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.
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
Playing 11 Prediction
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
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
New Zealand – Devon Conway, Glenn Philips, Jacob Duffy
Pakistan – Abdullah Shafique, Mohd. Hafeez, Shadab Khan (c)
It will be a great day for cricket, with the temperature hovering around a pleasant 20 °C mark. Chances of precipitation are nil.
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