New Zealand and Pakistan will clash against each other in the 1st match of the three games T20I series at Eden Park, Auckland. We will cover NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips.
NZ vs PAK Dream11 Match Preview
Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand will kick start with the three matches T20I series starting from the 18th December. Pakistan has been in trouble since their arrival in New Zealand with their massive squad of 54 members with 6 out of them have been tested positive for the virus hours after their arrival.
However, the series is set to start on schedule, and we hope that the tour goes on without any drama. Pakistan will miss their established and star batsman Babar Azam as he injured his thumb while training and is set to miss the entire series. Fakhar Zaman will also not be the part of the series as he did not board the flight due to covid symptoms. In the absence of their regular skipper, Shadab Khan will most probably lead the side but as he is also suffering from a groin injury a final call on him will be taken on match day. If he does not play, Hafeez will most probably lead the side.
On the other hand, The hosts are coming into the series after their dominating performance against the Windies in T20Is and Tests. However, they have rested Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Daryl Mitchell for the first T20I. Their key pacer Lockie Ferguson will also miss the series due to his spine injury. Ross Taylor is also dropped from the T20I squad after his performance against the West Indies.
Mitchell Santner will lead the side in the absence of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. In the absence of their key pacers, Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy have been added in the squad. Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi will be the key spinners for the team. Hence, both the teams are without their full strength, but it is an excellent opportunity for the new players to show their talent to the selectors.
NZ VS PAK, 1st T20I Match, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
Eden Park, Auckland.
11:30 AM, 18th December 2020
Average 1st innings score: 180
Average 2nd innings score: 170
The first T20I against the Windies which was played on the same ground saw a run-fest with both the teams scoring 180 runs in 16 overs (match shortened due to rain). The same is expected in this game as well.
Eden Park is generally a batting paradise with smaller boundaries both the sides. There is generally nothing for the bowlers in this pitch but can prove useful if they bowl on right lines and lengths to the batsmen. The team batting first has won 11 out of 22 games played on the ground.
NZ vs PAK Dream11 Team News
- They have rested Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Daryl Mitchell for the first T20I.
- Their key pacer Lockie Ferguson will also miss the series due to his spine injury.
- Mitchell Santner will lead the side in the absence of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee.
- They will miss their established and star batsman Babar Azam.
- In the absence of their regular skipper Shadab Khan will most probably lead the side but as he is also suffering from a groin injury a final call on him will be taken on match day.
Probable Playing XI
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner (C), Scott Kuggelejin, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner/Jacob Duffy.
Bench: Todd Astle, Jacob Duffy/Blair Tickner.
Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf/Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Bench: Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed/Faheem Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hasnain.
Top picks for NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction.
(91 M, 2575 R, 32 A)
He is one of the best white-ball openers in the world. He had a decent series against the West Indies and scored 5 and 34 runs in the first 2 T20Is respectively.
(27 M, 492 R, 22 A)
He is a Wicket-keeper batsman who bat right-handed. Seifert played 27 T20I matches and scored 492 runs.
(14 M, 269 R, 24 A)
Philips is one of the best players in this format. He will bat in the middle order for his team. He was in the best form in the T20I series against the West Indies recently in which he also scored a 51 ball century and the same is expected from him in this series as well.
(21 M, 233 R, 21 A + 40 O, 14 W)
He is their key all-rounder who will bowl 2-3 overs in the middle overs and will also be their important finisher with the bat. He also looked in good form against the West Indies in the recently concluded T20I series.
(47 M, 313 R, 15 A + 154 O, 54 W)
Santner will lead the side. He is a good all-rounder who will bowl in the powerplay and also do the finishing duties with the bat for his team. He played a solid knock of 31 runs in the first T20I against the West Indies which helped his team to cross the line.
(3 M, 106 R, 106 A)
Conway is new to international cricket but was rock solid in the T20I series against the West Indies scoring 106 runs in the first two games and is player to watch out for in this game.
(18 M, 47 O, 20 W)
He is Right-arm fast-medium bowler, Bracewell played 18 T20I matches and took 20 wickets.
(96 M, 2183 R, 26 A + 187 O, 54 W)
Hafeez is the most experienced player in the camp. He will bat at No three and can also bowl few overs with the ball. He looked in right touch against Zimbabwe in the recently concluded T20I series and in the absence of Babar Azam he is going to be their crucial batter in this series.
(43 M, 137 R, 13 A + 154 O, 53 W)
Shadab Khan will also lead the side in the absence of Babar Azam. He will bowl his four overs in the middle overs and can also be handy with the bat in the lower order and is another top pick for the game.
(4 M, 154 R, 51 A)
Haider Ali is a youngster on the rise from Pakistan. He will open the innings for his team and is in perfect touch lately and is another player to watch out for in this series. He has scored 154 runs out of the four matches he has played.
(47 M, 273 R, 13 A + 167 O, 47 W)
He is a left-arm orthodox spinner who will bowl in the powerplay and will also do the finishing duties for his team with the bat.
(15 M, 55 O, 18 W)
He is another key bowler for the team who will bowl in the powerplay and the death. He has picked 18 wickets out of 15 matches he has played.
(34 M, 113 O, 34 W)
He will lead the pace attack for his team and will bowl in the powerplay and death. He is one of the most experienced bowlers in this format and is another top pick for the game.
(8 M, 31 O, 11 W)
He is a right-arm fast bowler. Haris Rauf took 11 wickets in 8 T20I matches.
NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction
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Captain and Vice-Captain:
- Martin Guptill
- Tim Seifert
- Glenn Phillips
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Shaheen Afridi
- Mitchell Santner
We will update the final Fantasy Team on Telegram Channel.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.