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PAK vs NZ 1st T20I: Match Prediction | Lotus365

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In the inaugural T20I of the five-match series, Pakistan faces off against New Zealand at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on April 18 | Lotus365. Eager to rebound from their recent series loss in New Zealand, Pakistan, under the leadership of Babar Azam, aims to assert their dominance on home turf. With Azam reinstated as the white-ball skipper, Pakistan seeks a commanding start against the Kiwis.

New Zealand, despite missing key players due to IPL commitments, presents a spirited challenge to Pakistan. Their inexperienced lineup is determined to make an impact and set the tone for the series against the formidable hosts.


In the inaugural T20I of the five-match series, Pakistan faces off against New Zealand at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on April 18 | Lotus365
Pakistan faces off against New Zealand

PAK vs NZ 2024 Match Details:

Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st T20IVenue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, RawalpindiDate & Time: Thursday, April 18, 07:30 PMLive Broadcast and Streaming: FanCode app


Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium Pitch Report and Conditions:

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium boasts flat pitches conducive to high-scoring encounters. Offering good bounce, the wickets cater to both pace and spin bowlers at different stages of the match. Recent variations in pitch conditions during the Pakistan Super League hint at diverse wicket types. Given the history, the toss-winning team is likely to opt for bowling first.


PAK vs NZ Head-to-Head Record:


Matches Played: 39

Pakistan won: 21

New Zealand won: 17

No Result: 01


PAK vs NZ Predicted Playing XIs:

Pakistan:Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Azam Khan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi

New Zealand:Michael Bracewell (c), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Tom Blundell (WK), Jacob Duffy, Ben Lister, Jimmy Neesham, Ben Sears, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne


PAK vs NZ Probable Best Performers:

Probable Best Batter: Babar AzamBabar Azam, the talismanic batsman and leading run-scorer in the recent PSL 2024, is expected to spearhead Pakistan's batting. His confidence against a relatively inexperienced New Zealand bowling attack makes him a key figure for Pakistan's success.


Probable Best Bowler: Shaheen AfridiShaheen Afridi, Pakistan's premier pacer, is tasked with providing crucial breakthroughs. With his pace and aggression, Afridi poses a significant threat to the Kiwi batsmen and is pivotal to Pakistan's bowling arsenal.


Prediction:

Pakistan, buoyed by home advantage and the leadership of Babar Azam, enters the match as favorites. However, New Zealand's resilience and competitive spirit could make it a closely contested affair. Expect an electrifying clash with Pakistan holding a slight edge.


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