Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Match Prediction 2024

PAK vs NZ 2nd T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

After the opening T20I of the series was reduced to a five over aside match but then lasted only two balls on Thursday, Pakistan and New Zealand reconvene again in Rawalpindi for the second of five matches on Saturday evening. Read on as we preview this T20I. The match gets underway at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium at 19:30 local time on April 20th.

Although the opening game of the series lasted only two balls, there was still a wicket for Pakistan and their former skipper Shaheen Shah Afridi. We expect the bowling unit of the hosts to be too strong for New Zealand’s batters and Pakistan should have the ability to win this match.

With the series still at 0-0, New Zealand will fancy their chances of getting the most out of their squad in this match and taking a 1-0 lead. However, taking on Pakistan in Rawalpindi is never easy and this group of New Zealand players will need to be at their best if they are to get a positive result.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Match Live Streaming

TV channels: You can watch this match live on ARY Sports

Live Streaming: The fixture will be live-streamed on Tamasha and Fancode.

PAK vs NZ Match Toss Prediction

New Zealand won the toss on Thursday and chose to bat first but that was due to the game being reduced to five overs aside. We predict that the captains will want to field first ahead of this T20I.

PAK vs NZ Pitch Report

We were not able to learn too much about the surface at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in the opening game of the series but our view remains that overall this is a good batting surface.

Rawalpindi Weather Report

There is only a very small chance of rain on Saturday evening in Rawalpindi so any interruptions will be very short. It will be humid throughout with the temperature never lower than 20 degrees.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20 2024

Pakistan Team News & Playing 11

PAK Team News

Not only was there a return to captaincy for Babar Azam in the last game, but Mohammad Amir also came back into international cricket. Pakistan gave debuts to Abrar Ahmed, Irfan Khan and Usman Khan on Thursday and with no new injuries, we anticipate seeing the same XI.

PAK Key Players

  • Mohammad Rizwan- the keeper-batter is expected to come in at number three in this game and we can expect him to play in an attacking manner but without recklessly throwing his wicket away.
  • Babar Azam- some players struggle with the added pressure of captaincy and see their runs dry up but there are no fears that the same could happen for one of Pakistan’s all-time greatest batters.
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi- there were worries that the tall left-arm pace bowler would react badly to having the captaincy taken away from him but he responded well by taking a wicket during the two balls of Thursday’s match!
  • Mohammad Amir- the experienced left-arm pacer made his international debut 15 years ago but he was very impressive in the recent PSL.

PAK Team Form

Pakistan have won only one of their last eight T20Is ahead of this match.

Pakistan Predicted Playing 11

Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Irfan Khan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Amir, Abrar Ahmed

New Zealand Team News & Playing 11

NZ Team News

Tim Robinson made his international debut on Thursday and although it did not go to plan for the 21 year old who was dismissed for a two-ball duck, he is likely to retain his spot for this match. With no other players facing a ball or bowling a delivery, we expect New Zealand to be unchanged.

NZ Key Players

  • Mark Chapman- the former Hong Kong international is recognised as a strong finisher in T20 cricket and he is not afraid to build an innings slowly before exploding in the final overs.
  • James Neesham- the 33 year old has played over 150 internationals and is the most experienced player in this New Zealand side. He is also a match-winner with both bat and ball.
  • Ben Sears- the 26 year old is playing in only his 16th international but he has an impressive record and will be looking for his 50th T20 wicket in this game.
  • Ish Sodhi- the 31 year old spinner is well built and gets turn, pace and bounce from the wicket. He will look to encourage the Pakistan batters to take him on with attacking shots.

NZ Team Form

The no-result on Thursday means that New Zealand have now not won any of their last five T20Is.

New Zealand Predicted Playing 11

Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Robinson, Josh Clarkson, Michael Bracewell (c), James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Dean Foxcroft, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Ben Lister, Jacob Duffy

Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head

Thursday’s first game of this series was the first time these two sides have had a no-result in a T20I. Pakistan once again bring a four game lead in the overall head to head in this format.

PAK vs NZ Head to Head Stats in T20s

  Matches Played PAK Won NZ Won Draw NR
Overall 39 21 17 0 1
Last 5 5 1 3 0 1

Pakistan vs New Zealand Betting Odds

Pakistan come into this game as even stronger favourites to win than they did ahead of Thursday’s match. The hosts can be backed at 1.28 with New Zealand the outsiders at 3.75.

Who will win Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Match?

It remains to be seen how this inexperienced group from New Zealand will fare in this series but player for player Pakistan certainly have the greater experience so we have them as the top side.

🏆 Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction

The weather conditions on Thursday were desperately disappointing for the players and cricket watchers alike but it looks much more settled on Saturday evening so we should have a full match. We do not expect New Zealand to be outfought but we do think that Pakistan have the greater depth and talent. Our prediction is for Pakistan to win!

Pakistan to beat New Zealand in 2nd T20

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