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New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20I Preview

by  Neel Ashar  •  Last updated on 2020-12-17 20:20:30

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New Zealand and Pakistan lock horns for a 3 match T20I series Down Under in what is anticipated to be a cracker of a contest. The first T20I is scheduled to be played at the iconic Eden Park in Auckland on 18th December from 11:30 A.M. IST. New Zealand has a formidable record in T20Is at home. They do not lose any games or series easily in their backyard. It will take something special from Pakistan to stop a rampant Kiwi outfit in their den. 

Match Preview

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Date: 18 December 2020

Time: 11:30 A.M. IST

The Pitch Report

The pitch is anticipated to be placid and aid batsmen throughout the match. The pitch will stay even for the total duration of the match and batsmen will be able to hit through the line without much fuss. Bowlers must resort to pace and length variations to stay in the game. The ground has short boundaries which help the batting team. 

Weather Forecast

The weather is expected to be pleasant in Auckland. There is a 21 per cent chance for rain. Temperatures will soar as high as 27 Degrees and dip as low as 18 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity is predicted to be 45 per cent. Also, winds will blow from the North-East direction to the South-West at a maximum speed of 17 kilometres per hour.

Predicted Match XIs

New Zealand: Glenn Phillips, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mark Chapman, Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi

Pakistan: Babar Azam, S Farhan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c and wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi