New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023: Pakistan vs New Zealand – 1st ODI Preview and Updates

Mark Chapman’s outstanding hitting performance propelled New Zealand to a resounding victory, securing a 2-2 T20I series tie with Pakistan. It was an outstanding performance by the severely depleted visiting Kiwi team against a full-strength Pakistan at home. The focus will now shift to the five-match ODI series, which will begin on April 27th at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. In an ODI series earlier this year, New Zealand defeated Pakistan 2-1 at home. However, because the majority of their key players are currently competing in the IPL, the home team will start as favorites.

The 1st ODI between Pakistan vs New Zealand will take place on April 27th, 2023 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

Match Details to Note

Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 2023

Date: April 27, 2023 (Thursday)                                                   

Time: 4:00 PM IST

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Pakistan (Match Odds – 1.35):


Pakistan will be disappointed that they did not win the T20I series against New Zealand. They had their best team available but fell short. They can, however, make amends in the ODI series.

This is a very well-balanced unit with a lot of good options in both departments. Captain Babar Azam is expected to take the lead. He’s the man in form for Pakistan, having scored 647 runs at an average of 73 in his last ten matches, and will pose the most difficult challenge to the Kiwi bowlers in the series. It would not be surprising if he ends up with the most runs in the series.

Another batter to keep an eye on is Fakhar Zaman (375 runs in the last 10 matches at an average of 37.50). Mohammad Rizwan, who scored an unbeaten 98 off 62 balls in the final T20I, is expected to play in the ODIs as well.

Pakistan has a plethora of excellent bowling options for these pitches. Of course, Shaheen Shah Afridi will lead the pace attack. However, it is young speedster Naseem Shah (18 wickets in his last five matches at an outstanding strike rate of 14.94) who could pose the most serious threat to the opposition. Mohammad Nawaz’s spin (17 wickets in the last 9 matches at an economy of 4.35) will be useful on this surface.

Full Squad:

Babar Azam (c), Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood

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Possible Playing XI:

Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir

New Zealand (Match Odds – 3.20):


New Zealand has given themselves a huge boost by tying the T20I series 2-2. They will face a greater challenge in the One-Day Internationals. In the absence of regulars such as Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, and Mitchell Santner, the visitors will have to punch above their weight to make an impression.

Mark Chapman led the T20I run-scoring charts with 290 runs at an impressive strike rate of 165.71. He has been called up to the ODI squad and will be crucial in the middle order.

In the absence of the other experienced batters, Tom Latham will bring all of his experience and will have to lead from the front. The other two batters who can make an impact are Tom Blundell and Daryl Mitchell.

New Zealand’s bowling attack lacks experience, but they can do the job, as evidenced by their performance in the T20I series. Matt Henry was the team’s most successful bowler in the series, taking six wickets at a 14.66 average. Along with Adam Milne (4 wickets at 29.75 average), he will lead the pace attack. The Kiwis can rely on Ish Sodhi’s experience in the spin department to keep the runs in check.

Full Squad:

Tom Latham (c), Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Adam Milne, Cole McConchie, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young

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Possible Playing XI:

Tom Latham (c), Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Tom Blundell (wk), Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi

Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head

Pakistan and New Zealand have played 110 One-Day Internationals (ODIs). New Zealand has won 50 of the 110 games, while Pakistan has won 56 of them. Three matches ended in a tie. 1 match ended in a tie.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in ODIs

Matches Played PAK Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 110 56 50 1 3

Pakistan vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

In limited overs cricket, teams generally prefer to chase these days, especially in day-night games where dew helps the chasing side. The team that wins the toss here will almost certainly bat first.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Pitch Report

Across 24 ODIs, the average score batting first at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is 236. Recent matches, however, have revealed that the pitch has become exceptionally flat. This year, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has seen five of the highest team scores in Pakistan Super League history. With the boundaries being relatively short and the outfield being quick, another high-scoring match is highly likely. As a result, the team that bats first should aim for a total of 320 runs.

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In recent years, the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium pitch has proven to be a batting paradise. It helps seamers in the first few overs, but once the shine wears off the ball, batters can dig in and hit big runs.

The weather in Rawalpindi is expected to be cloudy and pleasant during the match.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction

In ODIs, Pakistan leads New Zealand 56-50. Furthermore, they are unbeaten in the format at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium against the Kiwis. Given the balance of their squad and the inexperience of the New Zealand lineup, the hosts will start as favorites in this game. It will be more difficult for the visitors to win games in the ODI series based on some freak knocks, as they will require a lot more consistency from the batting unit. Their batters may not disappoint, but their bowling attack, which tends to leak a lot of runs, may be their biggest detriment. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Pakistan is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.35.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Haris Rauf, Pakistan’s premier white-ball speedster, had a forgettable individual outing against New Zealand in the previous series, taking only one wicket in three appearances.

However, the 29-year-old has regained his form just in time to play in front of his home crowd. Rauf was the highest wicket-taker in the T20I series, taking 11 wickets in five appearances, and he’ll be hoping to carry that form into the longer format as well.

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