New Zealand v Pakistan 1st T20I – Betting Tips and Predictions
New Zealand are short-priced favourites to win this and it would be no surprise to see them relish their home conditions once more.
However, the outcome could also come down to which team handles their absences the best. No Babar Azam or Kane Williamson gives this match an interesting one.
There are plenty of markets to look at when searching out the best value bets.
Back Tim Seifert to be New Zealand’s Top Batsman
The absence of Williamson could mean that Tim Seifer will bat much higher in the order in this one.
He seems to thrive higher up and it could be worth backing him to be New Zealand’s top batsman at a price 4.33 with bet365.
Siefert struggled for runs in the T20Is against Zimbabwe but it could be worth sticking with him. He looked in better nick during a New Zealand A clash with the West Indies recently and can carry that forward.
Ali to Take His Chance
Haider Ali is an exciting prospect and the loss of Babar Azam means someone will need to step up for Pakistan.
The youngster did well when given a chance against Zimbabwe, hitting an unbeaten 66 in the second T20I.
He can be backed at 4.5 with 22Bet to be his team’s top batsman
Pakistan to have the Highest Opening Partnership
There is a chance Mohammad Hafeez could be pushed up the order to cover for Babar. Abdullah Shafique got into stride as the Zimbabwe game progressed.
It will be a tough ask but backing Pakistan at 2.2 with bet365 to have the highest opening partnership could be value.
Make sure to see our round-up of the best bets and predictions for this fixture.