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NZ vs PAK Today Match Prediction New Zealand vs Pakistan dream11 team Today 18 December

NZ vs PAK today match prediction; Pakistan are set to Kickstart their campaign in NZ with a T20I series which is their preferred format but they will be without their star batsman in Babar Azam.

New Zealand are continuing to experiment with their team especially in the bowling department where none of Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult will be present for the series. The skipper Kane Williamson will miss the series as well.

Lets take a look at NZ vs PAK dream11 prediction

NZ vs PAK dream11 match today

Lets bring out some strengths and weaknesses of both the sides in NZ vs PAK today match prediction

Strengths

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New Zealand (NZ)

  • Their top order is in very good stead even without the presence of Colin Munro and Kane Williamson.
  • The likes of Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway are in excellent form and would like to continue their form in this series as well against a very good Pakistan attack.

Pakistan (PAK)

  • Their pace attack is top tier.
  • They have mix of experience and youth in their pace attack to go with 2 top class T20 spinners in Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim.
  • Their bowling attack is a complete package.

Weaknesses

New Zealand (NZ)

  • A lot of fringe bowlers might hurt them on good batting deck.
  • Their lower order will be tested if they lose their top order early. Jimmy Neesham was decent against West Indies and this time he will have a much bigger challenge as the bowling attack of Pakistan is superior compared to West Indies

Pakistan (PAK)

  • They will be playing without their best batsman, Babar Azam.
  • Bulk of the job has to be done by Haider Ali who is just 4 T20s old and Mohammad Hafeez.
  • They don’t have a natural six hitter in their batting order except Khushdil Shah which might be a drawback on a belter of a wicket like Auckland.

Form guide (Last 5 games)

NZ- NRWWLL

PAK- WWWWL

Records at Auckland (T20 format)

NZ- 13 wins and 9 defeats in 22 games

PAK- 2 wins and 1 loss in 3 games

NZ vs PAK playing11

NZ playing 11

Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Dough Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner

PAK playing 11

Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

NZ vs PAK prediction: Who will win today?

In NZ vs PAK who will win today match section, New Zealand are winning the game according to betting sites as odds are favoring them.

Bet365: NZ- 1.50, PAK- 2.62

Betway: NZ- 1.50, PAK- 2.40

NZ vs PAK dream11 team prediction tips

Lets take a look at some big match players who can fetch big points in fantasy leagues in NZ vs PAK dream11 prediction section

Shaheen Afridi: The best new ball bowler in world cricket at the moment in any format of the game. He is sure to make some damage upfront with the new ball. He can be a real value added pick.

Glenn Phillips: He was smashing the Windies bowlers to all parts of the ground. He scored 130 runs in 2 innings including a century. He is in red hot form and is sure to score some runs with the bat.

Shadab Khan: He has to bear the responsibility in the absence of Babar Azam. He has always been a proven wicket taker and had some good returns last time around when he played in New Zealand in this format.

Devon Conway: He was impressive and looked like an impeccable timer of the ball. With ground being favorable for batters, he should enjoy batting in this ground.

Other picks: Wahab Riaz, Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn are all valuable picks. Try to pack the team with as many batsmen as possible.

Today NZ vs PAK score: Team batting first will look to score in excess of 200.

Today match pitch report: The wicket will be a belter with shorter boundaries.

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