COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: New Zealand v Pakistan on January 6
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New Zealand and Pakistan kick off their five-match ODI series in Wellington with the visitors looking to end their poor recent record against the Black Caps. New Zealand thrashed West Indies in all three forms in their most recent series, winning both test matches by huge margins before a 3-0 whitewash in the ODIs and a 2-0 series win in the T20s. It was the perfect response to their tour of India in October, during which they lost both the ODI and T20 series 2-1 - both having gone down to the final game. Pakistan have not won an ODI match in New Zealand since a 3-2 series victory in 2011. Since then, they have toured New Zealand twice, losing both ODI matches in 2015 and suffering a 2-0 series defeat, with a third game washed out, in 2016. New Zealand also won the last time they faced Pakistan in the UAE. Pakistan's most recent ODI match in New Zealand saw the hosts win a rain-affected match by three wickets. New Zealand are favorites to beat Pakistan in Wellington in the first ODI.
Best economical pick – With green tops on offer, the series will be a battle between talented pacers from both the sides. Trent Boult, took ten wickets in the three-match series against the West Indies last month - including a match-winning 7-34 in the second game.
Top captains & vice captains – New Zealand will hope the form of Colin Munro will carry on from the recently-concluded T20 series against West Indies, after the opener sealed a Black Caps' series win by smashing his third T20 international century in the final game. He also hit 66 off 23 balls before rain ruined the second match in the series to prove he is in big-hitting form. Martin Guptill will join him at the top of the order, having proved his own return to form with 63 in the final T20 against the West Indies.
Smart pick – Hasan Ali was Pakistan’s player-of-the-tournament in the October series against Sri Lanka, after picking up 14 wickets in the 5-0 win. Ali also impressed in the T20 series which followed, collecting six wickets.
Cautious Pick – It will be interesting to see how Fakhar Zaman copes with the New Zealand pacers, considering he was performed very poor against Sri Lanka in UAE not too long ago as his technique was found wanting.
My XI – Colin Munro (Captain), Martin Guptil (Vice-Captain), Trent Boult, Hasan Ali, Tom Latham, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Mitchell Santner, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Tim Southee