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New Zealand has been quietly having a great run in international cricket off late. It is fighting for the top spot in test cricket, lost the ODI World Cup by the barest of margins, and is shaping up pretty nicely for the T20 World Cup as well.
This series against Pakistan is going to be very important as it tests out some of its younger and less-established players against a strong Pakistan T20 team. The loss of Babar Azam because of injury is a huge blow to Pakistan’s hopes. They will really need to dig deep without him to lead their batting.
Like New Zealand, though, they also have some very exciting youngsters to look out for and one of the best young fast-bowling combination in the world.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 2020 is going to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on the 18th of December 2020.
We were a bit worried about New Zealand’s bench strength when it took on the West Indies but their youngsters performed so well that they have been given another run in this series.
We are talking about players like Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips in the batting order who had a massive impact against the West Indies. Batting against the Pakistani bowling is a whole different, challenge, though, and that is something to be remembered.
Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert are going to open the batting for New Zealand followed by Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. Ross Taylor has been dropped for this series and so that spot is open.
Mark Chapman seems to be the most likely candidate for that position right now.
James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, and Jacob Duffy seem to be the all-rounders/bowling attack that New Zealand will go with in the first T20.
A lot of big names have been rested and New Zealand is clearly not worrying about losing this match. There is plenty of talent in this lineup but the inexperience could be apparent against a skilled bowling attack like Pakistan’s.
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, GD Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Mark Chapman, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner.
The one man that is most important to Pakistan’s fortunes right now is Babar Azam. Class batsmen have been curiously rare in Pakistan cricket over the last decade or so and Babar Azam is the best of the best.
Now that he is not available, someone else needs to step up.
Pakistan is going to have to answer some difficult questions. The first is regarding the opening combination. Fakhar Zaman has been dropped and Babar Azam is absent. That means two new batsmen are going to open the inning for Pakistan.
We think Abdullah Shafique could be one of the batsmen to get the nod and may be paired with Haider Ali. Of course, Mohammad Hafeez is also in the squad and he is in great form but we don’t think Pakistan would want to tamper with his position just yet.
Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Rizwan are the other batsmen that Pakistan will be counting on. They will be followed by the two all-rounders, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim, after which the four bowlers will take their place.
Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Wahab Riaz would be the three fast-bowlers bowlers that we think start, however, there is no poor choice here. Mohammad Hasnain or Muhammad Musa would easily get a game for most international teams around the world.
It will be interesting to see if Usman Qadir actually gets a game now that Shadab is back and leading the side.
Faheem Ashraf may be the person chosen instead of Qadir for this superior batting skills.
Pakistan is struggling to put together a decent batting lineup but has an excess of bowling options at the moment.
Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Khushdil Shah, SI Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to chase at Eden Park. It is a very high-scoring ground where defending can be quite difficult because of sharp the angles of the ground. Interestingly, winning the toss has not proven to be too much of an advantage in the past at this venue.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
The conditions are going to be heavily in favor of the batsmen. The pitch is going to be flat and has some decent bounce while the boundaries are comically small. One of the risks can be going too hard too early but in general, we get to see some very high-scoring matches here.
Nothing less than 185-190 is going to be acceptable to the team batting first.
We are going to stick with the home team in this encounter even though they are without three to four of their first-choice players. The depth in the New Zealand squad is quite remarkable and they are also going to have the advantage of playing in home conditions. The Pakistani bowling lineup is very dangerous and always keeps them in the game but the loss of Babar Azam from a side that has struggled with its batting is a big blow.
Bet on New Zealand to win.
New Zealand has a number of batsmen in its lineup that can clear the boundaries with ease. That is not the case with Pakistan and so we are surprised that we are getting such good odds for this bet. Mohammad Hafeez and Haider Ali are the two Pakistani batsmen that could potentially be hurdles to you winning but we think that is a risk worth taking.
This is the kind of bet that we usually recommend since we try to stick to the kind of bets that are no dependent on individual performances. These odds, though, are too tempting to pass upon.
Mohammad Hafeez has been Pakistan’s best batsman in the shortest format after Babar Azam for quite some time now. A small bet could return a big amount.
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