Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2020-21 - 1st T20I
The 1st T20I of the three-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan will be played at the Eden Park, Auckland in New Zealand.
With Babar Azam having been named the captain in all the three formats, Pakistan were expecting bigger and better things from him.
However, it was not the ideal start for the newly-appointed captain as after the team had to undergo an extended period of hard quarantine for two weeks in New Zealand, the skipper fractured his thumb during a throwdown session and has been ruled out of the T20I series.
Shadab Khan, who himself has been carrying a groin niggle, is expected to recover in time and lead Pakistan in the 1st T20I. The onus will be on Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah and Iftikhar Ahmed to score the majority of runs.
Imad Wasim will be Pakistan's second spin bowling option while Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz will form the pace trioka.
New Zealand will also miss the services of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Daryl Mitchell who have been rested after the test series against West Indies while Kane Williamson is awaiting the birth of his baby.
Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert will open the batting for New Zealand with Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway their main batsmen in the middle order. James Neesham and Mitchell Santner will be in the role of all-rounders. Scott Kuggleijn and Ish Sodhi will be their main bowlers.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Glenn Philips, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Jacob Duffy, Doug Bracewell/Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggleijn, Ish Sodhi
Pakistan - Mohammed Hafeez, Haider Ali, Khusdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammed Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - New Zealand
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Glenn Philips (New Zealand), Mohammed Hafeez (Pakistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Ish Sodhi (New Zealand), Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
Most Sixes – Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Mohammed Hafeez (Pakistan)
Man of the Match – Glenn Philips
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 200+, Pakistan 180+
Match Handicap New Zealand
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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