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Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI Betting Tips 17/09/2021

Teams Status

Pakistan

With the T20 World Cup just a month away, it’s an odd choice to be indulging in 50-over cricket but the New Zealand cricket team’s drought breaking tour of Pakistan does not just serve as a tune up.

The Kiwis will be playing cricket on Pakistani soil after 18 years, and so their cricket board was never going to let this chance go. Had there been more time, they’d have even loved to stage a Test series but England will follow New Zealand to Pakistan soon after.

Pakistan last played ODI cricket in July on their tour of England and were whitewashed 3-0. On home soil, they fared better in the format, defeating South Africa 2-1 back in April. Those were their only two forays in the format.

The Green Shirts have named a strong squad for the series, with almost everyone who was expected to make the cut making the cut.

New Zealand

What happened to New Zealand in Bangladesh is no secret. The same touring party has been retained. It’s a roster that is fresh off being defeated 3-2 in a T20I series in Bangladesh. It’s also a roster that is missing almost their entire cream of talent pool.

Despite this pretty much being New Zealand versus Pakistan, the Black Caps would be hoping to play competitive cricket. Their optimism would stem from the fact that they encountered absolutely shambolic conditions for batting in Bangladesh and still only lost 3-2.

That, and Pakistan’s vulnerability to implode under seemingly easy situations would give them hope.

New Zealand does not have a great ODI record against Pakistan. In fact, when the last time these two met, it was the World Cup 2019 and Pakistan had beaten the Kiwis courtesy a masterful century by Babar Azam.

The classy right-handed batsman could once again prove to be the thorn for New Zealand as he averages an astonishing 84.20 in ODIs on home soil.

What do the Sportsbook Say

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Pakistan are the favourites for this fixture. 22Bet has Pakistan priced at 1.32 and New Zealand at 3.36. Betway has Pakistan available for 1.25 and New Zealand at 3.75. Lastly, Dafabet has Pakistan priced at 1.35 and New Zealand at 3.35.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Pakistan to win series 2-1

Pakistan have a recent history of taking their foot off the gas against lesser opponents, especially at home. Back in April, they lost to Zimbabwe in a T20I at home, and dropped a match in both ODI and T20I series against South Africa. They don’t really have a ruthless streak to them and that gives visiting teams a slight bit of chance on their turf. Moreover, the T20I series follows soon after this one, which means that even if Pakistan win the first two games, in the third one they are likely to field a significantly weakened side, which means that New Zealand should nick one. The play here is to back Pakistan to win the series 2-1 at odds of 2.62 with Betway.

Tip: Babar Azam to score 50 runs – Yes @ 2.375

Did we tell you that Babar Azam averages a mind-boggling 84 in ODIs played in Pakistan? The Pakistan skipper is almost unstopped on home soil. He must also be keen to make a great first impression on new PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who is rumoured to be keeping a close eye on the team’s leadership. Thus, Azam is likely to give his all and score some runs that might restore confidence in Raja regarding his ability. The play here is to back Azam to score 50 runs or more at odds of 2.375 with 22Bet.

Conclusion

There is no way New Zealand should be able to get anything from this match but then they’re facing Pakistan, from whom anything can be expected – even in a mismatch. 

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