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Predictions: T20 match – Pakistan vs New Zealand

The Black Caps will be keen to take their revenge over Pakistan on Tuesday while the green shirts are eying to complete a hat-trick of wins.

Background

Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the 3rd Match of the T20I Tri-series on 11th October.

Pakistan has win both of their 1st two matches and they have almost qualified for the Final of this Tri-series.

Meanwhile, New Zealand came back strongly against Bangladesh after being defeated by Pakistan in their opening match.

Bangladesh is looking like the weakest side in this tournament and most probably, we will get to see a Pakistan vs New Zealand final on 14thOctober.

After comprehensively losing their 1st game against Pakistan, New Zealand thrashed Bangladesh by 8 wickets in their next match.

Kane Williamson decided to bowl first after winning the toss and his bowlers responded superbly to restrict Bangladesh to just 137-8 from their 20 overs.

Michael Bracewell was the star performer with the ball as he picked up 2 wickets for just 14 runs from his 4 overs. Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Ish Sodhi also scalped two wickets each.

New Zealand polished off the target within 18 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Devon Conway led the chase with an excellent 70 not out off 50 deliveries.

Pakistan has defeated both Bangladesh and New Zealand in their 1st two games and they are looking in great touch just before the T20 World Cup.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were once again their stars with the bat while Haris Rauf looked unplayable with the ball in both games.

The middle order is still a concern but Shadab Khan has given some sign of relief to his team management by playing an outstanding knock of 34 runs at the number 4 position.

Match Details:

Teams – New Zealand vs Pakistan

Date – 11th October 2022

Time – 3:00 PM local ( 7:30 am IST)

Venue – Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Average 1st innings total

The average 1st innings score at Hagley Oval is 153 runs.

Head-to-Head record in T20Is:

Here is the head-to-head record between New Zealand and Pakistan in T20 Internationals.

Total Matches Played – 26

Pakistan won – 16

New Zealand won – 10

Tie/ No Result – 0

Pitch Report:

The pitch at Hagley Oval helps both the batters and pace bowlers.

The spinners will have to bowl tight lines and lengths here to get wickets. Both captains will like to bowl first here and the team batting first must have to score 170 plus on this pitch.

Weather Report:

The temperature in Hagley Oval on Tuesday is expected to hover around 14°C to 16°C  with 57 percent humidity.

There is less than 15 percent chance of rain but the sky will mostly be covered with clouds on match day.

Possible Playing XI:

Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams,

Pakistan:

Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani

New Zealand:

Finn Allen/ Martin Guptill, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Who will win?

Pakistan will enter this game as favorites due to their exceptional performance in the previous two games.

They have a world-class opening pair in the form of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan while bowling is their biggest strength. They have a lot of variety in their bowling attack

Hence, we predict that Pakistan will beat New Zealand in the 3rd match of this T20I Tri-series.

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