New Zealand once again showed how dominant they are at home, even a score of 160 plus was chased with ease by the kiwis in the 2nd T20I. With the 3-match series already sealed in their favor, it is now time for the visitors to evade an embarrassing 3-0 whitewash.
The 3rd T20I between the two sides is set to take place on Tuesday at McLean Park in Napier and the 2009 T20I WC winners- Pakistan will have to step it up in order to restore some pride in the ongoing tour.
The second T20I saw the visitors win the toss and electing to bat first, the captain did mention that the reason was taken because of the flatness of the track. Pakistan was once again not able to capitalize on the toss as the openers failed to get going. It was the experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez who held the knots together with his blistering knock of 99* of 57 balls and ensured his team reached a fighting total of 163.
The brilliance of opener Tim Seifert along with the calm and timely innings of the New Zealand skipper Kane Willaimson made sure that the black caps went on the win the match by 9 wickets and also kept their winning streak intact.
Can the visitors bounce back to evade a white-wash? Or will it be the Kiwis who once again dominate the proceedings?
Match Toss Time: 18:30 Local (11:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 19:00 Local (11:30 IST)
Match Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Though it has been raining the last few days in Napier, it is expected to be clear and sunny on the match day. Said that the continuous rainfall is likely to have made the outfield slightly on the slower side. The temperature is expected to hover in the 22-19 degree celsius and humidity at the peak is anticipated to touch the 67 percent mark.
There could not be a better place for the batsmen to be, the pitch in McLean Park could be called the batting paradise and there is absolutely nothing for the bowlers. The short boundaries will only add to the pressure on the bowlers. The team batting first should be looking to set a target of more than 190 as anything below that is likely to be chased down.
New Zealand showcased a dominant performance in both the matches played so far despite having made a different squad in the last encounter. The team looks well balanced and keeping their winning streak intact, the management will be more than happy to play the same Xl that played the second T20I.
Pakistan on the other side would be feeling frustrated with themselves as even a score of 163 was made to look to less by the kiwi’s batsmen. Shadab Khan and Co. will be hoping they can move on to the longest series with a win under their belt and for that reason are likely to play the best Xl they have. With Wahab Riaz not able to find his form at all, he is likely to be replaced by young pacer Mohammad Hasnain.
In the batting department, their opener Abdullah Shafique has been dismissed for a duck on both occasions and he is likely to be replaced by former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Probable Playing Xl
New Zealand (NZ): Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Pakistan (Pak): Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Abdullah Shafique/ Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan (c), Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz/Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
NZ vs PAK Fantasy Team
Tim Seifert, Mohammad Rizwan, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Haider Ali, Scott Kuggeleijn, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Shaheen Afridi
Captain Picks: Tim Seifert (NZ), Kane Williamson (NZ)
Vice-captain Picks: Mohammad Hafeez (Pak), Shahad Khan (Pak)
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