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Pakistan vs. New Zealand Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
22 October 2021
Sharjah Cricket Stadium – T20 World Cup
New Zealand take on former world champions Pakistan with both sides harbouring expectations of going deep into the tournament. The mouth-watering contest promises to set the pulse racing as both teams bring confidence and sparkle with the bat into the Super 12’s leaving little to choose between the two in the cricket betting online markets.
Five times the pair have met in the T20 World Cup, and it is Pakistan who hold the advantage having won three of those contests. However, it is New Zealand who claimed victory at the 2016 edition defeating Pakistan by 22 runs thanks to a marvelous 80 from Martin Guptill.
Kane Williamson is a man used to the pressure of the big stage although the New Zealand captain will have to manage himself as an elbow niggle could prove to be a problem. The big news is who is not playing for the Black Caps with no place in the squad for Ross Taylor as he steps out in preparation of the India series coming up.
For Pakistan, a fast-starting strong top order will be key with Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, and captain Babar Azam set to take much of the pressure for the side. It is also time for spinners Imad Waslm and Shadab Khan to deliver when it really matters.
Pakistan vs. New Zealand Preview and Predictions
Pakistan face two early tough tests in the Super 12’s and after the crunch clash with India, they now have the difficult task of facing a New Zealand side buoyed from winning the World Test Series. Admittedly a completely different format but after the Black Caps finished runners up in the 2019 ODI World Cup, it would suggest their short format has been in good shape too.
That said, New Zealand lost both T20 warm up matches to England and Australia respectively. Once again though it was Martin Guptill the star man with the bat especially against England but runs from the rest of the order could be New Zealand’s downfall.
It is likely then that the Pakistan trio of Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf will be eager to get at the New Zealand middle order quickly to limit Guptill’s effectiveness. When you add in the strength of Pakistan’s top order with the bat and their experience of playing in the UAE then the smart way to go is to back Pakistan for the win.
Their downfall could be their lack of playing time in 2021 with a number of Tours being pulled. However, by the time they come up against New Zealand they will have played three T20 matches (two warm up and one Super 12). It will be no walk in the park, but the prediction is Pakistan will get the job done and heap some early pressure on a New Zealand side who have surprisingly never made it to a T20 World Cup final.
Pakistan to win
New Zealand look heavily reliant on Martin Guptill with the bat and although on his day Devon Conway can swashbuckle with the best, Pakistan’s top order and experience with the ball looks set to win the day.
All four opening batsmen to score 10+ runs each
Both sides opening partnerships are arguably the main asset for both sides so expect the pair from either side to steady the ship early on and put at least ten runs each on the board.