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After a comprehensive win in the T20I series, New Zealand will be eyeing a spot in the ICC World Test Championship Final when they lock horns with Pakistan in a two-match Test series that starts on 26th Dec, at Bay Oval in beautiful Mount Maunganui.

In their last Test series, the Blackcaps turned out to be too good for West Indies and claimed a back-to-back Innings victories. They also thrashed England by an innings & 65 runs when the two sides played here in 2019. Blackcaps have not lost a Test in 2020 and would like to end the year on a high.

Meanwhile, Pakistan suffered another blow when a groin injury ruled their prolific all-rounder Shadab Khan out of the first test. Their captain Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq have not recovered from their respective injuries, which makes them unavailable for this Test match. Mohammad Rizwan will lead the side in the first Test match.

Key Players to Watch/Key Stats

New Zealand:

  • Tim Southee is in the form of his life and four wickets away from becoming the third New Zealander to take 300 Test wickets. He also took 12 wickets in the last series against the Men in Maroon. Conditions at Bay Oval will suit the Black Caps Seamer that makes him a must-have pick for this match.
  • BJ Watling was man of the match on this ground vs England last year. He scored a magnificent 205 off 473 balls. He combined with Mitchell Santner (126) for a mammoth 261-run stand.
  • Kane Williamson piled up a mountain of runs against West Indies in the first Test before taking paternity leave for the second one. He would like to continue his red hot form. Williamson has scored 854 runs in 10 Tests vs Pakistan at an average of 47.44.
  • Ross Taylor has the most runs in New Zealand-Pakistan Tests of any current player (905 runs, avg. 41.13).
  • Kyle Jamieson was the most impressive bowler against the West Indies, and also got the Man of the series for picking 11 wickets at an average of 13.09. He would like to continue his red ball form.
  • Niel Wagner took eight wickets on this ground against England last year.

Pakistan

  • Mohammad Rizwan looked in superb touch in the last T20I, and he also played well in his previous outing against England in this format. Now the trust shown by the team management to choose him as the captain will be a massive boost for his confidence, and the onus will be on him to perform.
  • Azhar Ali came under severe criticism for his batting & captaincy before playing a 141 runs match-saving knock against England earlier this year. Unfortunately for him, that could not save his captaincy. He also looked good in his practice match against New Zealand A and scored a total of 88 runs in the two innings. The former captain will look to prove his worth when he steps in the park again.
  • Mohammad Abbas’ delivery to dismiss Ben Stokes was one of the most talking points when cricket resumed after a halt in 2020. The Pakistani Pace Bowler picked 5 wickets in the practice match against New Zealand A and would look to lead the pace attack with Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah in his ranks.

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Stats and Facts

  • The last time Pakistan toured New Zealand for Tests, New Zealand won 2-0 in 2016 (8 wickets and 138 runs).
  • Overall, though, Pakistan have a good record in New Zealand. They have won 10 matches compared to New Zealand’s seven, with 14 draws.
  • Interestingly, Tom Latham averages just 31 vs Pakistan.

Possible Playing 11

Kane Williamson will replace Will Young after coming back from his well-deserved Paternity leave.

New Zealand: 1. Tom Latham, 2. Tom Blundell, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Henry Nicholls, 6. BJ Watling (wk), 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Kyle Jamieson, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Niel Wagner, 11. Trent Boult

Haris Sohail and Faheem Ashraf are expected to make a comeback in the Playing 11. 

Pakistan: 1. Abid Ali, 2. Shan Masood, 3. Azhar Ali, 4. Fawad Alam, 5. Haris Sohail, 6. Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Yasir Shah, 9. Shaheen Afridi, 10. Naseem Shah, 11. Mohammad Abbas.

Bay Oval Mount Maunganui Pitch Report & Weather Conditions

The Bay Oval track was pretty good for batting in the New Zealand vs England Test last year. England scored 353, followed by New Zealand’s mammoth 615/9d. Then, the skillful New Zealand bowlers, led by Wagner, were able to extract some uneven bounce to dismantle England for 197.

This time the Bay Oval pitch is expected to be neutral but according to the current forecast it might rain on the second day. With overcast conditions, the bowlers could have an edge.

Dream11 Prediction

Grand League Picks

  • BJ Watling scored a Double Century when New Zealand played against England at this venue. After making a comeback from a hamstring injury he will look to be back among the runs. In the last couple of years, he has turned out to be one of the most valuable resources for New Zealand in this format and will be a good pick in both small/grand leagues.
  • Fawad Alam performed brilliantly in the domestic circuit to grab a place on the International side but has not done much justice to his talent and opportunities given to him. However, he scored 139 runs in the second innings against New Zealand A and it will be interesting to see if he can grab this and make a place for him in the absence of Babar Azam. He will be a good pick in Grand Leagues.
  • Faheem Ashraf was the most impressive from the Pakistani camp in the recently concluded T20I series and would like to carry forward his white ball form. If he can perform and make an impact in this series, Shadab Khan’s injury will be a blessing in disguise for him. 
  • Ross Taylor will be playing his first Test after being dropped from the T20 squad. The Blackcaps veteran will look to make a point for him and score some big runs.

Option 1 (small leagues)


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Option 2:


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Match Prediction

The absence of Babar Azam is a significant one for Pakistan. New Zealand, with such a superb home record over the past decade, look good to win. New Zealand to win this match and end 2020 on a high.

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