Pakistan and New Zealand will face each other in the Final match of the T20I Tri-series on 14th October at the Hagley Oval.
Both Pakistan and New Zealand have won 3 out of their 4 games in the league stage while Bangladesh has been ruled out of the tournament with no wins in 4 matches.
New Zealand came back strongly after losing their opening game against Pakistan and they won all of their next 3 games to make it to the finals.
The Black Caps performed really well with both bat and ball and they are so far, the only team to cross the 200 run-mark in this series.
On the other hand, Pakistan looked good in the entire series except for that one game against New Zealand where they lost by 9 wickets.
Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in their previous game by 7 wickets as they chased down 174 runs with a ball to spare.
Babar and Rizwan scored half-centuries while Nawaz played a match-winning knock of 45* off 20 balls in the end.
Pakistan still has concerns about their middle order and that’s why they are trying Shadab and Nawaz to bat up the order.
Teams – New Zealand vs Pakistan
Date – 14th 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 155 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 – 27
Pakistan won – 16
New Zealand won – 11
Tie/ No Result – 0
The pitch at Hagley Oval is usually a neutral one where there is enough help for both the batting and bowling sides.
The spinners can play a crucial role in the middle overs while the pacers can get rewarded by bowling at the right areas.
A final game is always a pressure contest and both captains will like to chase the total in such conditions on this wicket.
The temperature in Hagley Oval on Friday is expected to hover around 14°C to 18°C with 60 percent humidity.
There is less than a 20 percent chance of rain but there will be clouds all over the sky throughout the day.
Possible Playing XI:
Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams,
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah
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?
Both teams have played good cricket throughout this tri-series and these two deserved to be in the final.
New Zealand has been brilliant in their previous 3 matches and if they can somehow get rid of both Rizwan and Babar early on, then they have huge chances of winning the trophy.
Hence, we predict that New Zealand will beat Pakistan in the Final match of this T20I Tri-series.