NZ vs PAK Prediction: After a string of events that happened with regards to the COVID protocols breach, the series between New Zealand and Pakistan will go ahead as planned. Both teams have a set of injuries in their squads and will the services of their respective full-time captains. But despite all that the series will start tomorrow with the first of three T20I at Auckland.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20I
Date & Time: 18 December 2020, 11:30 AM IST
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Expert free tip for team formation in Small Leagues
Wicket Keeper: Glenn Philips
Batsmen: Devon Conway, Martin Guptil, Haider Ali
All Rounders: M Santner, J Neesham, S Khan, M Hafeez
Bowlers: Ish Sodhi, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Suitable Captaincy Choice: Devon Conway, M Hafeez
Suitable VC Choices: Haider Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Bet365: NZ- 1.50, PAK- 2.62
Betway: NZ- 1.50, PAK- 2.40
Prominent betting sides are predicting New Zealand to win this match comfortably.
New Zealand to win this match
New Zealand is a dominant side at home. They showed that once again in the last series against West Indies. Even in the absence of Williamson and Boult, they performed way ahead of the Windies. This is expected to continue even against Pakistan, who miss the services of Babar Azam. So New Zealand is expected to win the match as per NZ vs PAK today match prediction.
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Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in NZ)
Head to Head (In Eden Park)
New Zeland vs Pakistan is always an exciting contest. Pakistan is one of the very few teams that have tested New Zealand at their home turf when it comes to T20 cricket. But this time, the scenarios are different. They miss the services of their captain and main batsman Babar Azam and opener Imam ul Haq due to injuries that they picked up during the practice sessions. Whereas New Zealand has rested their main Test players who played against West Indies. Lockie Ferguson also misses out due to injury. So both teams will be assembling a completely different eleven to what we are used to in the coming match.
NZ Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Dough Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner
PAK Playing XI: Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Eden Park is historically a high scoring ground, where even the mishits go for maximums. With smaller ground dimensions in place, a high scoring encounter is predicted. And rightly so it is better to have a score in mind. So chasing is preferred on this batsmen’s paradise.
If New Zealand bats first: 180-190
If Pakistan bats first: 170-180
Players who are expected to perform well as per NZ vs PAK Dream11 Teams.
NZ- Devon Conway
This man has literally earned his spot by racking up tons of runs in the domestic circuit. He was the leading run-scorer in Super Smash, where he racked up 543 runs. He also impressed with scores of 41(29) and 65*(37) in the two T20Is that he played against West Indies.
PAK- Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez is the main Pakistan batsman to look forward to in this encounter. He has scored 865 T20 runs from 26 innings at an average of 48.06 in this calendar year.
Other prominent Batsmen: Glenn Philips, Haider Ali
NZ- Scott Kuggeleijn
In the absence of Boult, Ferguson, and Southee, he is the main pacer to look forward to in this match from New Zealand.
PAK- Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen is one of the most dangerous bowlers in the present era. He has picked up 48 wickets in this calendar year at an economy of 7.45.
Other prominent Bowlers: Haris Rauf, Mitchell Santner, Shadab Khan
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