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Toss Winner - Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets
Pakistan have won both their matches in the tri-series and have looked like the best team.
Back Pakistan to win this match.
Tournament: New Zealand T20I Tri-Series 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Pakistan have looked like the most well-balanced team in this tri-series. Their top order is exceptional, while their bowling has so much variety. New Zealand faltered in their first game where they were beaten comfortably by Pakistan but came back to secure a win in their next game against Bangladesh. With Bangladesh looking like the weakest of the three sides, it looks almost certain that we will get a Pakistan versus New Zealand final. This match might very well be a dress rehearsal before the big final.
After being humbled by Pakistan in their first match, New Zealand came back strongly in their match against Bangladesh. Restricting the opposition to just 137, the Kiwis polished off the target in just 17.5 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Devon Conway led the chase with a sublime unbeaten 70 off 50 balls. New Zealand has a solid batting unit, but they need someone who can be aggressive as well at the start. Having Finn Allen, Conway, and Kane Williamson in the top three might hamper their chances of getting quick starts. Perhaps the management would now go back to Martin Guptill in place of Allen.
New Zealand’s bowling is heavily reliant on Trent Boult and off-spinner Ish Sodhi. Tim Southee can be good on his day but needs some assistance from the pitch. Off-spinner Michael Bracewell bowled a terrific spell of 2-14 off his 4 overs in the match against Bangladesh. If he can continue his form, he could prove extremely useful during the middle overs.
Finn Allen/ Martin Guptill, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Blair Tickner, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee
Pakistan have started the tri-series with a bang – beating both Bangladesh and New Zealand comfortably. As expected, Pakistan’s top two - Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan - have been their main stars. Rizwan scored an unbeaten 78 (50 balls) in the match against Bangladesh while skipper Azam smashed 79* off 53 balls in the match against New Zealand.
However, Pakistan’s main issue is their middle order. Whenever the top two fail, the middle and lower order have not been able to rescue the team. All-rounder Shadab Khan was promoted up the order in the game against New Zealand and he blasted 34 off 22 balls in a chase of 148. The likes of Shan Masood, Haider Ali, and Iftikhar Ahmed have to lift up their game now.
Pakistan’s bowling is pretty sorted with Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz doing well. Haris Rauf can be expensive at times, but he gets the wickets with his express pace as he showed with his spell of 3-28 against New Zealand.
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shan Masood, Asif Ali
The pitch at the Hagley Oval is a good one for T20 cricket. It has got something in it for the seamers but batters enjoy it too after the surface settles down a little. The wicket also stays true throughout the 40 overs. Spinners will have to bowl tight lines here.
The weather in Christchurch on the day of the game will be mostly cloudy.
The average 1st innings score at the Hagley Oval is 153. In this series, so far the highest total on the venue has been Pakistan’s 167-5 against New Zealand after batting first. The next two matches saw the team batting first post 147-8 and 137-8 respectively. The team batting first in this game should target a total of around 175 runs.
The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Despite being the home team, New Zealand won’t start as favorites for this clash. Their batting doesn’t have that explosiveness and their bowling is heavily dependent on two men. Pakistan, on the other hand, are buoyant and will start as favorites for this match. New Zealand’s best chance is to take our Babar and Rizwan early and get into their struggling middle order.
Back Pakistan to win this match.
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