New Zealand v Pakistan Preview and Prediction
New Zealand Vs Pakistan
January 13, 2024, 11:40 IST
Seddon Park, Hamilton
New Zealand to win
New Zealand v Pakistan Match Prediction: Pakistan looks to bounce back against confident New Zealand in second T20I
Pakistan suffered a disappointing 46-run defeat in the first T20I against New Zealand, with poor fielding and inconsistent bowling playing a major role. Now, they face another stern test against the strong Black Caps at Seddon Park, Hamilton, in a match that already feels like a decider.
New Zealand, fresh off their opening victory, will be feeling confident on their home turf. For Pakistan, it’s a chance to redeem themselves and level the series. A loss tomorrow would hand the series to New Zealand, making this a crucial encounter.
Hamilton is a happy hunting ground for the Kiwis, historically favoring their style of play. This adds to the challenge for Pakistan. However, the team boasts a potent T20I lineup, and if they can execute their plans with more discipline in both batting and fielding, they have the potential to challenge the home side.
Pakistan’s batting order is packed with explosive talent, with each player capable of winning matches single-handedly. However, consistency has been an issue, particularly in the lower order where Shaheen Shah Afridi comes in at number 6. Finding stability in the middle and late overs will be crucial for Pakistan’s success.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is enjoying a good run of form with most of their batters in fine fettle. Tim Southee’s experience proved invaluable in the first match, and the bowling attack as a whole looks potent. With all bases seemingly covered, New Zealand enters the match as the slight favorites.
New Zealand v Pakistan Prediction Stats and Trend
- Won 3 of their last 5 T20Is against Pakistan
- Key batters: Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman
- Bowling lynchpins: Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee
- Have a perfect record (3 wins) against Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton
- Capable of scoring 185+ batting first
- Never won a T20I series against New Zealand at home
- Crucial figures in batting: Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmad
- Need big contributions from Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf with the ball
- Have lost 4 of their last 5 T20Is
- Can reach 165 batting first
New Zealand v Pakistan winning team prediction
New Zealand hold the edge with their home advantage and recent form. Their potent bowling attack and experienced batting lineup make them slight favorites. However, Pakistan’s explosive batting firepower shouldn’t be underestimated. Expect a close encounter, with the winner likely decided by fine margins.
New Zealand v Pakistan Playing XI
Tim Southee, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Ben Sears
Shaheen Afridi (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Azam Khan, Aamer Jamal, Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf, Saim Ayub