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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, 1st T20I Match Prediction

Oct 31, Wed 16:00 GMT , Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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New Zealand 146/6 *
Pakistan 148/6
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Pakistan won by 2 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

After outplaying Australia in both the Test and T20I series in the UAE, Pakistan welcome New Zealand for a tour across all 3 formats. Having just played the T20Is against Australia, Pakistan will be high on form and momentum.

Match Preview

Head to head, Pakistan and New Zealand have played 18 T20I matches, with Pakistan winning 10 and New Zealand winning 8. But Pakistan have won all of the last 5 meetings between the two sides including a 3-0 clean sweep during their tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

iconPakistan Team News

Pakistan have kept their 15-member squad unchanged after the 3-0 series win over Australia. Captained by Sarfraz Ahmed, they are now on a 10 match winning streak.

Left-arm fast bowler Waqas Masood who was part of the Australia series is still waiting to make his debut. He will most likely get his chance in this series.

iconNew Zealand Team News

Allrounder Corey Anderson and wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips have been included in New Zealand’s squad. Phillips who has played T20Is gets his chance after Martin Guptill was ruled out of the series due to injury. Anderson is returning to the squad for the first time since last year’s Champions Trophy, having suffered a back injury.

Apart from that, there is plenty of experience in the Kiwi squad in the form of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tim Southee.

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Pitch Conditions

 

With the Asia Cup followed by the Australia series, a lot of cricket has been played in the UAE in the last 2 months. The pitch is unlikely to change but after the first session, there won’t be much in it for the bowlers. A typical hot day is expected in Abu Dhabi.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

Pakistan will most likely carry their momentum and win the first match.

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