PAK vs NZ Dream11 Team: Top 5 Fantasy Picks for Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st Test

Updated on: Dec 24, 2022 6:23 pm IST

  • PAK vs NZ Dream11 Team

    PAK vs NZ Dream11 Team: Pakistan is all set to host New Zealand for a two-match Test series and the opening Test match is scheduled to begin from 26 December, 2022 at the National Stadium in Karachi. Hosts Pakistan will definitely be down on confidence after having suffered a disappointing 0-3 Test series whitewash at the hands of the visiting England team at home. On the other hand, New Zealand also ended up losing their last away Test series in England earlier this year. A lot of star player will be in action from both the teams during PAK vs NZ 1st Test.

    PAK vs NZ Dream11 Team Fantasy Picks

    1. Babar Azam

    Pakistan captain Babar Azam performed really well with the bat during the recently concluded Test series against England at home. He scored half-centuries each during both the innings of the 3rd Test against England and also composed a total of 348 runs from 3 games at an average of 58. Babar has notched up a total of more than 3400 runs from as many as 45 Test matches at an average of close to 50. The Pakistani skipper has smashed a total of 26 half-centuries and 8 hundreds in the longest format of the game.

    Matches Runs Average 50/100 Recent Form
    45 3470 48.19 26/8 54 & 78, 75 & 1, 136 & 4, 81, 16, 55, 119, 67, 55

    2. Tom Latham

    New Zealand’s senior opening batsman Tom Latham has played a lot of crucial innings for his side in some tough conditions across his Test career so far. The left-handed Kiwi batter has scored more than 4600 run from a total of 68 Test matches at an average of over 40. Latham has smacked as many as 23 half-centuries and 12 hundreds. He has also notched two wonderful double-hundreds in the longer format of the game and has a wonderful record against tackling the spinners in the sub-continent conditions.

    Matches Runs Average 50/100 Recent Form
    68 4623 40.55 23/12 76 & 0, 4 & 26, 14 & 1

    3. Abdullah Shafique

    Pakistan’s opener Abdullah Shafique has done really well during his short Test career against some quality bowling attacks. Shafique composed a fantastic century in the first innings of the opening Test match against England. The right-handed batsman has scored 949 runs from as many as 10 Test matches at an impressive average of more than 55. In his short Test career, Abdullah has notched up a total of 4 half-centuries and 3 hundreds. He has a highest score of 160 runs in the longest format of the game.

    Matches Runs Average 50/100 Recent Form
    10 949 55.82 4/3 26 & 8, 45 & 14, 114 & 6

    4. Daryl Mitchell

    For New Zealand, Daryl Mitchell emerged as the star performer during the Test series in England earlier this year. The right-hander was the leading run-getter during the three-match Test series as he composed a sensational total of nearly 550 runs at a phenomenal average of more than 107 that included as many as 3 centuries. Mitchell has scored 941 runs from just 12 Test matches at an average of 62.73. He has composed as many as 5 fifties and 4 hundreds in Test cricket so far.

    Matches Runs Average 50/100 Recent Form
    12 941 62.73 5/4 109 & 56, 190 & 62*, 108 & 13

    5. Ajaz Patel

    New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel will be an important performer if the visitors are to well in this Test series against Pakistan. He has not got a lot of opportunities in Test cricket due to the seam-bowling friendly conditions in New Zealand but has picked up wickets in different situations. Ajaz has taken as many as 43 wickets from 12 Test matches at an average of less than 28. The Kiwi left-arm spinner claimed a historic feat during the last India tour where he picked up all 10 wickets in a single innings of a Test match.

    Matches Runs Average Strike-rate Recent Form
    12 43 27.65 58.02 0/22, 10/119 & 4/106, 2/90 & 1/60

     

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