CAN vs PAK T20 World Cup 2024: Fantasy XI prediction, teams, captain, vice-captain, draw and venue analysis


Pakistan's future in the 2024 T20 World Cup hangs by a thread after their two consecutive defeats against the United States and India. It is not that Pakistan performed poorly in these matches, but that they were not able to close out the matches. In their opening match against the United States, they lost in the Super Over, and in the second match against India, they failed to reach 120 and lost by six runs.

Pakistan will face Canada in a decisive clash in the T20 World Cup. (Getty Images via AFP)

Pakistan's match against Canada won't be easy either as they are no pushovers and have already scored two points from their win against Ireland. In the T20 World Cup 2024 In the first match against the United States, Canada scored 194 in 5 batting first, which the host chased down. For Pakistan, it would be a do or die match and Canada has the potential to pull off a surprising victory.

CANADA LIKELY XI

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Drummers: Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Shreyas Movva

VERSATILE: Pargat Singh, Dilpreet Bajwa, Nicholas Kirton, Saad Bin Zafar, Junaid Siddiqui

BOWLERS: Dillon Heyliger, Kaleem Sana, Jeremy Gordon

PAKISTAN LIKELY XI

Batsmen: Mohammad Rizwan (week), Babar Azam, Usman Khan/Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman

VERSATILE: Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan

BOWLERS: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Amir

Player Stats (Pakistan)

SLEEVES – 15

COURSE – 484

AVERAGE – 34.57

STRIKE RATE – 113.61

50-PLUS – 5

SLEEVES – 15

Wickets – 19

AVERAGE – 8:31 p.m.

ECONOMIC RATE – 6.75

4-PLUS – 1

Babar Azam: The Pakistan skipper has now appeared in three T20 World Cups for Pakistan and is their prolific batsman. The bat more or less rotates around him as he sets the tone for the innings. In his 15 innings so far, Babar has scored 484 runs at an average of 34.57.

Shaheen Shah Afridi: The tall left-arm fast bowler leads Pakistan's bowling attack and his team expects him to make quick forays. He is quick with the new ball and can swing it both ways. Playing in his third T20 World Cup, Afridi has picked 19 in 15 matches.

Players who can make the difference

Naseem Shah: The youngster has been bowling with great fire and has picked four wickets in two matches so far, including three wickets against India. As Pakistan faces Canada at the same venue in New York, Shah would be very effective on this ground.

Mohammad Rizwan: After skipper Babar Azam, a large part of Pakistan's batting also depends on the wicketkeeper-batsman. He has a responsible head on his shoulders, regardless of the format. In T20Is, he has an excellent record and in the clash against Canada, Rizwan would be a key player.

Player Statistics (Canada)

Nicholas Kirton in T20I

SLEEVES – 16

COURSE – 364

AVERAGE – 30.33

STRIKE RATE – 125.08

50-PLUS – 1

Nikhil Dutta in T20Is

SLEEVES – 25

Wickets – 25

AVERAGE – 21.08

ECONOMIC RATE – 6.65

4-PLUS – 1

Nicholas Kirton: The versatile hitter had scored 51 off 31 balls in Canada's match against the United States. Nicholas Kirton is a vital cog in Canada's batting order and in his last 10 matches, he has scored 286 runs at a strike rate of 141.58.

Nikhil Dutta: If the track sticks, the offbreak bowler will be in the thick of it. Nikhil Dutta can get you the wickets and in the last eight matches, he has picked 11 wickets with a strike rate of 12.09 and an economy of 6.45.

Players who can make the difference

Aaron Johnson: Canada's opening batter has been in good form and in his last 10 matches, he has scored 334 runs at a strike rate of 164.53. In Canada's opening match against the United States in the ongoing T20 World Cup, he scored 23 off 16 balls before being dismissed. Aaron Johnson, at the top, holds the key to Canada's start in the powerplay, as in his short T20I career, Johnson has already scored two centuries and five fifties.

Kaleem Sana: Hasn't played many matches for Canada, but Kaleem Sana is a wicket-taker in the T20 format as the left-arm medium pacer has picked 16 wickets in his last six matches with a strike rate of 8 .56 and an economy of 4.51.

FACE-TO-FACE

Last 5 matches (most recent)

PAKISTAN: LALLL

CANADA: ALLLW

*A: Abandoned due to rain

Canada and Pakistan have faced each other only once in T20Is at King City in 2008, which Pakistan won by 35 runs.

Venue Details

The Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York hosted five matches, of which the chasing team won three. Unsurprisingly, the team that won the toss chose to finish second here on four occasions. The team batting first has been bundled out for less than 100 on two occasions, while the average score of the team batting first is 106/9 – the lowest among all venues so far during the 2024 T20 World Cup! The average score in the second round is 104/5. This wicket is a pace bowler's dream, offering significant swing and seam. The wicket has also been subject to criticism due to its two-paced nature and unpredictability. Balls thrown down the length bounced significantly, making it very difficult for batters. The Pacers accounted for almost 85% of the wickets at the venue, with an average of 15, strike rate of 16 and economy of 5.6.

Match prediction

Pakistan will be under pressure to win the match against Canada. However, the New York field will pose a challenge for both teams. Pakistan are favorites, but Canada can also win if they play good cricket.

FANTASY XI

OPENINGS: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (week)

Drummers: Fakhar Zaman, Nicholas Kirton, Navneet Dhaliwal

VERSATILE: Shadab Khan, Dilon Heyliger, Saad Bin Zafar

BOWLERS: Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir

ADDITIONAL PLAYERS

Drummer: Aaron Johnson

MELON: Haris Rauf

VERSATILE: Imad Wasim

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