New Zealand and Pakistan will play their first Test of the series at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, the 26th of December.
The World Test Championship is going to have a flurry of matches to have you glued to the screens on Boxing Day. The Kiwis will be facing Pakistan for their 1st Test at Mount Maunganui and this is the first time the teams are going to be facing here. New Zealand has won 4 of the 5 five previous matches faced with Pakistan, and also on the heels of their win in the T20I format. The Kiwis are at 3rd place in the World Test Championships, but if they could get 2-0 from the matches they would become the favourites to win. The odds to bet on the Kiwis are not that high, but I have handpicked the three best team bets so that you can make a winning from the game.
I have found a winning bet for you with this one! Both the teams have excellent bowling squads, with Tim Southee and Neil Wagner bowling for the Kiwis and Shaheen Afridi and Yasir Shah bowling for Pakistan, the two teams will be careful about not getting out. When we look at previous matches played between the two teams, the total number of sixes hit in the last 5 head to head matches were 19 (5, 5, 2, 4,3) with an average of 3.8, these teams were not able to hit over 9.5 sixes at all in the 5 matches. While these two teams have never played at Bay Oval, I further checked the last 5 matches for the teams and Pakistan has hit a total of 17 sixes, at an average of 3.4, and they have conceded a total of 15 sixes in the 5 games at an average of 3.0. New Zealand has hit a total of 21 sixes at 4.2 and conceded 22 sixes at 4.4. These numbers clearly speak volumes, and RoyalPanda.com has offered odds of 1.90 for the total number of 6’s hit to be under 9.5, which is a winner.
New Zealand has a volley of openers, Latham, Williamson, Blundell, Young have all come out as the openers in some games but despite the variety, New Zealand scores pretty inconsistently in their opening partnerships. In the last 5 head to head matches between the teams, New Zealand had an average opening partnership of 44.43 from 7 innings but if we look at their average against Pakistan, it has been abysmal at 15.11 with a total of 136 runs, Even in the first innings, their average has been just 21.0 with a total of just 105 runs(24, 50, 20, 5, 6) with them scoring over 30.5 just once. Pakistan has conceded partnerships similarly with an average of 16.55 from their last five matches, which is a testament to their bowlers’ strength. LeoVegas.com has offered odds of 1.86 for New Zealand to have an opening partnership under 30.5 runs.
I have to tell you, this bet is not the easiest to spot, but if you read ahead, you will realize how sure this bet is. Pakistan has scored a massive total of 404 runs from their last 10 innings in 6 matches, but that is just because they scored an absurd 278 runs against Sri Lanka in one innings which bloats their general average. Even in that match in the first innings, Pakistan had a meager partnership of 10 runs. In the first innings in the last 6 matches, Pakistan has scored 83 runs (12, 6, 36, 2, 10, 3) from their games at an average of 16.6, scoring over 22.5 just once. Even in their last 5 head to head matches, Pakistan has an average of 16.6 runs from their 1st innings. Leovegas.com has offered odds of 1.86 for Pakistan to have a partnership under 22.5 runs in the 1st innings.
Total Match Sixes to be under 9.5 - @1.90 (RoyalPanda.com)
New Zealand to have an opening partnership under 30.5 runs in the 1st innings..- @1.86 (LeoVegas.com)
Pakistan to have a partnership under 22.5 runs in the 1st innings.- @1.84 (LeoVegas.com)