PAK vs NZ Today Match Prediction: Who will win 1st ODI, Top Performers, Pitch & Weather Report

 

Pakistan hosted New Zealand
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Pak vs New Zealand 1st ODI today match prediction Babar Azam’s Pakistan and Tom Latham’s New Zealand will face off in the first ODI of the five-match series in Rawalpindi. After fighting out a 2-2 stalemate in the recently concluded T20I series, the two sides are back in the ODI clash with another five-match contest in the World Cup year. Let us see how these two fare against each other in the 1st ODI at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

New Zealand team looks vulnerable to retain its record

The New Zealand team is without some of its key players as some of them are away on IPL duty while Kane Williamson and Kyle Jamieson are nursing their injuries. New Zealand first played an ODI series against Pakistan in January 2023 and won it 2–1. Notably, they are unbeaten against Pakistan in bilateral ODI series home or away since 2014. They want to retain the record.

Pakistan look to fine-tune and gather pace

Meanwhile, Pakistan is not only looking to break the shackles of 9 years but also want to get some momentum under its belt. Pakistan captain Babar Azam said that the series “offers them a great opportunity to fine-tune their combination and get some momentum ahead of mega events in the form of the Asia Cup and the much-anticipated World Cup.

pitch and weather

The pitch of the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is considered a good pitch for batting. The surface is flat and batsmen enjoy batting here.

There is a 25% chance of rain in the afternoon, while the chance of precipitation decreases to 4% by evening. Partly cloudy sky is expected in the evening.

Best Batsman Prediction: Mohammad Rizwan can be one batsman to watch out for. He was Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in the T20I series and leading in the last ODI series between the two sides in January 2023.

Best Bowler Prediction: Matt Henry could be a bowler to watch in the match. Henry was New Zealand’s leading wicket-taker in the recent T20I series. Also, in terms of leading ODI wicket-takers between these two among current players, Henry leads the tally with 20 scalps.

Match Winner Prediction: Pakistan