New Zealand vs Pakistan 2020: 1st Test, Pakistan Predicted XI
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After the shortest format of international cricket, New Zealand is going to face Pakistan in the Test match series now. New Zealand came up with intense confidence of 2-1 victory in the T20 series, where Pakistan seems to be a little bit in trouble in their batting department. Unavailability of their star players and Injuries will be the main threat for the Pakistan squad once again. Meanwhile, Blackcaps have retained their strong squad.

 New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Match Details:

The 1st match of Two Test match series will be played between New Zealand and Pakistan at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui from 26th to 30th  December 2020, Saturday to Wednesday.

The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 AM IST.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Match Preview:

New Zealand came as victorious over Pakistan in the T20 series, with a collective effort with both bat and ball. Star player in the tournament, Tim Seifert will miss the test series due to his personal reasons, where all eyes will be on the performance of captain Kane Williamson, who has scored 58 runs from his 2 T20 matches.

Tim Southee was also exceptional in the tournament and had grabbed 6 wickets from 3 matches. Visitors also look confident in the performance of their bowling unites where Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi had taken 10 wickets collectively from the T20 series. All their hopes in the batting will be put on the shoulders of Test captain, Mohammad Rizwan.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Weather Report:

The temperature is expected to hover around 21°C, with 70% humidity and 16-31 Km/hr wind speed. There are 10% chances of precipitation during the match.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Pitch Report:

The Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui is expected to be a good deck for the batters. The recent test match held here has witnessed scores of 350+ by both teams in their first innings. Still, pacers can enjoy good swing from the new ball.

Average 1st innings score:

350 runs

Record of chasing teams:

100% of match played on this venue has been won by the team batting second. (No. of matches played at this venue= 1)

New Zealand vs Pakistan Injury Update and Availability News:

Shadab Khan will miss the first test series with an elbow injury.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Probable XIs:

New Zealand: Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult

Bench: Daryl Mitchell, Will Young

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (c) (wk), Sarfraz Ahamed, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah

Bench: Fawad Alam, Imran Butt, Sohail Khan

NZ vs PAK 1st Test Top Picks to consider in your Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:

Kane Williamson, who has scored 6727 runs from his 87 test matches, will be the topmost pick in this match.

Tim Southee, who was in a red hot form during the T20I series with 6 wickets, can be destructive in the entire series. He can also contribute with the bat.

Henry Nicholls, who has 35 test matches experience and scores with an average of 42 can be punt pick in the team.

Mohammad Rizwan will the batting strength in the Pakistan squad, and was in pretty great form despite his team’s poor performance in the T20I series.

Haris Rauf is one of the lethal bowlers from Pakistan squad, who had performed decently well in T20I series by grabbing a total of 5 wickets.

Tom Latham is one of the test specialist batsmen from the blackcaps and already has 3897 runs in his test career so far.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Captain and Vice-Captain choices:

Captain – Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor

Vice-Captain – Tim Southee, Muhammad Rizwan

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for NZ vs PAK 1st Test Dream11 Prediction And Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Keeper: Tom Blundell, Muhammad Rizwan (vc)

Batsmen: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Haris Sohail

All-Rounders: Mitchell Santner

Bowlers: Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test, Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for NZ vs PAK 1st Test Dream11 Prediction And Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Keeper – Muhammad Rizwan

Batsmen – Kane Williamson (vc), Ross Taylor (c), Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Harris Sohail, Shan Masood

All-Rounders –  Faheem Ashraf

Bowlers – Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Abbas

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test, Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Expert Advice:

Recent matches on this ground had shown great support to the batsmen in building up a big total. It will be a straight contest between New Zealand’s batmen and Pakistan’s bowlers. So, try to include all top-order batsmen from each team and the lethal pacers from the chasing side.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Match Prediction:

With the strong batting lineup and quality bowling unites, New Zealand have an upper hand over Pakistan in this match.

Vicky Singh

Ex-National level Cricketer, Cricket Analyst & Fantasy Sports Expert.