  • Junaid Siddiqui
  • Jeremy Gordon
  • Kaleem Sana

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FAQs

  • What’s at stake for Pakistan?

For Pakistan to have any chance of making the T20 World Cup, they have to win. To get to the Super 8 stage, they must win handily.

  • What are Pakistan’s batting concerns?

Pakistan’s batsmen, excluding Shadab Khan and Babar Azam, haven’t played with consistency. 

  • What can Canada do to pull off an upset?

Canada’s goal is to put up a competitive total by taking advantage of Pakistan’s batting vulnerabilities. The Pakistani batters may be threatened by their methodical bowling attack, particularly if they can swing the ball early.

  • Who are the key players to watch?

Babar Azam and Shadab Khan are Pakistan’s two most important batsmen, and Haris Rauf and the two young fast bowlers, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah, are vital as well. Bowler Dillon Heyliger will be essential with his discipline and control. Also, Canada team will consider Nicholas Kirton and Shreyas Movva for their batting contributions.

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