Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test | PAK vs NZ WHO WILL WIN
Sheikh Abu Dhabhi Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 PM IST
After the razmataz of white-ball cricket in the New Zealand tour of the UAE, the focus now shifts to the longer format of the game with the first Test scheduled to begin on Friday.
Pakistan comes into this series buoyed by a 1-0 win over Australia last month. They have had a good run of form in 2018 and are yet to lose a series after beating Ireland and drawing with England (1-1) last summer.
But, they haven’t had much success against the Kiwis in the last few years. They were blanked 0-2 in 2016-17, New Zealand has been the only non-Asian side to not lose a series in the UAE (1-1 in 2014).
But, New Zealand will know that Brendon McCullum was a huge factor during that series. Cut to 2018, their batting heavily relies on Taylor and skipper Williamson and the duo will be critical to their success against the likes of Mohammad Abbas.
Pakistan vs New Zealand (Last two series results)
Won by New Zealand:- 1
Won by Pakistan:- 0
Abbas has been in searing form this year. He singlehandedly broke back Australia’s batting unit, claiming 17 wickets in two Test matches.
He’ll have a new bowling partner in Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is set to make his Test debut while Fakhar Zaman has been rested.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will bank on their spin department in Ish Sodhi and the uncapped Ajaz Patel who has impressed in the recent A series against Pakistan A.
So, who will win the match between New Zealand and Pakistan, let us dive into the match predictions and betting odds from the match NZ vs PAK?
NZ vs PAK WHO WILL WIN| NZ vs PAK Betting Odds
Bet365- NZ (11/4) PAK (4/6) Draw (4/1)
Betfair- NZ (3/1) PAK (8/13) Draw (4/1)