New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips, prediction & odds; 2nd T20 International preview
Welcome to our New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the second T20 International at Seddon Park, Hamilton, on Sunday night, December 20.
This is the second of three T20s before New Zealand and Pakistan will square off in two Test matches, with the first of those starting at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on Boxing Day, December 26.
Bookmakers have made the NZ team $1.45 favourites with the Pakistanis $2.80 for the second match.
The Black Caps took a 1-0 lead in the T20 series with their win in Auckland on Friday night, which was a competitive affair on the lively pitch.
The Pakistanis did well to post 153 after they elected to bat first but slumped to 5-39 in the face of superb bowling from debutant Jacob Duffy. The Kiwis had a few hiccups during their chase but in the end got home with seven balls to spare.
The good news for the Kiwis heading into the second match is that they regain top-quality players such as captain Kane Williamson, and pace spearheads Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
Rising leg-spinning all-rounder Shadab Khan will again captain Pakistan in the absence of superstar Babar Azam, who suffered a broken thumb at training and is racing the clock to be ready for the first Test.
New Zealand v Pakistan series schedule, results
December 18: 1st T20, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand 5-156 (Tim Seifert 57, Mark Chapman 34; Haris Rauf 3-29, Shaheen Afridi 2-27) d Pakistan 9-153 (Shadab Khan 42, Faheem Ashraf 31; Jacob Duffy 4-33, Scott Kuggeleijn 3-27) by five wickets. Player of the match: Jacob Duffy
December 20: 2nd T20, Seddon Park, Hamilton, 7pm local time
December 22: 3rd T20, McLean Park, Napier, 7pm local time
December 26-30: 1st Test, Bay Oval, Tauranga, 11am local time
January 3-7: 2nd Test, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 11am local time
New Zealand T20I squad
Squad for 2nd and 3rd T20Is: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Pakistan T20I squad
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Haris Rauf, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali.
Continue reading for our free New Zealand v Pakistan tips for the second T20 at Seddon Park, Hamilton, on Sunday night.
New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several New Zealand v Pakistan tips for Sunday’s T20 clash.
Glenn Phillips to top score for NZ
The South Africa-born right-hander was outstanding in the series against the West Indies recently and looms as a mainstay of the line-up for many years to come. He made a start on Friday night and if he gets in at the right time in this match expect some fireworks. Phillips is in such good touch he looks like hitting almost every ball to or over the boundary.
Shadab Khan most wickets for Pakistan
The stand-in skipper did well with the bat on Friday with 42 to rescue his team’s innings, but he is also a wonderful leggie and that knock should have given him more confidence to attack while bowling this time. His record in the shortest form of the game is outstanding with the ball.
New Zealand v Pakistan prediction 20/12/2020
In theory the return of senior stars such as Kane Williamson should make NZ almost unbeatable in this T20. But of course Pakistan are a class team in the T20 format and also one of the most unpredictable teams in world cricket. They need their top order to fire, not just to have a hope in this game but to find some touch ahead of the Tests. Our final New Zealand v Pakistan prediction? The Black Caps to win again. They are formidable on home soil.
New Zealand v Pakistan T20 Details
New Zealand: TVNZ 1, Spark Sport. Pakistan: PTV Sports.
The game starts at 7pm local time (11am Pakistan time) on December 20, 2020.
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