New Zealand and Pakistan have faced each other a total of nine times in the World Cup. In this New Zealand vs Pakistan rivalry, the latter has an upper edge having won seven matches.
NZ vs PAK Head To Head All Time Records
|3/8/2011||New Zealand||110 runs||Pallekele|
|6/11/1983||New Zealand||52 runs||Birmingham|
The first-ever World Cup fixture between these teams took place on 11 June at Birmingham. New Zealand batted first after losing the toss. The Kiwis put up 238 on the board. Pakistan fell 53 runs short of the target. This eventually turned out to be the Black Caps’ only win against Pakistan in the World Cup until the 2011 edition. Their second World Cup meeting took place nine days after the first one at Nottingham.
This time Pakistan decided to bat first after winning the toss. A century from Zaheer Abbas powered their total to 261 runs. In reply, the Kiwi batsmen were able to score 250 runs before getting bowled out.
Nine years later, in 1992 Cricket World Cup, these sides again contested twice against each other. This time Pakistan won both encounters. In the first match, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field. They were able to restrict New Zealand batsmen for a lowly score of 166 with Wasim Akram taking four wickets. The Pakistani easily chased the target with Rameez Raja scoring an unbeaten 119. Their second fixture of the tournament was the World Cup Semi-Final. Batting first, after winning the toss, New Zealand gave Pakistan a target of 263 runs. What followed was a tense and close run chase in which Pakistan came out to be the better side.
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The next New Zealand vs Pakistan World Cup fixture took place on 6 March 1996 in Lahore. Winning the toss, Kiwis asked the hosts to bat first. Half-centuries from Saeed Anwar and Saleem Malik helped Pakistan reach the score of 281 runs at the end of 50 overs. Chasing 282, New Zealand’s batsmen kept going to the pavilion at regular intervals and the whole team was back in the dressing room by the 48th over after scoring 235 runs.
Three years later, both the teams again met each other twice in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The first match was in the league stage, where Pakistan batted first and scored 269 runs, after losing the toss. The Kiwi batsmen failed to chase the target and were only able to score 207 runs at the end of 50 overs. The second meeting was in the semi-final of the tournament, where again the Pakistani players got better of their counterparts. New Zealand gave a target of 242 runs to Pakistan after batting first. Pakistan cruised to the win with only losing one wicket.
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After 12 years, they met in the ICC World Cup 2011 at Pallekele. Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand put 302 runs on the board, with Ross Taylor scoring an unbeaten 131. In response, Pakistan’s whole lineup was back in the dressing room for 192 runs.
Their latest meeting was in ICC World Cup 2019, in which Pakistan comfortably won by 6 wickets. Its the brilliant performance of Shaheen Afridi and Babar Azam which helped Pakistan to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
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