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PAK vs NZ Match Details

Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st Test | New Zealand tour of Pakistan 

Date: Monday, 26 Dec 2022 

Time: 10:00 (GMT+5) / 10:30 (GMT+5.5) / 11:00 (GMT+6)

Format: Test

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

PAK vs NZ Preview

  • For Pakistan, this season, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, and Abrar Ahmed have displayed respectable play.
  • For New Zealand, the five-day schedule has gone well for Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee, and Matt Henry.
  • Pakistan was humiliated by England earlier this week, losing 3-0.


At National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan will compete against New Zealand. On Monday, December 26, at 10:00 local time, the first of these two Tests begins. 

The hosts enter this series coming off their first home three-match Test series thrashing at the hands of England earlier this month by a score of 3-0. Pakistan will be seeking to rebound in this game after losing the last Test of that series in Karachi.

Tim Southee, an accomplished swing bowler who took over for Kane Williamson earlier this month, will serve as New Zealand’s new captain for this Test match. This will be New Zealand’s first game in this format since their 3-0 defeat in June against England.

PAK vs NZ Weather Report

All five days of the Test match are scheduled to have bright skies and a light breeze.

PAK vs NZ Match Toss Prediction

Both teams will be anxious to choose the victor, bat first, and produce a lofty total. The team batting second won the preceding Test match.

PAK vs NZ Pitch Report

The National Cricket Stadium’s prepared wicket has something for bowlers. On this surface, the batsmen will have to work very hard for their runs.

Pakistan Team News & Probable Playing XIs

In the series against England, Pakistan had two outstanding batting performances. The best run scorer for the hosts was Captain Babar Azam, who finished with three half-centuries and a century. Saud Shakeel, who played alongside the captain, scored four half-centuries in his first Test series, and he will go into this Test full of confidence.

Recent form – L L L L W 

Pakistan’s Probable XI

Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Agha, Shan Masood, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Nauman Ali, and Naseem Shah.  

New Zealand News & Probable Playing XIs

Because many of New Zealand’s players play in several formats, they will have already faced many of Pakistan’s bowlers in white ball matches earlier this year. Kane Williamson, a former captain, Devon Conway, Tom Latham, and Daryl Mitchell all enter this Test in top form for this format.

Recent form – L L L L W 

New Zealand’s Probable XI

Tim Southee (C), Tom Blundell (wk), Henry Nicholls, Will Young,  Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, and Michael Bracewell

Team Won Lost No result
Pakistan 1 4 0
New Zealand 4 1 0

PAK vs NZ Prediction

Winning the toss

Top batsman

  • Pakistan – Babar Azam    
  • New Zealand –  Devon Conway

Top bowler

  • Pakistan – Naseem Shah   
  • New Zealand – Tim Southee

Most sixes

  • Pakistan – Babar Azam  
  • New Zealand –  Devon Conway

Player of the Match

Team Scores Batting First

  • Pakistan – 350+
  • New Zealand – 300+

Pakistan is the favourite to win this match.


This series should be exciting because both sides are struggling in this format, and Pakistan and New Zealand might try to imitate England’s offensive batting strategy from earlier in December. Since New Zealand hasn’t played in this format since June, we anticipate that they will be competitive yet inconsistent. Overall, we believe Pakistan will prevail.

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