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New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test – Fantasy XI Cricket Tips, Prediction & Probable XI

Sahil Mathur
By Sahil Mathur
December 24, 2020 • 15:34 PM View: 1842

Pakistan will be up against New Zealand in the first test of the two-match series on Saturday. 

1st Test, New Zealand vs Pakistan: Match Details

  • Date – 26th December 2020
  • Time – 3:30 AM IST 
  • Venue – Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 

New Zealand vs Pakistan Match Preview:

Kane Williamson will be back in the New Zealand batting lineup, which last played against West Indies earlier this month. Henry Nicholls played a match-winning knock in the last test to rescue the team from a tricky position. 


Kyle Jamieson has been the find of this year for Kiwis. He has consistently performed and won his team matches. Neil Wagner will become a threat to play in home conditions. 

Pakistan will be without their premier batsman Babar Azam, at least for the first test. Mohammad Rizwan will need to step up his game and lead his team from the front. 

Shaheen Afridi has been in tremendous lately with the bowl. He will be a key player for Pakistan to put pressure on the Kiwis. Yasir Shah could prove to be a game-changer. 

New Zealand is looking favorites to win this match coming from a test series win against West Indies earlier this month. Pakistan hasn't played test cricket after the lockdown, neither have they toured New Zealand in the last two years. 

New Zealand vs Pakistan Head to Head:

  • Total – 58
  • New Zealand – 12
  • Pakistan – 25
  • Draw - 21

New Zealand vs Pakistan Team News: 

Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, and Imam ul Haq are not available for the first test match. 

New Zealand vs Pakistan Probable Playing XI:

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Pakistan - Mohammad Rizwan(c & wk), Shan Masood, Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Sohail Khan

New Zealand vs Pakistan Fantasy XI:

  • Wicket-keepers - BJ Watling, Mohammad Rizwan
  • Batsmen - Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Azhar Ali, 
  • All-rounders - Faheem Ashraf
  • Bowlers - Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult, Shaheen Afridi

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