Pakistan vs New Zealand: prediction and bets on ODI 2021, September 17, 2021
Pakistan hosts the men’s cricket series against New Zealand, which will start with the 1st One Day International (ODI), on September 17, at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. Moscow time).
New Zealand’s cricket team arrived in Pakistan for its first visit to this country in 18 years, with batting coach Thilan Samaraweera making a return to the country where he was shot in 2009. Back then, he was a member of the Sri Lankan team that was ambushed by extremists outside Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium. Samaraweera was shot in the left thigh and had to return to the field three months after surgery. Since 2019, he has been a member of the New Zealand team.
International teams have refused to travel to Pakistan as a result of the assaults, forcing its national team to play in neutral sites like the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2002, a bomb incident outside its team hotel in Karachi forced the New Zealand cricket delegation to cut short a trip to Pakistan. In 2003, their final trip to Pakistan, the ‘Kiwis’ returned to play five One Day Internationals. Now, the New Zealand team was transported to their hotel in a bullet-proof bus last weekend. Pakistan has hosted Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bangladesh, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka in the last six years as the country’s security has improved. New Zealand will play three ODIs in Rawalpindi (September 17, 19, and 21) and five Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore (September 25, 26, 29, and October 1 and 3).
The current New Zealand squad is disadvantaged by the absence of eight key players, including captain Kane Williamson, who will play in the rescheduled Indian Premier League in the UAE beginning next week. Due to the lack of a Decision Review System, the series will not be included in the ICC World Cup Super League. The New Zealand Cricket Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board have also set a date for making up the Super League fixtures.
Due to the absence of plenty of key players of New Zealand, Pakistan poses as the favorite to win the upcoming match. A bookmaker with sign-up deposit bonuses as a part of its promotions packages (100 % bonus on the first deposit up to 100 EUR), 1xBet, offers a 1.57 odd on such a result, which we recommend to take advantage of.