2nd Test Match Prediction – New Zealand Vs Pakistan 3/1/21 is the first Test match to start in 2021, and here in our match preview we have all the information you need along with our match prediction.
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New Zealand Vs Pakistan 2nd Test Betting Odds
- Match Odds – New Zealand 1/3 – The Draw 6/1 – Pakistan 4/1
- Opening Partnership – New Zealand 2/5 – Pakistan 7/4
- First Innings Lead – New Zealand 2/9 – Pakistan 11/4
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- New Zealand Vs Pakistan – 2nd Test Match, 3rd January 2021, to 7th January 2021.
- The match is being played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. It starts at 11am on Sunday 3rd January local time, which is 10pm on 2nd January, UK time.
- New Zealand won the 1st Test match by 101 runs.
- This is the final match of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand. The hosts won the proceeding T20 series, 2-1.
- In team news, Matt Henry looks set to replace the injured Neil Wagner in a like-for-like swap.
- A win for New Zealand will see the Kiwis go Number 1 in the World Rankings. That could change at the end of the Australia Vs India series.
- A win for the Kiwis is also essential if they wish to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
- Pakistan are still without skipper Babar Azam, who is still not 100% after his fractured thumb.
- With a series against South Africa not far off, it was decided not to risk Azam.
- Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan will continue to lead the side in the absence of Azam.
- New Zealand Squad – Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (WK), Will Young.
- Pakistan Squad – Mohammad Rizwan (C & WK), Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Fawad Alam, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Imran Butt, Shadab Khan, Sohail Khan, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, Naseem Shah, Haris Sohail.
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New Zealand Vs Pakistan 2nd Test Prediction 3/1/21
New Zealand haven’t lost a home test match since 2017, and they are now a side that don’t have an inferiority complex to any cricketing nation in the world.
Pakistan showed plenty of resistance in the 1st Test match, and did come a lot closer to claiming a draw than most seasoned watchers expected they would.
They are still one of those sides capable of producing a performance to beat anybody, but it’s impossible to predict anything other than a win for the Kiwis on current form.
Kane Williamson is at the peak of his powers, and his team simply have too much to play for in this Test match.