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New Zealand v Pakistan 1st Twenty20 2020

18 Dec 2020, Eden Park, New Zealand v Pakistan T20i 2020
New Zealand win by 5 wickets

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I: With no Babar Azam and Kane Williamson, teams look to identify next batch of players


  • Scorecard
  • 1st Inn New Zealand
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Martin Guptill c: Khan b: Afridi 6 10 1 0 60.00
    Tim Seifert c: Ashraf b: Afridi 57 43 6 1 132.56
    Devon Conway c&b: Rauf 5 4 1 0 125.00
    Glenn Phillips c: Shah b: Rauf 23 18 2 1 127.78
    Mark Chapman lbw: Rauf 34 20 4 1 170.00
    Jimmy Neesham not out 15 10 0 2 150.00
    Mitchell Santner not out 12 8 0 1 150.00
    Total (18.5 Ov, RR: 8.28) 156/5
    Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Martin Guptill, 2.1), 4-110 (Tim Seifert, 14.4), 2-21 (Devon Conway, 3.3), 3-65 (Glenn Phillips, 9.1), 5-129 (Mark Chapman, 16.2)
    Shaheen Afridi 4.0 0 27 2 6.75 2 0
    Imad Wasim 2.0 0 14 0 7.00 0 0
    Haris Rauf 4.0 0 29 3 7.25 1 0
    Faheem Ashraf 3.0 0 18 0 6.00 0 0
    Wahab Riaz 3.5 0 45 0 11.74 0 0
    Shadab Khan 2.0 0 22 0 11.00 0 0
    1st Inn Pakistan
    BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
    Mohammad Rizwan c: Phillips b: Duffy 17 17 3 0 100.00
    Abdullah Shafique c: Chapman b: Duffy 0 2 0 0 0.00
    Haider Ali c&b: Kuggeleijn 3 5 0 0 60.00
    Mohammad Hafeez c: Chapman b: Duffy 0 1 0 0 0.00
    Shadab Khan c: Sodhi b: Duffy 42 32 2 3 131.25
    Khushdil Shah c: Guptill b: Sodhi 16 20 2 0 80.00
    Imad Wasim c: Tickner b: Kuggeleijn 19 14 2 0 135.71
    Faheem Ashraf c: Guptill b: Tickner 31 18 2 3 172.22
    Wahab Riaz c: Santner b: Kuggeleijn 9 5 0 1 180.00
    Shaheen Afridi not out 10 5 0 1 200.00
    Haris Rauf not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
    Total (20.0 Ov, RR: 7.65) 153/9
    Fall of wickets: 2-20 (Mohammad Rizwan, 3.5), 1-8 (Abdullah Shafique, 1.4), 4-20 (Haider Ali, 4.1), 3-20 (Mohammad Hafeez, 3.6), 7-114 (Shadab Khan, 17.1), 5-39 (Khushdil Shah, 8.2), 6-79 (Imad Wasim, 13.4), 9-149 (Faheem Ashraf, 19.3), 8-136 (Wahab Riaz, 18.3)
    Mitchell Santner 4.0 0 18 0 4.50 0 0
    Jacob Duffy 4.0 0 33 4 8.25 1 0
    Scott Kuggeleijn 4.0 0 27 3 6.75 0 0
    Ish Sodhi 4.0 0 37 1 9.25 0 0
    Blair Tickner 4.0 0 35 1 8.75 2 0
  • Match Details
  • TossPakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
    Home TeamNew Zealand
    Score: 5-156 | Overs: 18.5
    Away TeamPakistan
    Score: 9-153 | Overs: 20.0
    SeriesNew Zealand v Pakistan T20i 2020
    UmpiresHaig, S B
    Knights, W R
    Brown, C M
    Match RefereeCrowe, J J

New Zealand v Pakistan 1st Twenty20 2020 Match Preview

Pakistan will be without their regular skipper and no.2 ranked T20I batsman in the world, Babar Azam as they prepare to take on the Kiwis in their backyard in a T20I series, one that will ideally kickstart their preparations towards the T20 World Cup in India in 2021.

The New Zealand cricke team too are without some of their Test players – Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Daryl Mitchell – for the first T20I. While these players will join for the second and third game, the first one offers a chance for the hosts to test some of the talented players from the domestic T20 competition, the Super Smash.

Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy and Doug Bracewell are all in the mix for the first T20I and it’s likely that at least two of them will figure in the playing XI. Pakistan, meanwhile, have been in quarantine in New Zealand, but a breach of the bio bubble in between has meant that they are short on practice.

Team news: New Zealand

Mitchell Santner will skipper the Kiwis for the first game in the absence of Kane Williamson. They are likely to have Tim Seifert, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway in the top-order with James Neesham, Doug Bracewell and Santner playing the all-rounder roles.

Todd Astle could get a game ahead of Ish Sodhi as New Zealand test their leg-spin cupboard in preparation for the T20 World Cup. Tickner, Duffy, Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn could form the pace attack. With Ross Taylor dropped from the side, it’s a massive opportunity for Conway and Seifert to nail down their spots.

Team news: Pakistan

Pakistan are without their skipper too and Shadab Khan, the leg-spinner is expected to lead them. However, he is fighting illness too and if he misses out, they will have to seek a new leader before the first game. Abdullah Shafique will likely open the batting for them alongside Mohammad Rizwan, the wicket-keeper.

Hussain Talat and Sarfaraz Ahmed, added to the squad for this series, will likely play in the XI. In Babar Azam’s absence, Pakistan will need a strong presence in the batting order and they will hope the young Haider Ali can step up. On the bowling front, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be Pakistan’s premier attack. Imad Wasim will likely be the finisher and powerplay bowler.

New Zealand v Pakistan 1st Twenty20 20202 Predicted XI

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Shah Afridi

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Todd Astle, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner

New Zealand v Pakistan 1st Twenty20 20202 Key players

Shaheen Shah Afridi: The new ball specialist in Pakistan’s pace attack, Shaheen Afridi is a terrific T20 bowler. With the New Zealand conditions aiding early movement and swing, Shaheen will be a handful and will be used to create early inroads in the New Zealand batting line-up. The left-arm pacer is a powerplay bowler and could be used in am extended spell of three overs at the start to try and get breakthroughs in the early half of the innings.

Glenn Phillips: Glenn Phillips might still be new to the New Zealand T20I setup, but a veteran at domestic level and with experience of franchise cricket from around the globe, the opener is a terrific player to have at the top. He recorded the fastest century in T20Is by a Black Caps player in the recent series against West Indies and will be watched out for yet again as the T20Is against Pakistan gets underway.