New Zealand vs. Pakistan 2020-21
2nd T20I – Sun, 20th December
NZ vs. Pak Match Prediction:
New Zealand will play against Pakistan in the second T20I on Sunday 20th December at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. This is the second match of the three-match T20I series, with New Zealand taking on the lead with the first win at Auckland on Friday.
New Zealand has continued their winning streak this summer despite missing out on their star players like Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee. Bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner led the team to a wonderful win with wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert and pace bowler Jacob Duffy starring with the bat and ball, respectively.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be grieving over their loss. They kept clawing all through, building pressure, picking wickets regularly, and Shadab Khan’s captaincy was impressive indeed. But all of it fell short against the Black Caps.
Pakistan had their odds to get back into the race in several instances. However, their rustiness was noticeable in the ground, and New Zealand was merely a class apart from their rivals.
Owing to the impressive form and recent form guide, today match prediction foresees New Zealand will seal the series with another competitive win in this upcoming game. Pakistan will pose a tough fight but will fall short of effort.
New Zealand will win this game.
Babar Azam’s exclusion from the squad is no doubt hurting the Pakistani camp. They will be grieving over the loss of their players and the disheartening defeat in the first game. They got multiple chances to return to the game, but they couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities. Today match prediction says captain Shadab Khan will be in a dilemma of squad selection if they want to make a stronger comeback in the second T20I.
On the contrary, New Zealand will not want to alter this winning combination as per the match tips. Their squad has done well even after the absence of several senior players, which should help them gain more confidence. Betting tips say this poised roster will certainly pose a threat to the young Pakistani squad.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
The wicket at Seddon Park Hamilton is generally known to offer high scoring games. It is a treat for the batsmen in here as the ball comes on the bat nicely. And betting tips claim that under the lights, it will get even better. The healthy green tinge with the bowlers’ help to extract good pace, but the bowlers will still rely on their variations and tricks.
The batsmen could be wary of the spin in the middle overs, but it shouldn’t be of much trouble to them. Both skippers will choose to bowl first and chase under the lights for easier conditions as per the match tips. Thus today match prediction foresees that toss will be critical.
Key Players to watch:
Young pace bowling duo of Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi, Captain Shadab Khand, and veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez of the Pakistani team will be vital players to watch out for in this game as per the betting tips.
While match tips suggest that Tim Seifert, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Jimmy Neesham, and Glenn Phillips from the New Zealand squad will be vital players in this game.