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Amir the main threat to in-form NZ

Amir the main threat to in-form NZ

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Wednesday sees New Zealand take on Pakistan at Edgbaston, with both sides having different priorities.

At the time of writing, the Kiwis lead the standings but that could change with Australia facing England on Tuesday, while Pakistan realistically need a victory to keep their hopes of a knockout place alive.

New Zealand to win @ 20/33

The Black Caps were runners-up four years ago and have recent experience in Birmingham, having beaten South Africa on this ground by four wickets earlier this month.

A solid all-round outfit, they seem destined for the last four and have enough good players in all three facets of the game to suggest this could be their year.

Having skittled Sri Lanka for 136 and Afghanistan for 172, they are in fine form and, with Pakistan so inconsistent in the field and having fallen for just 105 against West Indies, the Antipodeans will be confident.

Kane Williamson – Man of the Match @ 6/1

Something that backs up that opinion is the brilliant form of captain Kane Williamson. The 28-year-old has totalled 373 runs from his four innings, including 148 in Saturday’s dramatic win over West Indies.

Williamson exudes calm, whether at the crease or leading his team in the field, and looks a man playing in his prime.

He has also previously scored three one-day centuries against Pakistan and you feel he may have their number in Birmingham.

Mohammad Amir – Top Pakistan Bowler @ 12/5

However, one man who could prove a thorn in Williamson’s side is the brilliant Mohammad Amir.

The 27-year-old is the tournament’s top bowler at the time our writing, taking 15 wickets at an average of 14.60.

That tally includes 2-49 in Sunday’s win over South Africa and after the early difficulties of his career, Amir is starting to carve himself a place amongst some of Pakistan’s best ever bowlers.

As a left-armer, Wasim Akram is an obvious comparison and he has similar pace and guile to arguably his country’s greatest ever seamer.

Wednesday’s match could prove to be a bit of a shoot-out between himself and Lockie Ferguson.

Ferguson has taken 14 wickets so far in the tournament and at 3/1 to be his country’s top bowler, he will undoubtedly pose plenty of problems for the Pakistan rearguard.

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