New Zealand, Pakistan, and New Zealand are going to play a tri-series of six T20 matches right before the start of the World Cup. This series is very important for almost all teams to get the best players for the World Cup. The conditions in New Zealand are almost the same as in Australia and this is a big opportunity for these teams to get some awareness of the conditions. We think almost all teams will play with full strength in this series and almost all matches of this series will be very interesting.
New Zealand is going to play its first match of this tri-series. We think that they will play with the same team they had selected for the World Cup. This is an opportunity for the home side to play some matches in conditions that are very similar to Australia. New Zealand will put its full strength into this match to have some winning momentum right before the World Cup.
Pakistan had a winning start to this series as they won the first match of this tri-series against Bangladesh. Pakistan had won its match but the problems were in their place. They are still struggling with the middle batting order. This will be a big test for the batters and bowlers of Pakistan.
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Daryl Mitchell has been ruled out from this series and we don’t think that he will join the team for the World Cup. This can be a big blow for New Zealand. We think that Finn Allen and Martin Guptill will open the batting inning for New Zealand in the absence of Daryl Mitchell. Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Glenn Phillips will be handling the top and middle batting orders. This is a much stronger batting order which can score big runs against any strong bowling unit in the World.
New Zealand has some best batters in the squad and they can also change the batting order. Jimmy Neesham and Mitchell Santner are other batters who can bat well in the middle overs. The bowling unit of New Zealand is also strong and experienced and they can be dangerous in home conditions. Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee are the key bowlers of New Zealand while Ish Sodhi is also available in the squad of New Zealand.
Pakistan won the first match of this series but there are a lot of questions that should be answered by the management. The middle batting order of Pakistan had been struggling since some previous series. Mohammad Rizwan was the only batter from Pakistan’s side who was just good with the bat. Babar Azam once again failed to put some big runs on the board. We saw some good shorts from Shan Masood but he failed to convert a good start into a big total. Iftikhar Ahmed, Haidar Ali, and Asif Ali once again failed to score some big runs.
Pakistan scored 167 runs in 20 overs while batting first. Mohammad Rizwan was the highest run-scorer with 78 runs to his name on 50 balls with the help of seven boundaries and two huge sixes. Shan Masood scored 31 runs while Babar Azam could manage to score 22 runs. The bowling unit of Pakistan was good in the first match of this series. They defended the target of 168 runs and leaked 146 runs in 20 overs. Mohammad Wasim Jr proved the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side picking three wickets in four overs against 24 runs. Mohammad Nawaz picked two wickets while Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf, and Shadab Khan picked one wicket each. Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi were not part of the final playing eleven of the previous match but we think that at least one bowler from these two will play this match.
Favourite Team in Today’s Match Prediction
According to our match prediction, New Zealand is the favourite team to win this match. The reasons why New Zealand is a favourite team in this match, are mentioned below:
The batting order of both teams is very strong and experienced.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are in good form for Pakistan.
The middle batting order of Pakistan is not doing well.
New Zealand had much more power in batting and bowling than Pakistan.
Pakistan also has a strong bowling department.
Winning Chances of Today Match for the Both Teams
Pakistan is overall a strong team and they have a lot of experience when it comes to the T20 format of cricket, so the winning chances of today’s match for Pakistan have been increased. The equation of winning the chances of both teams for today’s match is mentioned as under.
New Zealand has a 54% chance to win this match.
Pakistan has a 46% chance to win this match.