New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Predictions & Tips - Williamson to bat Black Caps to victory
- New Zealand vs Pakistan predictions for the 1st Test match
- The match will be played in Mount Maunganui at 22:00 GMT
- Pakistan’s star batsman, Babar Azam has been ruled out of the 1st Test
- I am tipping Kane Williamson to return to the Test fold with a bang
- Read on for more free predictions & betting tips
Kane Williamson scored 251 runs in his last Test innings (Getty Images)
New Zealand vs Pakistan Predictions
Kane Williamson scored big in his last Test innings so is backed go score agian. Tom Latham has perhaps been New Zealand's most consistent batsmen over recent times with scores of 50+ in three of his last four matches.
- New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls scored 174 in his last Test innings.
- New Zealand’s Tom Latham has scored 50+ runs in 3 of his last 4 Test innings’.
- New Zealand’s Kane Williamson scored 251 runs in his last Test innings.
- Pakistan’s Azhar Ali scored 141 & 31 runs in his last Test match.
Head to Head
New Zealand have won four of their last five Test matches against Pakistan. Their last match took place in 2018 where New Zealand won by 123 runs in Abu Dhabi. Kane Williamson scored 89 and 139 runs in the match to take the Man of the Match award.
New Zealand Form
New Zealand recently beat the West Indies 2-0 in a two-match Test series on home soil. Both matches were dominated by New Zealand and in neither did the hosts need to bat a second time.
The 2nd Test took place in Wellington in the absence of captain, Kane Williamson. He was on paternity leave, but up stepped Henry Nicholls to score 174 runs in the first innings.
That led New Zealand to a total of 460 before they bowled the West Indies out for 131 and 317 runs to win by an innings and 12 runs. Tim Southee was the star of the first innings taking 5-32 while Trent Boult and Neil Wagner took three wickets each in the second innings.
Pakistan will however pose a greater threat to New Zealand, particularly from the bowling side.
New Zealand Injuries & Team News
Kane Williamson returns to the New Zealand Test squad after paternity leave. His place was taken by BJ Watling in the 2nd Test, but Will Young is likely to make way in this match.
Colin de Grandhomme is still out injured which means Daryl Mitchell will retain his place as the allrounder. There is still no place in the squad for Matt Henry who recently returned from injury.
Pakistan toured England in August 2020 where they impressed but lost the three-match series 1-0.
The 1st Test was evenly balanced but England managed to chase 277 runs to win by three wickets. The next two Test matches both ended in draws.
The 3rd Test saw England score mammoth 583 in the first innings. Pakistan responded with a meager 273 runs of which Azhar Ali scored 141 runs. They were forced to follow-on.
The rain came to Pakistan’s rescue as they ended on 187 for four by the end of day five. Babar Azam top scored with 63 runs.
Pakistan Injuries & Team News
Babar Azam has been ruled out of the 1st Test through injury in what is a massive blow to the visitors. Shadab Khan has a thigh injury and is also ruled out.
Azhar Ali will be heavily relied upon to score some runs in the absence of Babar Azam. Shan Masood is another who scored a big century against England in the 1st Test and could give New Zealand some problems.
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Kane Williamson and Tom Latham are both backed to score 50+ runs in the 1st innings. Williamson can also be looked at in the best batsman market.
Best Bet: Williamson 50+ Runs 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Latham 50+ Runs 50+ Runs in 1st Innings @125.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Best New Zealand 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Kane Williamson Best New Zealand 1st Innings Batsman @200.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Best Pakistan 1st Innings Batsman Tip: Azhar Ali Best Pakistan 1st Innings Batsman @240.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit