Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team. Image Source: Twitter

Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction- 1st ODI. New Zealand and Pakistan are all set to square up against each other in three ODIs and five T20 internationals. The limited over’s leg will begin with three ODIs, the first of which will be played on Friday at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

It is important to know that the upcoming three-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand won’t be part of the ICC World Cup Super League due to the non-availability of DRS technology.

Mohammad Rizwan
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Pakistan would be delighted with the fact that they will be playing against New Zealand at their home. They have also announced their 12-member squad for the first ODI. Babar Azam will lead the unit, while M Rizwan will don the wicket-keeping gloves.

Both are two of the most consistent run-scorers for the side and once again the onus will be on them for scoring the bulk of the runs. Besides, the batting line-up consists of the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq and Iftikhar Ahmed.

The fast bowling department has prominent names such as Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf. Shabad Khan will handle the spin bowling duties and one out of Usman Qadir or Zaid Mehmood is likely to play on Friday.

Pakistan last played one-day international series against England in the month of July. They suffered a 3-0 whitewash against a second-string England side. The upcoming series against New Zealand is going to be played in home conditions and Pakistan would want to make full use of that.

New Zealand Cricket Team
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New Zealand, on the other hand, are coming into the series on the back of a 2-3 series defeat against Bangladesh. New Zealand will continue to miss out on big names such as Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult and Tim Southee to name a few.

Tom Latham would lead a second-string team. The onus of scoring runs will majorly be on the shoulders of Fin Allen, Latham and Henry Nicholls. Ajaz Patel, who was the leading wicket-taker in the T20 series against Bangladesh, is likely to make his ODI debut.

He is likely to share spin bowling duties with Ravindra and McConchie. The inclusion of Matt Henry would strengthen the fast bowling unit, which consists of Scott Kuggelejin, Hamish Bennett etc.

New Zealand’s squad looks good overall and one could expect a great game of cricket on Friday.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction- 1st ODI

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