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New Zealand vs Pakistan, Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2020-21, Today Match Prediction 18 Dec 2020

Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

156/5 in 18.5

8.28 Star

153/9 in 20.0


New Zealand


Pakistan odds

NZ- 1.52
PAK- 2.40

Toss Winner - Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 5 wickets

Babar-less Pakistan take on New look New Zealand

  • New Zealand won their last T20I series 2-0 against West Indies and ended their 7-match losing streak in T20Is at home.
  • Pakistan are in a 5-match winning streak against New Zealand with 2 wins coming in the New Zealand soil.  
  • Pakistan has a 6-1 win-loss record in the T20Is this year.

NEW ZEALAND will win the match & lead the series 1-0

Tournament: Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2020-21 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand | Toss: To Bowl

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New Zealand cricket team is on a busy schedule currently with just 3 days gap between the matches. The test regulars who played the second test against West Indies are not available for the first T20I against Pakistan. Mitchell Santner is all set captain New Zealand for the second match in a row. Pakistan would be delighted to hit the field after the strict COVID protocols and quarantine rules which almost made them cancel the tour as per head coach Misbah`s words. They will miss the services of Babar Azam in the T20I series after he suffered a thumb fracture during practice. Both teams will look to get the better of the opposition and draw first blood in the tour.

New Zealand Preview

New Zealand will rely heavily on the likes of Glenn Philips and Devon Conway in the middle order who scored the bulk of runs against West Indies. Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, and James Neesham are the experienced players in the batting order. Ross Taylor has been dropped from T20Is and Mark Chapman may come in in his place.  

Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell, and Scott Kuggleijn are expected to take care of the pace bowling department in the first match. They have a strong spin department with the likes of Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, and Ish Sodhi in the squad. Impressive young bowling all-rounder Jacob Duffy might make his T20I debut in this match.

Top players to bet on:

Glenn Philips – Glenn Philips century was the highlight performance in the last T20I series. He attacked the opposition bowler’s very early and scored runs at a strike rate of 200 in the last 2 matches he batted.

Mitchell Santner – Ssantner did not have a good time against West Indies and he must take extra responsibility as a captain in this match. He will look to restrict the opposition with his line and lengths in the middle overs.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Glenn Philips, Devon Conway, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Jacob Duffy, Doug Bracewell/Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggleijn, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

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

Pakistan Preview

Shadab Khan will take over the captaincy duties in the absence of Babar Azam but he also has injury concerns. Mohammed Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khusdil Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed will be their batting mainstays in the team. Mohammed Rizwan will pip Sarfaraz Khan for the role of wicket-keeper in the first match.

They have a number of quality pacers in the team in form of Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Muhammed Musa, Mophammed Hasnain, and Faheem Ashraf. Usman Qadir and Imad Wasim are the spinners available in the squad and are expected to partner Shadab Khan in the middle overs.

Top players to bet on:

Mohammed Hafeez – Hafeez has been in red hot form with the bat scoring 258 runs in his last 6 matches at an average of 129 & strike rate of 153. He will look to continue his impressive showing in this series too.

Usman Qadir – Qadir picked up 8 wickets in 3 matches against Zimbabwe and gave runs at an economy of 5.5 RPO last series. He will look to bowl well in alien conditions for spin at New Zealand.

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI:

Mohammed Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khusdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammed Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz

Pakistan Actual Playing XI:

Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, SI Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Haider Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Khushdil Shah

W. speed
W. direction
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5.24 k/h
From: NNE
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4.82 k/h
From: NNE
0 mm.
4.05 k/h
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2.67 k/h
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1.19 k/h
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1.65 k/h
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2.1 k/h
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3.28 k/h
From: NE

Weather Conditions

Auckland weather looks bright and sunny with just 10% chances of rain on the match day. We expect no weather interruptions in this match.

Venue Details

Eden Park Oval is a graveyard for the bowlers owing to its shorter boundaries and a placid track. Almost 360 runs were scored in just 32 overs in the last game played here.  We expect a run feast of 200+ runs in this match.

Toss: To Bowl

No score is safe at this venue with two 180+ scores being chased down in the last 3 matches played at this venue. We expect both captains to chase the total at this venue.

New Zealand team has been hampered with a host of regular players missing from the match.  But, their new players have shown enough promise in the batting department while their inexperienced bowling unit might come under the pump in this match. Pakistan have a strong bowling line-up with experienced pacers and spinners. Their batting will definitely miss the services of Babar Azam who has been their prolific run scorer in T20I format. We expect New Zealand to win this match owing to favorable home conditions and batting depth.

NEW ZEALAND will win the match & lead the series 1-0


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Author: Dhinesh Kumar