New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips, prediction & odds; 3rd T20 International preview
Welcome to our New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips, prediction and odds analysis for the third T20 International at McLean Park, Napier, on Tuesday, December 22.
The Black Caps sealed the T20 International series 2-0 with their win in Hamilton on Sunday, where Tim Seifert guided the Kiwis home with an enterprising and unbeaten knock of 84.
Pakistan posted a competitive total almost entirely thanks to a wonderful, unbeaten 99 from evergreen Mohammad Hafeez, who at age 40 continues to defy Father Time in the shortest form of the game.
Now the final T20I awaits before the Test series starts on Saturday, December 26, with the tourists in serious need of a win to boost their confidence.
They have been without captain and star batsman Babar Azam for the T20s because of a broken thumb suffered in a training session and he is also unlikely to be back for the first Test starting on Saturday.
Before then though Pakistan must navigate a T20 clash against a team playing with all the confidence in the world.
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: New Zealand 1-164 (19.2 overs; Tim Seifert 84no, Kane Williamson 57no; Faheem Ashraf 1-19) d Pakistan 6-163 (20 overs; Mohammad Hafeez; Tim Southee 4-21) by nine wickets. Player of the match: Tim Southee.
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 third T20 at McLean Park, Napier, on Tuesday night.
New Zealand v Pakistan betting tips
Our cricket tipsters have examined the odds and found several New Zealand v Pakistan tips for Tuesday’s T20 clash.
Kane Williamson man of the match at $9
The Black Caps captain has returned to the team after paternity leave and not missed a beat. He is the best batsman playing in this contest by a fair margin and will want to head into the opening Test in great form. A class act.
Haris Rauf top wicket-taker for Pakistan
The paceman is one of those rare bowlers with the knack for claiming wickets no matter how many runs he is being hit around the park for. We will back Rauf at odds around $4 to make more of an impression on a tough Kiwis batting line-up than any of his teammates
New Zealand v Pakistan prediction 22/12/2020
It has not been a happy tour so far for the Pakistanis. Of course they lost their captain to injuries and have also had Covid-19 in the camp in the lead-up to the series. They are a high-class T20 outfit but the Black Caps are simply outstanding on their home turf and it’s hard to see anything but a 3-0 finish to the series. Our final New Zealand v Pakistan prediction? Another win for the New Zealand team.
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 22, 2020.
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