PAK vs NZ Prediction: New Zealand will make its first tour of Pakistan in 18 years. The two sides will lock horns in three ODI games and five T20Is. Pakistan were trounced by a second-string England side 3-0 in their last ODI series. New Zealand, on the other hand, are coming off a first T20 series defeat against Bangladesh. The Kiwis are missing some key stars because of the IPL. Both teams will be looking to take an early lead in the first ODI to be played at Rawalpindi. Babar Azam will lead the home side while Tom Latham will skipper the Black Caps.
Pakistan vs New Zealand
Match 1, PAK vs NZ ODI Series
17 September 2021, 03:00 PM IST
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Sony SIX and it can also be streamed on SonyLiv App. All matches are being played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
PAK vs NZ Head to Head: Pakistan have won 55 games compared to New Zealand’s 48 wins in ODIs.
PAK – 60%
NZ – 40%
New Zealand will be fielding a rather inexperienced side while Pakistan are very strong at home. The hosts have a fiesty bowling lineup including Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Expect Pakistan to put on a strong performance and win the tie. The betting sites also seem to favor the hosts heavily.
Bet365: PAK: 1.33; NZ: 3.40
Babar Azam has been Pakistan’s batting mainstay for years now. He has a good record against the Kiwis. Babar hit a scintillating hundred in his previous ODI against the Kiwis at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Overall, he has 3985 runs in 81 innings at an incredible average of 56.9.
Shadab Khan can contribute with both and ball. The Black Caps struggled against spin in Bangladesh and Shadab’s leg-spin can come in handy. He has 434 runs and 62 wickets in 48 matches.
Tom Latham is the most experienced campaigner in the Kiwi lineup. He will be looking to lead from the front. The Black Caps batting will revolve around him. He has 2824 runs in 94 innings at an average of 34.0.
PAK Playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan (vc), Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir, Saud Shakeel
NZ Playing XI
Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Tom Latham (c & wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Cole McConchie, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner, Matt Henry
The pitch at Rawalpindi is a bowler-friendly wicket with an average score of 215. It will make a great contest between bat and ball. A tightly fought match appears to be on the cards. The team winning the toss would look to bowl first.
If PAK bats first: 240-250
If NZ bats first: 230-240
We can expect a sunny afternoon in Rawalpindi today. The match should go ahead uninterrupted. There is less than 5% chance of rain. It will be quite windy. Humidity will be very high around 60-70% and the expected temperature on match day is 30 degrees.
WICKET-KEEPERS: T Latham, M Rizwan
BATSMEN: B Azam, H Nicholls, F Zaman
ALL-ROUNDERS: C McConchie, R Ravindra, S Khan
BOWLERS: A Patel, H Ali, S Afridi
Captain choices: H Ali, B Azam
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