Hosts New Zealand are set to face Pakistan in the fourth T20I of the five-match series at the iconic Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday. With an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, New Zealand looks to continue their winning streak, while Pakistan aims to salvage pride after three consecutive losses.
|Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2024
|Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand
|Date & Time
|19 January 2024, 11:40 AM
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After sealing the series at Dunedin, New Zealand is likely to maintain the winning combination in this fixture. The batting unit, led by explosive Finn Allen, will look to capitalize on the form of young talent Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, all-rounders Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips, and wicketkeeper-batter Tim Seifert.
In the previous match, Finn Allen’s remarkable innings of 137 off 62 balls, featuring five fours and sixteen sixes, propelled New Zealand to a massive total of 224 runs. The bowling attack, led by Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner, will aim to provide crucial breakthroughs.
Pacer Tim Southee was the standout bowler in the last game, claiming 2 for 29, well-supported by Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner, who each took one wicket.
With a disappointing collective performance from the batting lineup, Pakistan aims for a turnaround in the series. Apart from Babar Azam, the team is seeking notable contributions from other batters, including Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed.
Babar Azam continues to be the mainstay with a third consecutive half-century in the previous match, scoring 58 runs off 37 balls. All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Rizwan also made valuable contributions.
The bowling responsibilities will be shouldered by fast-bowlers Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr., and Zaman Khan, along with spin maestro Mohammad Nawaz, aiming to secure timely breakthroughs.
Probable Playing XI
|Pakistan Predicted Playing XI
|New Zealand Predicted Playing XI
|Tim Seifert (wk)
|Azam Khan (wk)
|Mitchell Santner (c)
|Shaheen Afridi (c)
|Mohammad Wasim Jr
The upcoming T20 encounter between New Zealand and Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Christchurch promises an engaging battle between bat and ball. The weather forecast for Friday’s match predicts clear skies in the evening, setting the stage for an exciting game.
Hagley Oval in Christchurch is the chosen battleground for the 4th T20I clash in the series between New Zealand and Pakistan. The Green Shirts can draw inspiration from their excellent track record at Hagley Oval, boasting a victory in four out of the five matches played at this venue.
Toss: To Bowl
Winning the toss and opting to bowl first might be the preferred strategy for both teams. Restricting the opposition to a total below 160 runs seems to be the goal, given that a majority of T20Is played at Hagley Oval have favored the side batting second.
NZ vs PAK Winning Prediction
New Zealand has convincingly dominated the series in the initial three matches, showcasing superior performances with both bat and ball. As the series heads into the final two matches, New Zealand appears confident to maintain their clinical form at Christchurch.
Prediction: New Zealand Will Win
In contrast, Pakistan needs a substantial improvement in their overall game to break the losing streak against New Zealand. The prediction leans towards another victory for the Black Caps in this upcoming match.