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New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Phillips to steer New Zealand to victory

  • New Zealand play Pakistan in the 1st T20 at Eden Park on Friday
  • The Black Caps beat the West Indies in 2-0 in their most recent T20 series
  • Glenn Phillips smashed 108 runs off 51 balls in his last T20 match
  • Pakistan come into the series off the back of a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe
  • Babar Azam will miss this series through injury
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Glenn Phillips scored 108 runs in his last T20 match (Getty Images)

New Zealand and Pakistan meet for the 1st T20 International at Eden Park on Friday. Home conditions should give the Black Caps the edge while young batsmen Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips will look to continue their fine start to international cricket.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand recently beat West Indies 2-0 in a three-match T20 series on home soil. After winning the first two matches the third one was rained out.

During that series New Zealand blooded some youngsters with key figures such as Kane Williamson being rested. Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway took full advantage of their opportunity, scoring 68 and 108 runs respectively in the 2nd T20.

In that match the Black Caps scored a huge total of 238 runs at Mount Maunganui. The West Indies were never really in with a chance as they fell 72 runs short on 166.

New Zealand Team News


Veteran batsman Ross Taylor has been dropped from the T20 squad. Kane Williamson and Trent Boult both return after missing the series against the West Indies. It is not clear whether they will both feature in the opening match.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the series with a back injury while Jacob Duffy takes his place in the squad.

Pakistan Form


Pakistan come into this series off the back of a 3-0 series win at home against Zimbabwe. Opposition and home conditions need to be taken into account, but Pakistan remain one of the top T20 sides in the world.

Zimbabwe batted first in the final T20 in Rawalpindi and scored a measly 129 runs. Usman Qadir bowled magnificent, taking 4-13 in four overs.

Pakistan hardly broke a sweat in the run chase, achieving the total in under 16 overs. Abdulla Shafique scored 41 runs while Khushdil Shah added 36. They were both unbeaten at the end in an eight wicket victory.

Pakistan Team News


The big and bad news for Pakistan is that world No.2 batsman, Babar Azam has been ruled out of the series after breaking his thumb in practice.

New Zealand vs Pakistan Head to Head


Pakistan have won their last five T20 matches against New Zealand. Their last encounter took place in November 2018 where Pakistan won by 47 runs.

New Zealand vs Pakistan Odds


New Zealand are priced at 1.53 to win with Pakistan offering odds of 2.50 with bet365.

Martin Guptill is the favourite to be the Black Caps best batsman at 3.60. For Pakistan Haider Ali is valued at 4.50 to be the top scorer.

New Zealand vs Pakistan Match Up


The loss of Babar Azam is huge for Pakistan. He is the one batsman that could consistently deal with foreign conditions and score big runs. New Zealand doesn’t have a good record against Pakistan in T20 cricket but they were in superb form against the West Indies.

New Zealand vs Pakistan Stats


  • New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips scored 108 runs in his last T20 match.
  • New Zealand’s Devon Conway scored 65 runs in his last T20 match.
  • New Zealand have won their last T20 series 2-0.
  • Pakistan’s Haider Ali scored 66 & 27 runs in his last 2 T20 matches.
  • Pakistan have won their last 4 T20 matches.

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Where is the New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 match being played?

The New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 match is being played at the Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

When is the New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 match being played?

The New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20 match is being played on Friday 18 December 2020.

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Verdict

I'm backing Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips to score runs as New Zealand win 1st T20 against Pakistan.

Best Bet: Conway Over 22.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Phillips 50+ Runs To Score 50+ Runs in Match @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Best Pakistan Batsman Tip: Haider Ali Best Pakistan Batsman @350.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Mega Bet: Batsman 100+ Runs Yes Batsman To Score 100+ Runs in Match @600.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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