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PAK vs NZ 1st T20I Pitch Report: Run fest on the cards with help for spinners at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

PAK vs NZ 1st T20I Pitch Report: Run fest on the cards with help for spinners at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

Ahead of the PAK vs NZ 1st T20I, let's take a look at how the pitch of Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is likely to behave.

Pakistan will be looking to build up momentum before the T20 World Cup 2024 when they take on New Zealand in a 5-match T20I series starting on Thursday. This will be Pakistan’s first T20I series since losing to New Zealand 1-4 earlier in the year.

The Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium will host the first game on April 18th. Pakistan will be led by Babar Azam who returns to captaincy after a lot of controversy, while Michael Bracewell will lead New Zealand in the absence of senior players. Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024, both teams will be keen to assert their dominance and build momentum. Ahead of the series opener, let’s look at what the PAK vs NZ Pitch Report looks like.

PAK vs NZ 1st T20I Pitch Report

The pitch in Rawalpindi is a batter’s paradise, so high scores in Thursday’s T20 match are probably in store. The early swing and bounce may benefit the Pacers, but as the inning goes on, this advantage wanes. Then, spinners might prove vital, taking wickets off a pitch that is drying out. A twist is that unpredictable weather with a chance of rain could favor spinners earlier on a wet surface. Anticipate a high-scoring T20 match, with the team that adjusts to the circumstances the best winning.

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T20I Stats at Rawalpindi Stadium

  • Total matches: 05
  • Matches won batting first: 0
  • Matches won bowling first: 04
  • Average 1st Inns scores: 155
  • Average 2nd Inns scores: 154
  • Highest total recorded: 194/4 (19.2 Ov) by New Zealand vs Pakistan
  • Lowest total recorded: 129/9 (20 Ov) by Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
  • Highest score chased: 194/4 (19.2 Ov) by New Zealand vs Pakistan
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