NZ vs PAK Dream11 Prediction 1st T20I, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Predicted Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates

Cricket fans are in for a treat as New Zealand prepares to host Pakistan in the first match of a five-game T20I series at the iconic Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, January 12. Both teams, with a history of competitive encounters, last faced each other in a five-match T20I series in Pakistan in April 2023, which ended in a 2-2 draw with one game in no result.

MatchPakistan tour of New Zealand
Time12 Jan 2024, Fri, 11:40 AM IST
VenueEden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
LIVE STREAMAmazon Prime Video
StadiumEden Park Outer Oval, Auckland
Humidity69% (Humidity)

Team Updates:

Shaheen Shah Afridi is set to lead Pakistan in T20Is for the first time, introducing fresh faces like Usama Mir, Abbas Afridi, and Haseebullah Khan to the squad. The selection committee, led by Wahab Riaz, opted for six pace-bowling options considering the conditions in New Zealand. Unfortunately, Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, and Ihsanullah won’t be available due to injuries. Mohammad Harris, Shan Masood, and Faheem Ashraf have been dropped from the squad.

New Zealand welcomes back Matt Henry, who missed the World Cup 2023 due to injury. Captain Kane Williamson and Devon Conway return after being rested for the Bangladesh series. However, Williamson will miss the third T20I to manage a lingering knee issue. Pacer Ben Sears is included for the first two matches, while Kyle Jamieson and Michael Bracewell are ruled out due to injuries. Trent Boult and James Neesham are unavailable for selection.

Head-to-Head Stats:

In their 34 T20I encounters, Pakistan holds the edge with 20 victories against New Zealand’s 13, while one match ended without a result.

Injury and Availability News:

Lockie Ferguson and Josh Clarkson won’t be part of the game due to injuries.

Pitch Report:

Eden Park is expected to offer a batting-friendly wicket, with pacers getting initial lateral movement. Spinners may find opportunities to control the run-scoring rate. The average first innings score in the last five games at this venue has been 154.

Probable Playing XI

New ZealandPakistan
1. Finn Allen1. FK Zaman
2. Devon Conway (wk)2. Saim Ayub
3. Kane Williamson (C)3. Babar Azam
4. DJ Mitchell4. Mohammad Rizwan (VC)
5. Glenn Phillips5. Iftikhar Ahmed
6. MS Chapman6. Mohammad Nawaz
7. Mitchell Santner7. S Afridi (C)
8. Tim Southee8. Haris Rauf
9. Ish Sodhi9. Usama Mir
10. AF Milne10. Mohammad Wasim
11. MJ Henry11. Z Khan

Player Picks:


Kane Williamson (NZ | BAT | 9 CT): Making a comeback after a rest, Williamson is a T20 veteran with 6304 runs. His ability to anchor the innings makes him a top captaincy choice.

Devon Conway (NZ | BAT | 9 CT): With 5552 runs from 163 T20 innings, Conway is a consistent run-scorer and an opening batter to watch out for as a multiplier.

Top Picks:

Daryl Mitchell (NZ | ALL | 8.5 VC): A consistent performer with 4093 runs and 76 wickets in T20s, Mitchell adds value to both batting and bowling departments.

Babar Azam (PAK | BAT | 9): Known for his consistency, Azam has accumulated 9462 runs in 258 T20 innings, making him a top-order pick.

Mohammad Rizwan (PAK | WK | 9): Emerging as Pakistan’s preferred wicketkeeper-batter, Rizwan boasts 6945 runs at an average of 43.95.

Mitchell Santner (NZ | ALL | 9): A bowling all-rounder with 187 T20 wickets and 2134 runs, Santner is a key contributor in both departments.

Budget Picks:

Iftikhar Ahmed (PAK | ALL | 8): Expected to provide quick fantasy points in the lower middle-order and death overs.

Matt Henry (NZ | BOWL | 7.5): Making a comeback after injury, Henry’s ability to hit hard lengths and scalp wickets makes him a crucial pick.

Glenn Phillips (NZ | WK | 8): An aggressive middle-order batter with 5813 runs and part-time off-spin.

Avoid These Players:

Azam Khan (PAK | WK | 8): Uncertain to be in the XI, Khan might not get a chance with Rizwan and Haseebullah Khan performing well.

Mohammad Nawaz (PAK | ALL | 8.5): Struggling to make an impact recently, Nawaz might not be a significant contributor.

Fantasy Cricket Team Prediction:

Head to Head:

  • Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Devon Conway
  • Batter: Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Babar Azam
  • All-rounder: Mitchell Santner, Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Bowler: Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi, Matt Henry

Mega League:

  • Wicketkeeper: Mohammad Rizwan
  • Batter: Kane Williamson, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Babar Azam
  • All-rounder: Mitchell Santner, Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Bowler: Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi, Matt Henry

With both teams eager to make a statement, the New Zealand vs Pakistan T20I series opener at Eden Park promises an exciting clash between bat and ball. Fantasy cricket enthusiasts have a plethora of star players to choose from, ensuring an engaging and competitive contest.

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