The group stages of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia have concluded, with four teams, New Zealand, England, India, and Pakistan, advancing to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for November 9 and 10.

After a grueling 27-day period, four teams out of sixteen managed to book their place in the semi-finals of the silverware event.

The Super 12s stage brought out some of the best performances from top international cricketers as they set the stadiums in Australia on fire.

During the round-robin matches, cricket fans witnessed plenty of excitement, and even on the last day of the group stages, the Netherlands’ shock win over South Africa helped Pakistan reach the semi-finals. Now, Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the first semi-final on Wednesday at Sydney Cricket Ground while India and England will come face-to-face in the second semi-final on Thursday at Adelaide Oval. 

In this post, you’ll Read about
Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities

The 2021 T20 World Cup finalists New Zealand finished the Super 12 stage as the group toppers with only one defeat to their credit. The Blackcaps will be the top contenders to make the final, and here in this article, we analyze their team before they play against Pakistan in Sydney.

Strengths:

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New Zealand has been the best team in the T20 World Cup 2022 so far. A huge share of the credit for their success should be given to Kane Williamson. The New Zealand skipper has been brilliant with his tactics on the field. His decision to play Finn Allen over veteran Martin Guptill has proven to be the right call. Williamson’s style of captaincy might be very different from that of his predecessor, McCullum, but he has been successful in carrying forward the good work done by McCullum. Apart from this, New Zealand has several quality performers in their squad who have the experience and proven match-winning skills to do well in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022

The best part about New Zealand’s success this year, different players have stood up at different times to make match-winning contributions. Finn Allen has the best strike rate in the tournament amongst openers, while Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, and Daryl Mitchell have made their presence felt with the bat. Glenn Phillips has been New Zealand’s MVP in this tournament. At 25, he’s the second-youngest member of the Black Caps’ Twenty20 World Cup squad, but he’s been their brightest star during their run to the semifinals in Australia, scoring 195 runs across five innings. Williamson’s welcome return to form is a good sign for the Kiwis ahead of the knockouts. Bowlers have been bowling fantastically well as a group. The seasoned duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult provided the team with firepower with the ball across the game’s three formats. Nothing less would be expected of them. The same goes well with the spin twins, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi. The Kiwi bowlers have adapted well to the conditions, and they will be keen to see their team home this time around.

Weakness:

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In the Super 12s, batters did well to a great extent, but there’s a weak link in this batting group. Perhaps one of the biggest weaknesses, which is glaring, is the lack of a finisher in the New Zealand team. Yes, Daryl Mitchell and James Neesham are there, but both haven’t come to the party yet. This makes the batting lineup look fragile, especially the middle to lower middle-order. If Pakistan can get to New Zealand’s lower middle order quickly, then the Blackcaps will be in trouble. The other factor that can play against the Kiwis is the weather. Sydney has always favored teams from the Asian subcontinent. Against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pakistan would feel at home. The spin-friendly conditions will suit the Men in Green the most. It would be tough for New Zealand to crack down on their opponent at the SCG.

Opportunities:

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Inarguably, New Zealand has emerged as the most consistent side as far as ICC events are concerned post-ICC Men’s World Cup 2015. Despite making the knockout rounds in the last two editions of the T20 World Cup, Kane Williamson and his team haven’t managed to get their hands on the coveted trophy. With his captaincy and ability to encourage his players, Williamson will be mindful of the fact that he has a talented team at his disposal. This will give Williamson another chance to win the T20 World title.

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