Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Dream 11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket

New Zealand cricket is about to enter a new phase and it will be interesting to see how the team, led by Tim Southee, fare.

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Pakistan meets New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The opening game of this two-Test series begins on Monday, December 26 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Pakistan were beaten by England in the most recent home series. Pakistan lost the three-game series 3-0 and need to find serious answers to their problems. They looked clueless throughout the series against the Three Lions and it will be interesting to see them make a comeback. On the other hand, New Zealand would play a test match after a few months. They last played a series against England in June, which they lost 3-0. So they also had a point to prove and would try to play out of their skin to get past Pakistan. The first test will be held at the National Stadium in Karachi.
New Zealand captain and middle order batsman Kane Williamson has resigned as Test captain and will play as batsman for the Kiwis. Visitors will be under the new command of veteran Tim Southee. Of note, Southee has previously led the Blackcaps in all three formats of the game.
Babar Azam has been the top batter for his team, averaging over 1000 runs in Tests this year with an average of 67. Babar has recorded 3 centuries and 7 half centuries for Pakistan this year. Abdullah Shafique was also in form with 799 carries, including 3 centuries. On the other hand, Imam-ul-Haq was also reliable with 717 runs (3×100, 2×50).

Match Preview

The Tour of New Zealand through Pakistan starts on Monday (December 26) with the first test at the National Stadium in Karachi. The match comes exactly after two years when Pakistan toured New Zealand to play a two-match streak and faced a whitewash. New Zealand have won their last three friendlies against Pakistan and, under the new leadership of Tim Southee, expect nothing less than a win in the coming games. Pakistan already have their backs to the wall after suffering a whitewash against England this month.
The history of New Zealand, the first World Test champion, is similar to that of Pakistan. They last played a Test series against New Zealand in June this year and suffered a whitewash. Kane Williamson, who last scored a century in Test cricket in January last year, decided to step down from his role as captain this month. So New Zealand cricket is ready to enter a new phase and it will be interesting to see how they will perform now.

Pitch Report

The third friendly between Pakistan and England was recently played on the pitch at the National Stadium in Karachi. Both teams scored more than 300 runs in their respective first innings. However, in the third and fourth innings, the batting got complicated, and the spinners dominated. The story of this game could be the same, and the team that wins the toss is better said to bat.

Toss Prediction

The team that wins the toss will likely want to bat first. This is a no-brainer and should be seen as a major benefit.

Betting Tips

Pakistan is going through a lot of turbulence. The entire board and the selection committee were replaced. In addition, four losses in the trot have put Babar Azam under enormous pressure. Still, given their phenomenal record in Karachi and the fact that two of their leading fast bowlers have returned to the roster, we believe Pakistan can win this game.
New Zealand will fight massively against Abrar Ahmed and that could be the difference between the two sides.
Bet on Pakistan to win.

Weather Report

Speaking of the weather for the first friendly match between PAK and NZ in Karachi, the weather will be mostly pleasant with plenty of sunshine. The sunlight hazes between intervals, with pitches helping the racquets in the first two days, with spin coming into play in the last two days of Test play. Rain is not a spoilsport in the first test.

Probable Playing XI

Pakistan

Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed

New Zealand

Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner.

Top Picks Dream 11 Prediction


Devon Conway The 31-year-old is just 82 runs away from scoring 1000 runs in Test cricket for New Zealand. If he manages that feat in the first innings of the Test, he'll become Kiwi's fastest hitter to that mark.
Kane Williamson The former captain of the New Zealand team is currently the best in the ICC rankings among his peers. He enjoys playing against Pakistan, which is evident from his record. Pakistan is the only opponent against whom Williamson has scored over 1000 runs in Test cricket.
Neil Wagner The left-arm pacemaker is just four wickets away from winning 250 wickets in Test cricket. He has 246 goals in 59 Test matches with an average of 26.71. He is set to become the second fastest Kiwi bowler to accomplish this feat.
Daryl Mitchell The right-hander was the lead run-getter during the three-game Test series as he composed a sensational total of almost 550 runs with a phenomenal average of more than 107 spanning as much as 3 centuries.
Abrar Ahmed The 24-year-old spinner made his debut in the second test against England. He picked 11 wickets in his first Test and followed that up with six wickets in the second.
Babar Azam The 28-year-old charismatic batsman is second in the ICC rankings and had a superb showing in the Test series against England this month. He became the leading run scorer for Pakistan with 348 carries in six innings, including a century and three-half centuries.
Zahid Mahmood He finished as the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the Test series against England. He picked 12 wickets in two games with a 36.16 average.