NZ vs PAK Prediction: After a 2-1 win against the visitors in the T20I series, New Zealand will host Pakistan for the much-awaited Test series. The first of those Tests starts tomorrow on boxing day at Mount Maunganui. The match is expected to be a battle between two of the fiercest bowling attacks in modern-day Test cricket.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test
Date & Time: 26 December 2020, 03:30 AM IST
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Expert free tip for team formation in Small Leagues
Wicket Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Shan Masood, Tom Latham, Henry Nichols/ Ross Taylor
All Rounders: M Santner
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Shaheen Afridi, Neil Wagner, Mohammad Abbas, Kyle Jameison
Suitable Captaincy Choice: Shaheen Afridi, Kane Williamson
Suitable VC Choices: Kyle Jameison, Shan Masood
Bet365- NZ- 1.33, PAK- 6.50, Draw- 6.50
Betway- NZ- 1.33, PAK- 6.00, Draw- 6.50
Prominent betting sides are predicting New Zealand to win this match comfortably.
New Zealand to win this match
New Zealand is a dominant Test side at home. They showed that against the West Indies in the last Test series. With Pakistan captain Babar Azam too missing out, New Zealand will fancy themselves even more to whitewash the series and seal one of the finalists spot of the World Test Championship. So New Zealand is expected to win the match as per NZ vs PAK today match prediction.
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With Williamson and Latham returning returning back, New Zealand will be fielding their best eleven on the field. Will Young may make the way for Williamson. On the otherhand Pakistan have many selection headaches. Captain Babar Azam and all-rounder Shadab Khan misses out due to injury and Rizwan will wear the captain's arm band on Babar's behalf. He will have to step up with his batting as well as his leadership skills if Pakistan are to pose any threat to this New Zealand squad in their own backyard.
NZ Playing XI: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
PAK Playing XI: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Yasir Shah
Bay Oval is one of the most scenic grounds in New Zealand. This stadium has hosted just one Test match so far and it was a belter of a wicket on that occassion. Williamson scored a mammoth 251 alone in this ground. So the team winning the toss is expected to bat first on this wicket.
Players who are expected to perform well as per NZ vs PAK Dream11 Teams
NZ- Kane Williamson
If he is in the squad, then no one else shouldbe your captaincy choice for small leagues in fantasy cricket. He scored a mammoth 251 on this ground few weeks before and he is right now at the best of his forms.
PAK- Mohammad Rizwan
The stand-in Pakistan skipper was brilliant with the bat in the last England series. In the absence of Babar, he is expected to lead the batting charts for Pakistan.
Other prominent Batsmen: Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Shan Masood.
NZ- Neil Wagner
He is the main reason for New Zealand's dream run in home Tests. His ability to bowl consitently in the right areas will come in handy for New Zealand once again and it is expected to trouble the Pakistan batsman.
PAK- Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen holds the key for Pakistan's chances in this match. He is right now in the best of his forms and if he clicks at te right time then Pakistan can fancy themselves against New Zealand at home. He is the ideal captaincy choice from Pakistan for fantasy cricket.
Other prominent Bowlers: Trent Boult, Kyle Jameison, Mohamad Abbas
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