The 2nd T20I between New Zealand vs Pakistan is scheduled to be played on Sunday. In the 1st T20I New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets with an over to spare. Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeliegn and Jacob Duffy shined for New Zealand in the 1st T20I. While for Pakistan it was skipper Shadab Khan who delivered the bat along side Fahim Ashraf. On the other hand the bowlers tried their best to defend the target but at the end of the day the target was just not big enough. In the 1st T20I Pakistan’s batting was the reason for their defeat. At one stage they were placed at 20/4. But thanks to some contribution by Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf by which they reached a respectable total.
But as they move in to the 2nd T20I. Pakistan will definitely need to perform better with the bat. The openers and the middle order batsmen have to deliver. However with the ball they were quiet impressive. They did manage to put some pressure on the New Zealand batting order. On the other hand for New Zealand things are looking good. Players like Tim Seifert, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santer, Jacob Duffy and others have performed well so far. And they will be eager to continue with their winning combination. And they will also look to go up 2-0 in the series.
Match: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I.
Date: 20th December 2020, 11.30 AM IST
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton.
It is usually a very good track to bat on. But it depends on the preparation of the pitch and which strip will be used. It might turn tricky to bat 2nd on this pitch. If there is excess grass on the pitch then it will hold the pitch firm and it will be a good pitch to bat on. While if its an used or rough pitch then we can expect some grip for the spinners and slower bowlers. The Average score batting 1st at this venue is 177. Out of last 10 T20I matches played here, 6 times the team batting first has won the match. We can expect another high scoring encounter tomorrow. For the team batting first, anything over 180 will be a good score.
New Zealand vs Pakistan Predicted XI:
New Zealand: Tim Seifert (WK), Martin Guptil, Devon Conway,Kane Williamson(C), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Scott Kuggelijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson.
Pakistan: Mohd Rizwan (WK), Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Mohd Hafeez, Shadab Khan (C), Khushdil, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf.
Fantasy Team Suggestion for New Zealand vs Pakistan:
Team 1: G Phillips, M Rizwan, Kane Williamson, Haider Ali, M Guptill (C), J Neesham, S Kuggeleijn, S Khan (VC), Trent Boult , Faheem Ashraf and H Rauf
Team 2: Tim Seifert, A Shafiq, D Conway, Glenn Phillips, M Guptill , S Kuggeleijn (VC), M Hafeez, Tim Southee,Trent Boult (C), F Ashraf and S Afridi.
Disclaimer: The above teams are been made based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While making a team consider the points mentioned and take your own decision.