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NZ vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction Tips for 3rd T20I New Zealand vs Pakistan, 22 December

NZ vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction: A relatively inexperienced Pakistan side will take on a confident New Zealand here at Napier. The match will be a dead rubber as NZ have already won the series winning both the matches comprehensively. New Zealand have looked at ease in their favorable conditions so far and hasn’t faced much of a challenge so far. There is the experience of Guptill combined with Tim Seifert who has been the highest run scorer in this series so far. The return of Kane Williamson has further boosted the batting. Tim Southee’s performance in the last game and the rise of Scott Kuggeleijn will give NZ a big boost ahead of next year’s T20 WC. The Kiwis look to be in complete control and will look to continue their dominance.

Pakistan though, have struggled so far without their regular captain Babar Azam. Their young batsmen have found it difficult to deal with the pace and bounce. Mohammad Hafeez used all his experience in the last game and showed how to play in such pitches but he has lacked support from the other end. Haider Ali has shown his talent in England and will look to make use of the first 6 overs. With skipper Shadab Khan in good form with the bat, Pakistan will need some runs from him down the order. Bowling has looked good in patches but Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf will need to trouble NZ consistently in order to cause any problems for their strong batting order.

NZ vs PAK Dream11 match details

Fixture name: 3rd T20I, New Zealand vs Pakistan

Series: Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2020-21

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Date: 22 December, 2020

Time: 11:30 AM IST

Ground: McLean Park, Napier

Brief score of the last result at the venue: Central Districts 186/5 (19 overs) beat Otago 184/7 by 5 wickets on January 2, 2020.

Team Form:

NZ (recent last) W W NR W W

PAK (recent last) W W W L L

ICC T20I Rankings: NZ 6, PAK 4

Pitch Report: The pitches in Napier are normally good for batting with some good bounce on offer. There will be some movement with the new ball on a fresh wicket but expect a big score on the board. Batsmen will also enjoy the shorter boundaries here. Big scores have been chased with considerable ease in the past here. There will be passing showers but that is unlikely to affect the result of the match.

NZ vs PAK Playing 11

NZ Team News

Injury update, unavailability- There are no injury updates and all the players in the NZ squad are available for selection.

Expected team changes- NZ might bring in Daryl Mitchell in place of Kyle Jamieson who was expensive in the last game. This will also boost their batting.

Team Combination:

  • Guptill and wicketkeeper Seifert will be the openers with Williamson at No.3.
  • Conway, Glenn Phillips and Neesham will be in the middle order with one out of Jamieson and Daryl Mitchell expected to play at No.7.
  • Boult and Southee will be the frontline new ball bowlers with Sodhi being the specialist spinner.

NZ Playing 11 (probable)

M Guptill

T Seifert (wk)

K Williamson (C)

D Conway

G Phillips

J Neesham

D Mitchell/ K Jamieson

S Kuggeleijn

T Southee

I Sodhi

T Boult

PAK Team News

Injury update, unavailability- Pakistan have no further injury concerns apart from Babar Azam being ruled out of the series before.

Expected team changes- Wahab Riaz went for 19 in his only over that he bowled in the last match and will most probably be replaced by Mohammad Hasnain. Experienced Iftikhar Ahmed can also replace Abdullah Shafique.

Team Combination:

  • Wicketkeeper Rizwan will open alongside Haider Ali with in-form Hafeez being expected to come at No.3.
  • One out of Shafique and Iftikhar will play in the middle order with skipper Shadab and Khushdil to follow.
  • Shaheen and Haris Rauf will take the new ball with Hasnain expected to play his first game of the tour.

PAK Playing 11 (probable)

M Rizwan (wk)

H Ali

M Hafeez

A Shafique/ I Ahmed

S Khan (C)

K Shah

F Ashraf

I Wasim

S Afridi

H Rauf

M Hasnain

NZ vs PAK Today Match Prediction: Who will win NZ vs PAK Dream11 match today?

New Zealand will start the match as clear favorites. Being the home team, they have dominated Pakistan this series. Their fast bowlers have caused some serious troubles for the young and inexperienced Pakistan batsmen. Pakistan did cause NZ some problems in the chase in the first game but NZ batsmen totally dominated the chase in the second one. Pakistan has nothing to lose and they will look to regain some pride in this game. Expect a run fest in this NZ vs PAK Today Match Prediction.

NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction, Captain & Differential Picks, Fantasy Cricket Tips

M Guptill- Guptill had a good start in the last game and looked set for a big one. He is timing the ball nicely too. It’s been a while since he has played a substantial innings and with this game being a dead rubber, he can play a big innings.

T20I Career: Runs 2602, Avg. 32

Guptill vs Pak: Runs 469, Avg. 31

G Phillips- Phillips recently hit the fastest T20I ton for NZ against WI. He has the experience in various T20 leagues and can be a valuable player for NZ in both the top and middle order.

T20I Career: Runs 293, Avg. 24

Phillips vs Pak: Runs 74, Avg. 12.33

T Boult- Boult looked a little rusty in the last match but he is expected to get back into groove for this one. With his left-arm angle, he can pose a serious threat to inexperienced Pakistan batsmen with the new ball.

T20I Career: Wkts 39, Bowl Avg. 22

Boult vs Pak: Wkts 3, Bowl Avg. 48

H Ali- Haider is one of the most promising talents who is also seen as the future of the batting. He played an attractive innings in a T20I in England. In the powerplay, he can be a destructive batsman if he gets going.

T20I Career: Runs 165, Avg. 33

Haider vs NZ: Runs 11, Avg. 5.5

M Hafeez- He is the only Pakistan batsman who has looked comfortable so far. He scored a brilliant 57 ball 99 out of a team total of 163 which shows his importance in this batting order. Pakistan will again require him to fire in order to challenge a powerful home side.

T20I Career: Runs 2282, Avg. 28

Hafeez vs NZ: Runs 412, Avg. 32

S Afridi- Shaheen is one of the main bowlers of this Pakistan side who plays all the formats. His left-arm angle can be threatening for the opposition and is a genuine wicket-taking option on seaming wickets.

T20I Career: Wkts 20, Bowl Avg. 24

Afridi vs NZ: Wkts 5, Bowl Avg. 23

Differential Picks

J Neesham- All-rounder Neesham has played several substantial innings for his team but hasn’t got his chances so far in this series. His ability to contribute with both bat and ball makes him a trusted pick in the NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction.

T20I Career: Runs 248, Bat Avg. 23, Wkts 15, Bowl Avg. 25

Neesham vs Pak: Runs 28, Bat Avg. 28, Wkts 4, Bowl Avg. 10.25

H Rauf- Rauf has clocked some serious speeds so far this series without much success. He was impressive in the first game but went for runs in the last one. He can be a genuine wicket taking option and will be eager to prove himself.

T20I Career: Wkts 14, Bowl Avg. 23

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