Check our Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing Team Picks for 1st ODI

It’s now time to shift the action towards the ODIs as the hosts Pakistan will clash against New Zealand in the 3 matches series starting from Monday. It’s an ODI World Cup year and both sides will be keen to get going on a winning note.

Match Details:

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st ODI

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Date & Time: January 9th, at 3:00 PM IST and 2:30 PM Local Time

Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network

What is the pitch report for PAK vs NZ, 1st ODI?

Usually, the surface here at Karachi is good for batting and the bowlers need to toil hard to earn wickets. We can expect a high-scoring battle between the sides here.

Recent form:

Pakistan: Won Won Won Won Won

New Zealand: NR NR Won Lost Lost

PAK vs NZ, 1st ODI Probable Winners:

Pakistan are expected to win this match.

What is the expected, Probable Playing XIs for PAK vs NZ, 1st ODI?


Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

New Zealand

Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Henry Shipley / Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

Injury Updates:

Shadab Khan has fractured his right index finger which rules him out of the ODI series against New Zealand.

What are the Top Picks, players for Dream11, My11circle and MPL for PAK vs NZ, 1st ODI?

Top Pick Batter

Imam-ul-Haq was impeccable in the home series last year against Australia and West Indies where he collected 497 runs in 6 matches which included 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries.

Top Pick All-Rounder

Mitchell Santner is a silent performer for New Zealand who controls the game well in the middle phases. In his 87 ODIs, he has scalped 87 wickets with the best figures of 5 for 50 and scored 1057 runs at an average of 27.81.

Top Pick Bowler

Haris Rauf is known for his aggression and doesn’t give away runs easily. He hits the deck hard and has got excellent slower ones as well. In his 15 ODIs, he has picked up 29 wickets at an economy of 5.79.

Top Pick Wicketkeeper

Tom Latham scored the most number of runs for New Zealand in ODIs last year. In 13 innings, he has amassed 558 runs at an average of 55.8 with the highest score of 145*.


Kane Williamson will quickly get adjusted to the conditions and that’s what great players do. His numbers are outstanding in the ODI format. In 158 ODIs, he scored 6390 runs at an average of 47.68, including 13 centuries and 40 half-centuries.

What are the fantasy suggested teams for PAK vs NZ, 1st ODI?

1. Tom Latham, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (vc), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq (c), Agha Salman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim

2. Tom Latham (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (vc), Lockie Ferguson, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

Pre-Match Analysis:

Pakistan hasn’t featured in the ODI series since their 3-0 away win over the Netherlands in August last year. They hosted Australia and West Indies in 2022 and won by 2-1 and 3-0 respectively. Now they need to be more focused as they are facing New Zealand who always comes prepared well for overseas tours. Agha Salman who was impressive in the home Test series against New Zealand and England likely to keep his place. Shadab Khan’s injury has forced him to rule out of the series which is a big blow for Men in Green. Haris Sohail will make his way to the ODI side after a gap of two long years. Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Wasim will form the pace battery. A lot has been expected from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in this series. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will open the innings for them.

New Zealand will play 3 matches ODI series in Pakistan before they move to India to play as many ODIs and T20Is. They recently won the rain-hit series against India 1-0 in their own backyard. The tall 26-year-old all-rounder Henry Shipley has earned his maiden National call-up for his consistent domestic performances. Tom Latham plays spin really well and his form across the format is overwhelming. Kane Williamson will captain the side in this series. Finn Allen will be given an extended run to open the innings. Matt Henry is out of the tour and Doug Bracewell will replace him in the squad. They are likely to go with 3 seamers and 2 spinners for the series opener.

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