Pakistan Vs New Zealand 1st T20I

Both New Zealand and Pakistan will be without their talismanic captains – Kane Williamson and Babar Azam – among a host of other absentees in both parties, as the two countries renew their T20I rivalry after a two-year gap, in the first of the three T20Is in Auckland.

Pakistan Vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match | Prediction & Betting tips

New Zealand has been quietly having a great run in international cricket off late. It is fighting for the top spot in test cricket, lost the ODI World Cup by the barest of margins, and is shaping up pretty nicely for the T20 World Cup as well.

This series against Pakistan is going to be very important as it tests out some of its younger and less-established players against a strong Pakistan T20 team. The loss of Babar Azam because of injury is a huge blow to Pakistan’s hopes. They will really need to dig deep without him to lead their batting.

Like New Zealand, though, they also have some very exciting youngsters to look out for and one of the best young fast-bowling combination in the world.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 2020 is going to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on the 18th of December 2020.

Squads

New Zealand Squad: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert(w), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner(c), Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, Todd Astle, Blair Tickner

Pakistan Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Shadab Khan(c), Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed

Playing 11 Prediction

New Zealand

Tim Seifert (WK), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (C), Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy and Blair Tickner/Doug Bracewell

Pakistan

Mohd Rizwan (WK), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Mohd Hafeez, Shadab Khan (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf

Key Players

New Zealand – Devon Conway, Glenn Philips, Jacob Duffy

Pakistan – Abdullah Shafique, Mohd. Hafeez, Shadab Khan (c)

Wetaher Report

It will be a great day for cricket, with the temperature hovering around a pleasant 20 °C mark. Chances of precipitation are nil.

Pitch Report

The pitch at this ground is expected to be slightly in favour of the batsmen. A score of around 180 should be competitive in Auckland. Chasing will be easier here.

Stats on this Ground

Average first innings score:  164 (Last 5 matches played in this venue)

Record of Chasing Teams:  Won – 5, Lost – 0, NR – 0