World T20 League 2024, Match 39: NZ vs PNG Preview and Prediction

By Real11 - Jun 17 2024 168 Views

World T20 League 2024

Match 39: NZ vs PNG 


New Zealand and Papua New Guinea will face off in the 39th match of the 2024 T20 World Cup on Monday, June 17th at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad. This will be the final group stage match for both teams.

New Zealand currently holds a 1-2 record in the tournament, while Papua New Guinea is still searching for their first win after three consecutive losses.

In their previous match, New Zealand defeated Uganda by 9 wickets after bowling them out for just 41 runs. Tim Southee was the star of the show, taking 3 wickets for only 4 runs and earning the Player of the Match award.

Papua New Guinea most recently lost to Afghanistan, who chased down their total of 96 runs in 15.1 overs to win by 7 wickets. Kiplin Doriga top-scored for PNG with 27 runs off 32 balls, while Alei Nao, Semo Kamea, and Norman Vanua each took 1 wicket.

This match represents the final chance for both teams to end their respective campaigns on a high note. New Zealand will be favoured, but Papua New Guinea will be eager to pull off an upset and register their first victory of the tournament.

Match Details 

Match: NZ vs PNG, 39th Match, Group C,  World T20 League 2024

Date: Monday, June 17, 2024

8:00 PM

Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad has so far proven to be a challenging one for batters in this tournament. The highest team total scored in the three matches played here is just 141 runs, indicating a surface that favours the bowlers, especially the seamers.

With rain expected in the morning on match day, the playing conditions could become even more bowler-friendly. The outfield is likely to be slow, further negating the advantage for the batters. Any team winning the toss would be wise to opt to bowl first and take advantage of the helpful pitch conditions.

The weather in Trinidad on Monday morning is a concern, as there is a 50-60% chance of rain. The persistent rain could delay the start of the match or even force interruptions during play.

Additionally, the humidity is expected to be around 71%, coupled with an average wind speed of 21 km/h. These humid and breezy conditions will further assist the seamers and make run-scoring a difficult proposition for the batters.

Overall, the pitch and weather factors point towards a low-scoring affair, where the team that can best adapt to the challenging conditions and execute their bowling plans effectively will have the upper hand.

NZ vs PNG Squads

NZ: Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman

PNG: Assad Vala (c), Kiplin Doriga (wk), Tony Ura, Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Hiri Hiri, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Alei Nao, John Kariko, Semo Kamea, Kabua Morea, Charles Amini, Jack Gardner, Hila VareVenue Guide

NZ vs PNG Probable Playing XIs

NZ: Finn Allen, Decon Conway (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult z Lockie Ferguson

PNG: Tony Ura, Assad Vala (c), Lega Siaka, Sese Bau, Hiri Hiri, Chad Soper, Kiplin Doriga, Norman Vanua, Alei Nao, John Kariko, Semo Kamea

Match Prediction

We predict NZ to win this encounter and end their World T20 League 2024 campaign on a positive note. 

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