Even before any ball was bowled, the series between New Zealand and Pakistan had a lot of drama. The men in green flew a team of 53 men to New Zealand because not only Pakistan but also their ‘A’ team would be in action. They were struck by a COVID-19 wave, which ultimately resulted in an off-the-field rift between the two boards. It is crucial to bring these matters aside and let cricket do the talking.
Pakistan will take on New Zealand on December 18th for the first of three T20Is. In Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq absence, Pakistan will play without three of their reputed batsmen, and Shadab Khan is also uncertain about this game. The pressure will be on the likes of veterans like Mohammad Hafeez, young people like Haider Ali will have an opportunity to cement their place on the side. The Kiwis have the perfect blend of youthful exuberance and astute experience.
With the temperature hovering around a pleasant 20 °C level, it will be a perfect day for cricket. The chances of rainfall are zero.
Eden Park’s pitch is a belter with a high-scoring game on the cards. The ball should skid on the bat beautifully, with the field dimensions also playing into the hands of the batsmen. Although the pacers can get an additional bounce off the surface, the bowlers don’t have much space for mistakes. Ideally, both teams would want to chase the toss upon winning. Considering the batsman-friendly nature of the ground, the teams would look to score a minimum of 170.
Mitchell Santner (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Blair Tickner, Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggelejin/Doug Bracewell
Shadab Khan (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf/Hussain Talat, Wahab Riaz/Haris Rauf
New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I Dream 11:
Martin Guptill (c), Glenn Phillips (wk), Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali, Mitchell Santner, Mohammad Hafeez, James Neesham, Imad Wasim, Doug Bracewell, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand is the side which has more advantages to win this match. Pakistan will definitely feel the absence in the series of their star batsman and captain, Babar Azam. Against this Pakistani team, the Kiwis look better. The top order looks decent and with its fierce batting attributes, can trouble the opponent. Pakistan will need to depend on Khushdil Shah and Haider Ali who are the backbone of this batting lineup. The bowling performance of both teams will be enjoyable to see. Let’s support your favourite cricket team at BAJI to enjoy the best cricket odds in the market!