Preview for PAK vs NZ Dream11 Contest:
After defeating arch-rivals India in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan will have a quick turnaround when they take on New Zealand on Tuesday (October 26) in Sharjah.
The Asian giants will be heading into their second game in really high spirits, having ended their longstanding drought of victory over India in an ICC World Cup.
For the Kiwis, this is such a challenging game to kick off their campaign with, considering the conditions in Sharjah and Pakistan being just the right opposition to exploit them.
Probable Playing XI
Pakistan – Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Glenn Phillips, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Weather Update: Clear skies; 30 degrees C; wind 14 km/h; humidity 40%
Pitch Report: It’s as if the real Sharjah woke up from its sleep last game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, where a score of 171 looked about 20 runs short at the end for the Bangladeshis. However, that could also be down to issues of depth and quality within the two bowling sides on the show. But there were encouraging signs, and in a night game with some dew expected, we’ll know via this Pakistan-New Zealand encounter whether the relaid track in Sharjah has really gone true now or it stays dry and spin-friendly.
PAK vs NZ Dream11 Prediction
New Zealand have shown their ability to surprise the Asian sides in conditions heavily stacked up against them in the previous T20 World Cup in India. But this time, with Pakistan having got their big win against India, it does seem like they are approaching a very difficult task for them in Sharjah. While the Kiwis can’t be taken lightly on any day of the week, Pakistan do look the stronger of the two sides for this particular game purely because of their spin strength – with the bat and the ball.
PAK vs NZ Dream11 Captaincy Picks
1. Babar Azam (10.5 credits)
The ever-dependable Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was in his element in the run-chase against India. After a watchful start, Babar opened up his shoulders and dominated the Indian bowling. The elegant right-hander struck an unbeaten 68 off 52 and took his team home with more than two overs to spare. Babar, as always, remains an exciting and fruitful captaincy pick.
2. Mohammad Rizwan (9.5 credits)
Rizwan, the wicketkeeper, was the other big hero of Pakistan’s victory. The aggressive right-hand batter made a fantastic 79 not out off 55 balls. His opener partnership with Babar gave India no openings to get back in the contest. Rizwan played his role to perfection, as he went up a gear in the powerplay when Babar was still settling in and made sure that India could never pile on the pressure on his team.
3. Shaheen Afridi (9 credits)
With an opening burst of great pace and swing, Shaheen set just the right tone for Pakistan against India. The young left-arm quick got the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, which were the two massive blows that India never really recovered from. Shaheen also took the wicket of great Virat Kohli to end with figures of 3/31. In this rich vein of form and rhythm, Shaheen is definitely an attractive captaincy choice.
PAK vs NZ Dream11 Budget Picks
1. Glenn Phillips (8.5 credits)
Phillips has been magnificent for New Zealand in T20I cricket. The right-hand batter had a strike-rate of 184.84 with an average of 40.66 in New Zealand’s extended home T20I season last winter. Through his stints in CPL in the Caribbean and the T20 Blast in UK, Phillips has also shown that he can adjust to a varying set of conditions and he isn’t a one-trick pony.
2. Mitchell Santner (8.5 credits)
The nature of the surface in Sharjah makes Santner a player of great significance for New Zealand. The skiddish left-arm spinner shall relish that track. Santner has a decent T20I record next to his name with the ball. He has taken 60 wickets from his 52 outings with an economy rate of 7.38 despite playing a lot of those games on flat pitches at home on venues with small boundary dimensions.
3. Shadab Khan (8.5 credits)
Given the class of Babar, Rizwan and Shaheen, it is very easy for Shadab to fly under the radar. But the young wristspinner played his part to perfection in the victory over India. During the crucial middle-overs, Shadab kept the pressure on the Indian batters and gave away just 22 runs off his 4 overs with a crucial wicket of Rishabh Pant. In Sharjah, Shadab will be expected to continue producing the goods for his team.
Mega League Team for PAK vs NZ Dream11 Contest
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam (vc), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Imad Wasim, Lockie Ferguson, Shadab Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Shaheen Afridi (c), Haris Rauf
Small/Head to Head Team for PAK vs NZ Dream11 Contest
Mohammad Rizwan (wk & vc), Kane Williamson, Babar Azam (c), Glenn Phillips, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Mitchell Santner, Shadab Khan, Trent Boult, Hassan Ali, Shaheen Afridi