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PAK vs NZ Match Prediction- Who Will Win Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI? New Zealand and Pakistan are all set to locks horns in three one-day internationals and five T20Is, starting Friday. For those of you who don’t know, the Blackcaps will be touring Pakistan for a white-ball series in Pakistan after a gap of 18 years. The first one-day international between the two teams will be played on Friday at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

New Zealand
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New Zealand recently played a T20 series against Bangladesh. In the absence of senior players such as Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee etc, a second-string team took on Bangladesh in their home conditions and went on to lose the series by a 2-3 margin.

The aforementioned names will be absent in the upcoming ODI series as well. Tom Latham will continue leading the team. He was the top-run getter in the T20 series against Bangladesh and would look to continue his good form with the bat. The batting unit further consists of Henry Nicholls, Finn Allen and Colin de Grandhomme etc.

Ajaz Patel was brilliant against Bangladesh and he is likely to make his ODI debut on Friday. He will share spin bowling duties with Ravindra and McConchie. Matt Henry has been included in the ODI series. He will strengthen the fast bowling unit, which also consists of Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Bennett etc.

Matt Henry
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Pakistan, on the other hand, would be delighted to play against New Zealand in their home conditions. They suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England in their last ODI series and would be keen to make a strong comeback.

The Men in Green have announced their 12-man squad for the first ODI. Babar Azam will lead the unit, while Shadab Khan will be his deputy. The batting unit will have the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed and M Rizwan. Their strength, however, lies in the fast bowling department, which consists of Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf.

Pakistan’s 12-man squad for first match against New Zealand: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakil, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood

PAK vs NZ Match Prediction- Who Will Win Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI? 

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Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head in ODIs

Stats Matches Pakistan Won New Zealand Won NR
Overall 107 55 48 0
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 0
In the last five matches 5 2 2 1

Venue records (Records at Rawalpindi National Cricket Team)

STATS – ODIs

STATS – ODI

Total matches 24
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 236
Average 2nd Inns scores 204
Highest total recorded 329/6 (50 Ov) by PAK vs IND
Lowest total recorded 104/10 (33 Ov) by ZIM vs SL
Highest score chased 278/7 (47.1 Ov) by PAK vs NZ
Lowest score defended 206/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Toss Prediction for Match 1:

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

Predicted Scores for Match 1:

Team 1st Batting 2nd Batting
Pakistan 250-270 240-250
New Zealand 240-250 220-230

(Teams’ forms) – Oldest to Latest

Pakistan: LWLLL

New Zealand: N/R, N/R, W,W, W

(Players’ form):

Pakistan  

  • Batting

Following are scores of Pakistan batsmen in the last ODI series:

Players Matches Runs Average
Babar Azam 3 177 59.00
M Rizwan 3 92 30.67
F Zaman 3 63 21.00
Imam Ul Haq 3 57 19.00
Shadab Khan 3 51 17.00

Who will score the most runs for Pakistan in the match: Babar Azam

Bowling

Following are wickets taken by Pakistan bowlers in the last ODI series:

Players Matches Wickets Average
Shaheen Shah Afridi 3 2 68.50
Hasan Ali 3 6 25.50
Haris Rauf 3 6 24.50
Shabad Khan 3 3 43.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Pakistan in the match: Shaheen Afridi or Hasan Ali

New Zealand:

Following are scores of New Zealand batsmen scored in the last T20 series against Bangladesh:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Average
Tom Latham 5 159 53
Henry Nicholls 5 81 20.25
Colin de Grandhomme 5 18 3.60
Tom Blundell 4 42 14.00
Finn Allen 3 68 22.67

Who will score the most runs for New Zealand in the match: Tom Latham or Finn Allen 

  • Bowling

Following are the wickets taken by New Zealand bowlers in the last T20 series against Bangladesh:

Players Matches Wickets Average
Ajaz Patel 5 10 7.3o
Cole McConchie 5 7 16.71
Rachin Ravindra 5 6 13.83
Scott Kugglejin 2 3 12.33
Colin de Grandhomme 5 1 16.00

Who will pick the most wickets for New Zealand in the match: Ajaz Patel or Matt Henry