Many predicted the first T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan to be a tightly contested one, given that a few big players were missing from both squads. It would, however, have been a one-sided affair had it not been for Shadab Khan’s brilliance. Reeling at one point at 39/5, Khan’s knock of 42 and some significant participation from Faheem Ashraf and Imad Wasim helped Pakistan put up a fair total of 153.
As both Devon Conway and Martin Guptill were dismissed very early in the chase, they started well with the ball. The half-century of Tim Seifert and some commendable supporting acts by Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips, however, helped seal the deal for the Kiwis. In the second T20I, Pakistan will be desperate to bounce back, but it will be tough as some big names in Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult will be back in the camp in New Zealand.
The weather is perfect for a cricket match. The temperature will be about 22°C, and there is just a 10% chance of precipitation.
With little support on offer for the bowlers, a high-scoring game beckons at Seddon Park. With extra bounce available for the pacers, the ball should come on reasonably well.
However, considering the dimensions of the pitch, the room for error is very minimal, which could play into the hands of the batsmen. With dew probably playing a part as well both teams will ideally want to chase the toss after winning.
180 is par at this venue, even though both teams can smash it easily.
Kane Williamson (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Scott Kuggelejin, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner
Shadab Khan (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I Dream 11:
Scott Kuggeleijn (c), Tim Seifert (wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Abdullah Shafiq, Shadab Khan, James Neesham, Imad Wasim, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand looks like a much stronger team now with their big guns back. Pakistan looks to be in deep trouble with a solid batting backed by toxic bowling. In this format of the game, you can never count Pakistan out. It will be an epic match to watch, but at the moment, New Zealand is far ahead. Let’s support your favourite cricket team by backing them at baji.live now!
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 taker) – 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