New Zealand will be playing Pakistan in their second T20I series of the season which is due to take place on Sunday, 20th of December 2020 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
In the T20I series opener against Pakistan, New Zealand won by a whopping 5 wickets in Auckland on Friday, 18th December with Jacob Duffy being declared as the Man Of The Match. Jacob Duffy had a debut to remember as he took a 4 for 33 in the powerplay. With Pakistan winning the toss and choosing to bat, the Shadab Khan-led side had a horrible start as they lost 5 wickets for 39 within the first nine overs. However, Pakistan's batting looked extremely fragile at the top of the order. Both the teams are missing a number of key players this season including their regular captains Babar Azam and Kane Williamson. The host managed to snap the five-match winning streak of Pakistan against them in the 20-over format. The duo last faced each other in T20I 2018-19 held in Dubai where Pakistan won all the three match series. I have assorted three of the best player bets to bet on for you, which are most likely to win.
The wicket-keeper batsman, Tim Seifert put up a quality attack against Pakistan in the opening game of the series that pumped all the way up and produced a half century. He drove the chase for the KIwis, getting to a fifty off just 35 balls. He scored 57 runs from 43 balls including six boundaries and one six. Having said that, let's take a look at Seifert's career summary. Tim Seifert has played a total of 28 T20I matches between the span of 2018-2020 with an average of 23.86 and 549 runs including 43 boundaries and 31 sixes. He sprung into the news after he blasted his way to the quickest T20 ton in New Zealand's domestic history. He holds a record of playing 4 matches against Pakistan so far. He has played 22 matches at home with 500 runs at an average of 29.41. Under the captainship of Mitchell Santner he has played a total of only two matches so far with an average of 57. LeoVegas has offered odds of 1.86 for Tim Seifert to score over 23.5 runs which is a safe bet for you to put your money on.
In the first T20I match against Pakistan, held at the Eden Park in Auckland Glenn Phillips combined with Seifert contributed a 44-run stand putting New Zealand chase on the right track. Phillips made a 23 run chase on 18 balls including two boundaries and one six. He smashed a 46-ball century in the recently concluded T20I match earlier this month against the West Indies, the fastest in T20Is by a New Zealand Batsman. The big-hitting right-handed batsman from New Zealand has only played 15 matches in the format now with 293 runs and an average of 24.41 including 22 boundaries and 17 sixes. He holds an impressive average of 29.87 from 10 matches played for home team, New Zealand with 239 runs including 17 boundaries and 16 sixes. He has so far played six matches against Pakistan and nearly three years later, Phillips faced Pakistan this time as a more versatile batsman, with New Zealand's fastest T20I century to his name. Sportsbet has offered odds of 1.85 for Glenn Phillips to score over 21.5 runs, which he is bound to deliver keeping in track his current form.
The right-handed batsman from Pakistan has a career history of playing 97 T20I matches, with a total of 2183 runs scored and an impressive average of 26.62 including 220 boundaries and 63 sixes. He has a strong domestic performance with an average of 44 playing for home team, Pakistan. Hafeez has faced New Zealand in 15 matches, and has scored 412 runs with an average of 31.69 including 43 boundaries and 16 sixes. He has featured in 39 away matches with 1110 runs and an average of 32.64 including 107 boundaries and 38 sixes. Under the captaincy of Babar Azam, he has already played a total of 7 matches this year with an average of 91.66 including 24 boundaries and 12 sixes. He has himself captained 29 matches between the span of 2012-2014 where he holds an average of 28.96 with 753 runs. Sportsbet has offered odds of 1.85 for Mohammad Hafeez to score over 21.5 runs which considering his batting statistics is a winner bet.
Tim Seifert to score above 23.5 runs - @1.86 (LeoVegas.com)
Glen Phillips to score over 21.5 runs - @1.85 (LeoVegas.com)
Mohammad Hafeez to score over 21.5 runs - @1.85 (Sportsbet.com)