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Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Predictions & Tips - Azam backed to score in Rawalpindi

  • Pakistan vs New Zealand predictions for Friday’s ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Rawalpindi at 10:30 BST
  • Babar Azam scored 158 runs in his last ODI match
  • Can Azam put a weakened Black Caps outfit to the sword?
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Babar Azam scored 158 runs in his last ODI match (Getty Images)
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Ralph Staniforth 16 Sep 2021
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Pakistan vs New Zealand Predictions


Babar Azam will be looking to continue the form he showed in his last ODI series. He is backed to score over 30.5 runs as my best bet against a much weakened New Zealand side.
  • Pakistan vs New Zealand Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Pakistan Form
  • Pakistan Injuries & Team News
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Injuries & Team News
  • Pakistan vs New Zealand Live Stream FAQ

  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam scored 158 runs in his last ODI match.
  • Pakistan’s Babar Azam has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 5 limited overs matches.
  • New Zealand’s Tom Latham has scored 50+ runs in 2 of his last 4 T20 matches.

Head to Head


Pakistan and New Zealand are level at 2-2 in their last four ODI matches. When they last met at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan beat the Black Caps by six wickets.

Pakistan Form


Pakistan will be hoping for an improved showing on home soil after losing their last ODI series 3-0 in England. Since Pakistan returned to cricket from the COVID-19 break, they have played nine matches, won four, lost four and tied one.

In the 3rd ODI against England, Pakistan batted first, scoring 331 run. Babar Azam hit a magnificent 158 from 139 balls.

Despite Harris Rauf’s 4-65, Pakistan couldn’t defend the total as England won by three wickets in Birmingham.

Pakistan Injuries & Team News


Pakistan are at full strength. They will fancy their chances against a much weakened Black Caps outfit.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand have not played much ODI cricket in 2021. Their only series came in a 3-0 series win at home against Bangladesh in March.

Devon Conway has enjoyed a breakout year for New Zealand and scored 126 runs in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh. He was supported by Daryl Mitchell who hit 100 off 92 balls as the Black Caps posted a 318-run total.

James Neesham took 5-27 and Matt Henry 4-27 as New Zealand bowled the visitors out for 154 runs. New Zealand however arrive in Pakistan after being dismantled by Bangladesh in a recent T20 series.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


New Zealand are missing a number of stars for this series with the IPL start over the weekend. Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Trent Boult and Tim Southee are all absent.

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Verdict

Babar Azam scored 158 runs in his last ODI innings. I am backing him to score over 30.5 runs and be Pakistan's best batsman. 

For New Zealand, Tom Latham has been consistent of late. He is tipped to top score for the Black Caps.

Best Bet: Azam Over 30.5 Runs Over/Under Runs $1.83 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Best Pakistan Batsman Tip: Babar Azam Best Pakistan Batsman $2.62 at Neds - 1 Unit
Best New Zealand Batsman Tip: Tom Latham Best New Zealand Batsman $3.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Babar Azam Man of the Match $8.00 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit

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