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New Zealand vs. Pakistan 2020-21 || 1ST T20I || Match Prediction and Match Tips

New Zealand vs. Pakistan 2020-21

1st T20I – Fri, 18th December

NZ vs. Pak Match Prediction:         

Pakistan team takes on the hosts New Zealand in the first T20I at Eden Park in Auckland on 18th December.

The Black Caps enter into this series on the back of an astonishing series win against world champions West Indies. Regardless of the Kiwis resting Trent Boult and skipper Kane Williamson, the likes of Mitchell Santner and Glenn Phillips were overwhelming.

On the contrary, visitors Pakistan come back to T20I having played eight games in 2020 and having won six of those with only one defeat, and they come off series wins over Zimbabwe and Bangladesh while they tied 1-1 with England in the summer.

Now, match tips claim, their planning for the next T20I World Cup continues. A few new enhancements have been made to the Kiwi roster, and a solid batting squad will give them courage ahead of this game. Their rivals, Pakistan, have borne a tough time in New Zealand so far, and as per the betting tips, they are yet to play a single match against the hosts.

Owing to the recent form, and considering the home advantage, New Zealand will favor the betting tips. Today match prediction also foresees Pakistan faltering to adjust to the smaller boundary conditions. Hence match tips suggest, New Zealand will emerge victoriously in this clash.

New Zealand will win this game.

Team Preview:

The biggest distress for Pakistan would be the absenteeism of Captain Babar Azam, who has been ruled out of the T20I series due to a fractured thumb. But this opens up a chance for wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who could be important against the Kiwi’s bowling lineup. Speaking of the bowling roster, Pakistan’s pace trio of Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz, and Haris Rauf would be vital to their affluence on wickets that would suit them throughout this series.

 New Zealand has had a great run in cricket lately. They have some exciting young players to watch out for. They are undoubtedly hampered by the absence of a few senior players like Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Daryl Mitchell. They hope to begin this series on a high note by putting a good show in the first clash.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The pitch at Eden Park, Auckland, is known to witness high-scoring matches on the cards, as said by the betting tips. The ball will skid on nicely to the bat, and with the smaller dimensions of the venue, playing into the batter’s hands as well.

While the pace bowlers should get extra purchase off the surface, there isn’t much room for the bowlers’ fault. As per the match tips, both sides will ideally want to chase upon winning the toss. Thus in this batting-friendly pitch, today match prediction reckons toss will be critical.

Key Players to watch:

Young pace bowler Shaheen Afridi, all-rounder Shadab Khan and Mohammad Rizwan of the Pakistani squad will be essential players to watch out for in this game as per the betting tips.

While match tips suggest that Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham, and Glenn Phillips from the New Zealand roster will be vital players in this game.