NZ vs PAK 1st Test Prediction & Betting Tips
A consolation win in the final T-20 will give some hope to the Pakistani fans but New Zealand, in their home conditions will be a hard nut to crack. Watch as New Zealand host Pakistan for the 1st Test at Bat Oval on 26th December. The match is scheduled to get underway at 11:00 AM local time
The T-20 series was very crucial considering the preparation for the teams for the upcoming T-20 World Cup. The Test series stands of even bigger importance as a win for New Zealand will possibly get them through to the final of the ICC Test Championship. So there’s all to play for.
New Zealand are going to play a full squad thus there is every reason to believe that they’ll be very hard to beat. But do Pakistan have something up their sleeves to pull off an upset ? It’s looks very unlikely considering that their ace batsmen Babar Azam won’t be available for the first Test.
Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling and Tom Blundell form a very strong batting line up while the trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will cause all kind of trouble for the Pakistani batsmen.
Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner will take over the responsibilities of the all rounders. Looking at New Zealand, they’re packed with genuine match winners and are way ahead of Pakistan in terms of quality and skills.
For Pakistan, the loss of Babar Azam is a massive dent to their chances. Shan Masood, Abid Ali and Azhar Ali are the batsmen they can look up to for some inspiration. Other than them, their batting looks very vulnerable.
Mohammed Rizwan, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail and Faheem Ashraf are more sort of an ODI batsmen and against a quality bowling attack, in challenging conditions they’re bound to struggle.
The bowling however looks decent and can challenge New Zealand. Naseem Shah can generate some serious pace while Shaheen Shah Afridi can be difficult to handle as well. Mohammat Abbas will find any swing that’s on offer while Yasir Shah is one of the best leg spinners going around in world cricket.
All in all, Pakistan batting is a big concern and we expect them to struggle against the New Zealand bowling line up. We’re going in with New Zealand as the favourites for this match.
NZ vs PAK Live Streaming
The series telecast live on PTV Sports in Pakistan while ESPN+ will broadcast the series in the USA, and Supersport have the rights for in South Africa.
How to watch the match online?
Live Streaming: The match will be streamed live Fancode app in India.
NZ vs PAK Toss Prediction
Toss will play a big role as the captain winning the toss will look to bat first as it’ll be very difficult to chase on this wicket.
The weather looks good for the first three days but some rains are predicted from Day 4 onwards.
The pitch will have a tinge of grass which will make it difficult for the batsmen with the new ball. Once you’re set, there are plenty of runs to offer.
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