New Zealand vs Pakistan Dream11 Prediction: Pakistan and New Zealand will clash in the game's traditional format on Saturday, December 26 Saturday. The NZ vs PAK Boxing Day Test gets underway at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. NZ vs PAK 1st Test match will start at 3:30 AM IST. Meanwhile, the T20I series went in the Kiwis favour by 2-1 but Test cricket is a different ball game with the dynamics changes. Here is our New Zealand vs Pakistan Dream11 prediction including the batsmen, all-rounders, bowlers, and wicket-keepers in your Dream11 team as stated below.
Kane Williamson-led New Zealand cricket team to be the obvious favorites to continue their unbeaten run at home. But one can never tell with the Pakistan cricket team as to when and how they can spring a surprise. NZ vs PAK series is also important from the contrast of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Kane Williamson is back from his paternity leave in the T20I series against Pakistan which the Kiwis have already clinched with 2-1, the young Will Young will make a return for the returning skipper. The rest of the XI is set to be unchanged as that scripted a 2-0 series win over the West Indies side last month. You have to pick Williamson and Jamieson as Captain or Vice-captain in your dream11 fantasy team.
On the other hand, Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan is the latest to join the long list of injuries. Babar Azam adds to the visitors' woe, who got fractures in his right thumb a day after Imam-ul-Haq also getting injured his left arm in the training sessions ahead of the T20I leg of the tour. The immense pressure would be on atop to survive against New Zealand's threatening pace attack, especially on the wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who is in the best of forms of late.
If New Zealand wins the series by 2-0 and India suffers a loss in the series against Australia, then they might be in contention for a spot in the ICC WTC final which could take place in June 2021 at Lord’s.
The Bay Oval's pitch is expected to favour the seamers where the batsmen will struggle to get going. Apart from a couple of deliveries, the batsmen will find it hard to score runs here. The average first inning score will be hovering around 280-300 runs, while in the second inning, it may get reduced to 200 approx.
Wicketkeeper - Mohamamd Rizwan
Batsmen - Kane Williamson(C), Tom Latham, Henry Nicholas, Azhar Ali
All-rounders - Fawad Alam, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers - Kyle Jamieson(VC), Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Yasir Shah
The Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson should be the captain of your fantasy team whereas Kyle Jamieson from NZL is the ideal pick for the vice-captain slot.
New Zeland Playing XI: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
Pakistan Playing XI: Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (C/wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah/Sohail Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Will Young, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Imran Butt, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (C/W), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Zafar Gohar, Naseem Shah