NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction 1st T20I, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Predicted Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates

Interestingly, Pakistan are dominating the head-to-head record and it's going to be interesting to watch which side comes out on top in this thrilling encounter.

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Preview

New Zealand will clash against Pakistan NZ vs PAK  in the first match of a five-game T20I series at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, January 12. The last time these two teams faced off was in a five-match T20I series held in Pakistan in April 2023. One game in the series ended in a tie, 2-2.

While leggie Usama Mir, bowler Abbas Afridi, and keeper-batter Haseebullah Khan secured their first-ever calls-up to the T20I squad, Shaheen Shah Afridi will captain the Pakistan team for the first time in T20Is. In light of the conditions in New Zealand, the selection committee, headed by Wahab Riaz, has opted for six-pace bowling options.

Ihsanullah, Shadab Khan, and Naseem Shah have all been ruled out of this tour because of injuries. Three players who were involved in Pakistan’s previous bilateral series have been cut from the New Zealand T20I lineup: Faheem Ashraf, Shan Masood, and Muhammad Harris.

Matt Henry, a New Zealander who was injured and missed the 2023 World Cup, will be back for the T20I series. The series will feature Devon Conway and Captain Kane Williamson, who were rested for the Bangladesh series. To address his knee problem, which has been bothering him for a while, Williamson will miss the third Twenty20 International.

Due to injuries, Michael Bracewell and Kyle Jamieson will not be playing, although pacer Ben Sears has been available for the first two games. Notably absent from the selection process were James Neesham and Trent Boult. 34 Twenty20 International matches have been played between these two teams; Pakistan has won 20 of these while New Zealand has won 13. One meeting ended with no resolution.

NZ vs PAK

Match Information

1st T20I, Auckland, January 12, 2024, 11:40 AM

New Zealand
226/8(20.0ov)
Pakistan
180/10(18.0ov)

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 46 runs

Weather Report

stadiumEden Park Outer Oval, Auckland

Clouds Clouds 26.1°C
humidity 58% (Humidity)

Pitch Report

The wicket at this venue is expected to assist batters with the highest T20I total achieved being 245/5 in T20Is. Pacers are anticipated to get a lateral movement initially, while spinners can shun the run-scoring rate. The average first innings score in the last five games has been 154.
60% Pace Bowling
40% Spin Bowling
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60% Batting Pitch
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154 Average Score
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40% Bowling Pitch

Team Form (Last 5 matches)

L
NZvsAUS
AUS Won By 27 runs (D/L method)
L
NZvsAUS
AUS Won By 72 runs
L
NZvsAUS
AUS Won By 6 wickets
L
NZvsPAK
PAK Won By 42 runs
W
NZvsPAK
NZ Won By 7 wickets
W
PAKvsNZ
PAK Won By 42 runs
L
PAKvsNZ
NZ Won By 7 wickets
L
PAKvsNZ
NZ Won By 45 runs
L
PAKvsNZ
NZ Won By 21 runs
L
PAKvsNZ
NZ Won By 46 runs

Players Stats in Series

275 Runs

5 Matches

213 Runs

5 Matches

184 Runs

5 Matches

158 Runs

4 Matches

147 Runs

5 Matches

126 Runs

5 Matches

10 Wkts

5 Matches

9 Wkts

5 Matches

7 Wkts

4 Matches

7 Wkts

3 Matches

6 Wkts

4 Matches

5 Wkts

3 Matches

3 Fifties

5 Matches

2 Fifties

4 Matches

1 Fifty

2 Matches

1 Fifty

5 Matches

1 Fifty

5 Matches

1 Fifty

5 Matches

137 Runs

62 Balls Faced

90* Runs

63 Balls Faced

74 Runs

41 Balls Faced

72* Runs

44 Balls Faced

70* Runs

52 Balls Faced

66 Runs

43 Balls Faced

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson(c), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway†, Finn Allen, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Sears.

Pakistan:

Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Saim Ayub, Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamer Jamal, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan†, Usama Mir, Shaheen Afridi(c), Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf.

Fantasy Sports Team

WICKET KEEPER
D Conway

NZ - 9 Cr

M Rizwan

PAK - 9 Cr

BATSMEN
VC
K Williamson

NZ - 9 Cr

B Azam

PAK - 9 Cr

C
D Mitchell

NZ - 8.5 Cr

ALL ROUNDERS
M Santner

NZ - 9 Cr

I Ahmed

PAK - 8 Cr

BOWLERS
T Southee

NZ - 8.5 Cr

M Henry

NZ - 7.5 Cr

S Afridi

PAK - 9 Cr

H Rauf

PAK - 8 Cr

Player Picks

Mitchell Santner

Mitchell Santner is renowned for his effectiveness as a leg-spinner bowler and his capability as a hard-hitting lower-order batsman. He has picked up 105 wickets and scored 610 runs in 93 T20Is.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam is a world-class batsman renowned for his ability to provide strong starts and anchor the innings for his team. His impressive record of 3485 runs at an average of 41.48, along with three centuries and 30 half-centuries in 104 T20Is, solidifies his position as a top performer in cricket.

Devon Conway

Devon Conway is a tremendous opener who possesses the ability to turn the game's momentum in favour of his team. With an impressive tally of 1248 runs at an outstanding average of 41.60 in 41 T20I matches, he has firmly established himself as New Zealand's top choice in this series.

C

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell demonstrates remarkable batting skills, consistently excelling in the top order, making him a formidable contender in the upcoming game. He has scored 1102 runs at an average of 24.48 and a strike rate of 133.90 in 59 T20Is.

C

Mohammad Rizwan

Mohammad Rizwan is an outstanding top-order batsman and will provide additional points with his wicketkeeping. He has scored 2797 runs at an average of 49.07 in 85 T20I matches.

C

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson is undoubtedly one of the standout performers in this match. His star performance in these clashes makes him the ideal choice. He has scored 2464 runs at an average of 33.29 in 87 T20I matches.

Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi is a well-known name in cricket circles, thanks to his exceptional pace bowling, precise control over his lines and lengths, and recent form. His skills make him a potential game-changer. He has picked up 64 wickets at a strike rate of 17.8 in just 52 T20I matches.

Matt Henry

Matt Henry has great potential as a fast bowler, showcasing his ability to deliver blistering pace and effectively generate movement in the ball. He has picked up 15 wickets in 13 T20Is.

Tim Southee

Tim Southee needs no introduction as his pace bowling and exceptional control over his lines and lengths make him a potential game-changer. He has picked up 147 wickets at a strike rate of 17.2 in 117 T20I matches.

WICKET KEEPER
D Conway

NZ - 9 Cr

VC
M Rizwan

PAK - 9 Cr

BATSMEN
K Williamson

NZ - 9 Cr

B Azam

PAK - 9 Cr

C
D Mitchell

NZ - 8.5 Cr

G Phillips

NZ - 8 Cr

ALL ROUNDERS
M Santner

NZ - 9 Cr

I Ahmed

PAK - 8 Cr

BOWLERS
T Southee

NZ - 8.5 Cr

A Milne

NZ - 8 Cr

S Afridi

PAK - 9 Cr

Player Picks

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

Injury and availability news

Will be added when there is an update.

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