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New Zealand and Pakistan are going to face off against each other in a very important two-test bilateral series. The reason for this extra importance is that this series is the last chance that New Zealand has to try and reach the final of the inaugural World Test Championship Final and possibly challenge Australia.
Of course, Pakistan is not just going to lie down and allow New Zealand to walk over it. A win in the final T20 match gave the visitors their first win of the tour and the test team will want to continue the good work.
There is a lot on the line as these two teams line up against each other.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Match 2020 is going to be played at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui starting on the 26th of December 2020.
New Zealand has an excellent chance of getting to the final of the WTC if it wins its next two matches against Pakistan. Considering the current form of the New Zealand team and the relative frailty of the Pakistani batting, there is every possibility of that happening.
However, we do not think New Zealand would be so complacent as to try and take and this match for granted.
They have assembled their strongest test squad led by Kane Williamson. The bating is very strong with the likes of Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, and Tom Blundell likely to find a place in the playing eleven.
Will Young got a chance against the West Indies in the previous series but we think he may have to wait his turn this time around.
Mitchell Santner and Kyle Jamieson are certain to be the two all-rounders for this match. They both add a genuine batting ability to the lineup even though they are bowling all-rounders. Jamieson’s brilliant test record in his young career so far is going to mark him out as a bowler to watch out for.
Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner are going to be three pacemen. These are bowlers that have had tremendous success in recent times and will be raring to go at the Pakistani batsmen.
We cannot see a major weakness in the New Zealand lineup at the moment.
TWM Latham, Tom Blundell, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, TG Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Pakistan is going to be led by Mohammad Rizwan as Babar Azam and Shadab Khan have been ruled out of the first test match with injuries. Things may look a bit dire for Pakistan but that is when they are at their most dangerous.
The clear weakness in this Pakistani team is the batting. Shan Masood and Abid Ali are going to lead the batting and will have a big job to do to try and blunt the new ball. Azhar Ali should slot in at number three. Their success or failure could dictate the direction in which the rest of the test progresses.
The rest of the batting is a bit dodgy.
Mohammad Rizwan, Fawad Alam, and Haris Sohail are all likely to find a place in the eleven. We think Faheem Ashraf will be the seam-bowling all-rounder at 7 and the four bowlers are going to be Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, and Yasir Shah.
Theoretically, this is a bowling attack that should test every aspect of New Zealand’s batting. Naseem Shah brings raw pace, Shaheen Afridi has the left-arm angle and movement at pace, Mohammad Abbas will find any movement on offer, and Yasir Shah will test the batsmen with his wrist-spin.
This is a bowling attack is the reason that Pakistan can never be counted out of a test match in conditions where the bowlers could get a fair amount of help.
If the bating can hold for Pakistan, its bowling can certainly help it win.
Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah.
Winning the toss is a tricky thing in New Zealand. The pitch is going to have lots of grass on it and the conditions seem perfect for bowling but often the pitch becomes flat very quickly and perfect for batting. We think Pakistan will opt to field first if it wins the toss while New Zealand will want to bat first if it gets the chance to choose.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
There is going to be a lot of grass on the surface but the underlying nature of the pitch is a bit slow. Plenty of runs and some periods of quick wickets are in store for this match. We have grown accustomed to seeing New Zealand’s pitches flatter to deceive and eventually be very flat and in favor of the batsmen.
There is no reason to think why that will not be the case this time around as well.
It is difficult to look past New Zealand in this match at the moment. The home side has a well-settled batting lineup, a world-class bowling attack, and has the home advantage on its side as well.
Pakistan has a very dangerous bowling unit but its batting is vulnerable, and it is missing Babar Azam.
Bet on New Zealand to win.
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Our other favorite bet of the day is a risky one. Pakistan has a weaker batting lineup and its openers are definitely susceptible. However, there are so many things that could change like winning the toss and bowling first on a green wicket.
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