About the Match
New Zealand bounced back to draw level in the recent test series against Pakistan and with renewed confidence, now prepare to take on the hosts in the 2-match T20 series followed by the 5-match ODI series. The two teams go up against each other for the 1st T20 match to be held on 4th Dec at Dubai; it will be interesting to see the youngsters from both sides exhibiting their potential on the international platform and we are definitely going to witness a well-fought contest on Thursday.
Kane Williamson will lead the team in the absence of McCullum, who’s being rested along with fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult, and this will be a good opportunity for the youngster to shine with his leadership skills. Anton Devcich, who is a proven all-rounder, will be a strong pillar in the batting line-up that has players like Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Martin Guptill and James Neesham, who have been doing well recently. On the bowling squad, Daniel Vettori brings immense experience and his spin magic is surely an added advantage against the Pakistani batsmen; youngsters like Adam Milne, Tom Latham, Matt Henry and Corey Anderson along with Williamson’s all-rounder capabilities will bring a lot of variety to the attack. The team has a good balance of batsmen and bowlers and with many options in hand, they can be ruthless against Pakistan provided they come up with the right strategy here.
The team has many talented players like Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Saad Nasim who have been in good nick with the bat; Shahid Afridi captains the side and brings his all-rounder capabilities to the table along with youngsters Haris Sohail, Awais Zia, Anwar Ali and Raza Hasan, who have good experience playing in this format of the game. Bowlers Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz make a comeback into the squad after recovering from injuries to lead the pace attack while seniors like Sohail Tanvir, Hafeez and Afridi will definitely guide the players to come up with a good strategy against the Kiwis. They have good resources, who can be potential match-winners and can come up with strong performances even in crucial situations, as witnessed time and again in recent past. The players must gel as a team and stay focused on achieving the results without crumbling under pressure; the team is well-balanced with in-form batsmen and bowlers who bring in a lot of variety with their individual skills and can overcome their weaknesses with great determination. Overall, the team is on a high after a series of victories that will give them the competitive edge to do well here right from the beginning.
While Pakistan looks good to perform up to the expectations, the Kiwis after drawing level in the tests seem to have regained confidence to come out all guns blazing. Both teams have experience and talent on their side; though the match will be well-contested and the result will surely go down to the wire, we feel Pakistan will emerge victorious in the end.
Pakistan, 1.61 @ TitanBet