New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd T20I Match Preview, Pitch, and Weather Report Along with Match PredictionNew Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd T20I Match Preview, Pitch, and Weather Report Along with Match Prediction
New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd T20I Match Preview, Pitch, and Weather Report Along with Match Prediction

The T20 upcoming New Zealand vs Pakistan cricket holds a new zeal for cricket fans. And so we are here with the articles which would cover the Match Prediction, Line-ups, and Reports related to the Tournament. The T20I match of New Zealand vs Pakistan will start at 11:30 am on 18th Dec 2020 in Auckland.

T20I Important Dates and Venue:

  • 18 Dec ||  1st T20I || Eden Park, Auckland
  • 20 Dec || 2nd T20I || Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • 22 Dec || 3rd T20I  || McLean Park, Napier

New Zealand vs Pakistan Cricket Match Preview 

On Sunday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed the 18-player men’s national squad for the three T20Is against New Zealand. According to the media, the squad was sealed by Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam in consultation with Pakistan Shaheen’s coach Ijaz Ahmed.

The Pakistan and Pakistan Shaheen’s squads will depart for Queenstown on 8th Dec after a 14-day COVID isolation period in Christchurch. For New Zealand vs Pakistan cricket format T20Is, Pakistan has included  Hussain Talat and Sarfaraz Ahmed in their team after defeating Zimbabwe 3-0 in November.

Team Pakistan has shown its incredible innings in the T20I format. The openers do not fire each ball but are consistent and equally capable of bringing a match to a win-win situation. On the other hand, New Zealand gives a tough fight to Pakistan with their exceptionally well fielding effort which helps the team to save some crucial top-class runs and provide much-needed breakthroughs.

New Zealand – Team XI

Tim Southee (captain), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert (wicket-keeper), Ross Taylor (Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn and Mark Chapman included for game three in place of Jamieson, Southee, and Taylor).

Pakistan – Team XI

Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, and Wahab Riaz.

Auckland Pitch Report

Batsmen’s paradise, Auckland is recorded for the highest run chase in the history of T20I format at Eden Park over the last 2 years. However, With the time shift of 7 p.m. local time, the batsmen can easily expect runs touching 200 in the first test.

Auckland Weather Report

The weather will be cloudy and fairly cold in Auckland on Friday for the first T20 between New Zealand and Pakistan. The maximum temperature to reach for the day is expected to be around 23 degrees although, by the time the match gets advancing, the temperature will move to approximately 20 degrees. A cloud cover of around 65 percent is expected through the day The wind speed on the day should average around 22kmph with gusts of up to 35kmph expected.

Nz vs Pak Fantasy Cricket Prediction

New Zealand, in maximum circumstances, puts up a strong fight against Pakistan and comes very close to breaking Pakistan’s winning run in T20 internationals. However, a middle-order batting somehow decreases their chances of gaining an early lead in the series. Both the teams find themselves under considerable pressure and New Zealand even more, sessing the previous records of win. Pakistan has registered more wins against New Zealand than any other team, with 24. 

They will have to win the remaining two fixtures if they are to win the series. The team in the New Zealand vs Pakistan match needs to raise their game on the batting front in order to score runs more freely against the Pakistani spinners, or else, they will be staring at another loss. Pakistan’s gameplay is quite balanced and nicely in form and so we expect them to add another T20I series win to their tally come Friday.