NZ vs PAK Fantasy Prediction: New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd Test – 3 January (Christchurch). The Blackcaps are aiming for a place in the World Test Championships final by winning this game.
Hosts New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the 2nd test match of the two matches series. The test games in New Zealand are always fascinating and, two teams with some thrilling pacers are on the show.
New Zealand have been dominant in their home season so far. The pace attack of this team has been on fire, whereas the batsmen are also doing their job. Neil Wagner will miss this game, whereas Matt Henry is set to replace him on the team. This game is really important for them to maintain their World Test Championship’s chances.
Pakistan showed great spirit in their last game, and they will come in this game with a lot of confidence. Fawad Alam proved his batting masterclass, whereas Rizwan’s batting was also a big plus for this side. The bowlers need to perform better in this game for the visitors. Babar Azam has started his training, but it is unlikely that he will feature in this game.
A Green Top wicket is going to welcome the teams in this game as well and, the pacers will have a good time. The overcast conditions are also going to trouble the batsmen.
Probable XI for both sides:-
New Zealand – Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson ©, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson.
Pakistan – Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
Two Match Test Series
Match: New Zealand vs Pakistan second Test Match
Date and Time: 3 January, Sunday- 3:30 am IST
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Where to Watch: Fancode
Top 4 Batting Order
- Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor
- Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, and Haris Sohail.
Long Spell Bowlers
- Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson
- Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi
NZ vs PAK Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
BJ Watling and Mohammad Rizwan will be our wicket-keeper in this game. Watling is one of the most underrated batsmen in the world and has proved himself in challenging conditions. He has an average of 38.43 in tests, whereas he scored a brilliant half-century in the last game too. Rizwan has now scored four consecutive test half-centuries and is looking in a Midas touch.
NZ vs PAK Fantasy Batsmen
Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Henry Nicholls will be our batsmen from New Zealand. Williamson is in a sublime form, whereas Taylor is also a run-scoring gem. Kane has scored 6877 runs at an average of 52.90, whereas Taylor’s average is 45.48. Both of them were absolutely brilliant in the last game. Nicholls has scored 1995 test runs at an average of 41.56, and he is an underrated player.
NZ vs PAK Fantasy All-Rounders
Fawad Alam will be our all-rounder from Pakistan. Alam has an average of 56.54 in first-class cricket, whereas he scored a brilliant century in the last game.
NZ vs PAK Fantasy Bowlers
From New Zealand, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson will make it into our team. All three of them have been on fire in this home season and have to be picked for this game.
Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi will be our bowlers from Pakistan. Abbas is one of the best bowlers of Pakistan in the test format of the game. He has picked 82 wickets in 22 test games, whereas Afridi has scalped 39 in 12 games. Both of them are leaders of Pakistan’s pace bowling.
Match Prediction: New Zealand are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role
Kane Williamson and Tim Southee
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Fawad Alam and Kyle Jamieson
SportsRush Small-League Fantasy Team for the Game
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