Pakistan has suffered a massive blow with their regular captain Babar Azam suffering a fractured hand which will take him two-three weeks of recovery, thus ruling him out of the series. Shadab Khan, who will lead the side in Azam’s absence, himself has a groin injury and it will be interesting to see who steps up in case he does not pass his fitness.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will also miss the services of their key players. Kane Williamson is on paternity leave and will miss the first game after he became a father. Trent Boult and Tim Southee have been rested for this fixture after their heavy workload in the series against the West Indies. However, their availability is expected in the next couple of games which is a piece of good news for New Zealand team and their fans.
This is a perfect event for the fantasy sports enthusiast to switch on. So here are the match details, pitch report, weather forecast, probable playing 11 and dream11 fantasy team predictions for the first T20I match between New Zealand and Pakistan on December 18, 2020.
NZ vs PAK Match Details
- Match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I
- Date: 18 December 2020
- Time: 11:30 AM (IST)
- Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
NZ vs PAK Weather and Pitch Report
It will be a pleasant day in Auckland with the temperature hovering around 20 degree Celsius. There are no chances of rain interrupting the game.
A fine batting pitch often greets the players at Eden Park, to go with the small boundaries. This ground has seen some massive scores over the years, but the last five T20Is has seen an average first innings score of 163.6 at a run rate of 8.98, which suggests that bowlers have had some success in recent times.
Average First Innings Score
164 [Last 5 matches played in this venue]
Record of Chasing Teams
- Won – 5
- Lost – 0
- NR – 0
NZ vs PAK – Head to Head
- Total Matches Played: 21
- New Zealand Won: 08
- Pakistan Won: 13
NZ vs PAK Dream11 Probable Playing 11
Probable Playing 11 for Dream11 1st T20I – New Zealand vs Pakistan at Eden Park, Auckland
Predicted Playing 11 For New Zealand
Tim Seifert (WK), Martin Guptill, Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (C), Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner/Doug Bracewell
Predicted Playing 11 For Pakistan
Mohd Rizwan (WK), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Mohd Hafeez, Shadab Khan (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
NZ vs PAK 1st T20I Dream11 Fantasy Team Predictions
- Wicket-Keeper: Tim Siefert
- Batsmen: Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Abdullah Shafiq, Haider Ali
- All-Rounders: Mitchell Santner, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hafeez
- Bowlers: Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Shaheen Afridi
- Captain: Martin Guptill
- Vice-Captain: Mohammad Hafeez
New Zealand and Pakistan Squads
New Zealand Squad
Mitchell Santner (C), Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Mark Chapman, Scott Kuggeleijn, James Neesham, Todd Astle, Jacob Duffy, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Shadab Khan (C), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohd Hafeez, Usman Qadir, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohd Rizwan, Wahab Riaz, Haris Rauf, Mohd Hasnain, Mohd Musa, Shaheen Afridi
NZ vs PAK Broadcast and Live Streaming Details:
- New Zealand: Spark Sports
- Pakistan: PTV Sports
- Live streaming: FanCode
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.