Pakistan enjoyed a dream start to the T20 World Cup, hammering rivals and ante-post favourites India by ten wickets, and they will be aiming for a similar performance against New Zealand in Sharjah.

The Kiwis, runners-up in the 2019 50-over World Cup and winners of the inaugural World Test Championship, have a modest record in this tournament but remain great competitors in every format.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Betting Odds

It was impossible not to be impressed by the way that Pakistan beat India in their opening Super 12 Group 2 match and bookmakers rate them 8/11 favourites to see off New Zealand.

The Black Caps, who lost their warm-up matches against Australia and England, are 6/5 to start their World Cup campaign with a victory.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Team News

Pakistan will not be in a rush to change the 11 who thrashed India. Veteran Shoaib Malik, a late injury replacement before the tournament, should keep his place despite not batting or bowling in the opening game.

New Zealand are sweating on the fitness of captain Kane Williamson, who has been struggling with elbow and hamstring injuries and did not bat in the final warm-up game against England.

Pakistan vs New Zealand H2H

New Zealand's scheduled tour of Pakistan last month was cancelled but the teams met in an entertaining Twenty20 series last December.

Hosts New Zealand won 2-1 and Kiwi wicketkeeper Tim Seifert was the star performer with the bat, scoring 176 runs in three innings', but overall Pakistan have the edge in Twenty20 cricket.

They have won 14 of the teams' 24 meetings, including six of their seven clashes in the UAE, which is hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup. 

Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction

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Pakistan's bowling attack has a lovely blend of pace and spin and they should be confident of troubling an unconvincing New Zealand top order.

The experienced Martin Guptill has a poor T20 record in the UAE, Williamson is not fully fit, and they suffered a dramatic middle-order collapse in the warm-up defeat to England.

Pakistan's openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan shared an unbroken stand of 152 against India and they can lay the foundation for a seventh T20 win out of eight against New Zealand in the UAE.

Ish Sodhi - Top New Zealand Bowler - BET NOW

 

One New Zealand player who should enjoy the conditions in Sharjah is spinner Ish Sodhi and he is worth backing to improve on a modest T20 record against Pakistan.

Sodhi had a couple of excellent home series' against Australia and Bangladesh earlier this year, taking 13 wickets in five matches against the Aussies and claiming career-best figures of 4-28 against the Tigers in Hamilton. He dismissed Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan in the warm-up game against England and looks a big price to be top Kiwi bowler.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Betting Tips

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