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New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 Tips & Live Stream - In-form Allen to take Black Caps to victory

Last updated: 11 Jan 2024
Ralph Staniforth 11 Jan 2024
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  • New Zealand vs Pakistan predictions for Friday’s 1st T20I cricket match
  • Finn Allen has been in superb form during he Super Smash
  • Can the Black Caps make it 3 in a row against Pakistan?
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New Zealand vs Pakistan Tips

New Zealand are very tough to beat on home soil, but Bangladesh recently showed that they can be put under pressure. I am however backing the hosts to win with both sides near full strength.
  • New Zealand vs Pakistan Tips
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Team News
  • Pakistan Form
  • Pakistan Team News

  • New Zealand have won their last 2 T20I matches against Pakistan.
  • New Zealand’s Finn Allen has scored 50+ runs in his last 2 T20 innings during the Super Smash.
  • Pakistan have not played T20I cricket since August 2023.
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam averages 40+ in T20I cricket.

Head to Head

New Zealand have won their last two T20I matches against Pakistan. They played a five-match series in April 2023, a series that was drawn 2-2 after the first two was won by Pakistan and the third ended as a no result.

New Zealand Form

New Zealand will be disappointed after their last T20I series at home which they drew against Bangladesh at the end of December 2023.

Bangladesh won the first game before the second game ended after 10 overs of the match due to inclement weather. In a must-win match for the Black Caps, they pulled off a victory on the Duckworth/Lewis method in the third game.

A superb bowling effort saw Bangladesh bowled out for 110 runs. New Zealand had to chase 95 to win, which they did for the loss of five wickets. They were in very early trouble but thanks to Finn Allen’s 31-ball 38, they won with relative comfort.

New Zealand Team News

Kane Williamson makes a return to the T20 format to captain the side. Devon Conway is also back while Finn Allen’s impressive performances should see him retain the opening birth.

Pakistan Form

Pakistan is a side relatively low on confidence at the moment and they have not played any T20I cricket since before the ODI World Cup in October last year.

That World Cup did not go according to plan either as Pakistan failed to reach the knockout stage. They then lost a three-match Test series 3-0 to Australia recently.

Pakistan Team News

Recently returned from injury, Shaheen Shah Afridi will captain Pakistan for this series. The big names are all present as well with Babar Azam sure to make an impact.


New Zealand are backed to beat Pakistan with the in-form Finn Allen to top score.

Babar Azam is tipped to be Pakistan's best batter.

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