New Zealand is touring Pakistan for white-ball games ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021. New Zealand is going to play 3 ODI’s and 5 T20is. The ODI series will not be a part of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League with the agreement of both the boards. The series will start from 17th September 2021 with the 1st ODI on the line. New Zealand last played at Pakistan’s home soil 18 years ago in a 5 match ODI series.
1ST ODI PREVIEW :
New Zealand is coming after a series loss against Bangladesh. The silver-lining is that New Zealand might have gotten the the time and experience to adapt in Asian conditions.
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This will be the fourth instance that the two sides will meet at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in the ODI. Even though Pakistan is ahead in the margin of wining at this ground by 3-0. The Kiwis are not far behind in beating Pakistan at home.
Prior to this match, Pakistan and New Zealand have met 19 times in an ODI in Pakistan between 1976 and 2003 with Pakistan winning 16 times.
Pakistan who have announced their 12-member squad for the 1st ODI with names of two uncapped players in the squad. However, Kiwis already have a setback in the squad with Tom Blundell been ruled out of the ODI series because of Quad strain.
MATCH DETAILS :
What: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, 17 September 2021, 2:30pm local time
Where: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
What to expect: A humid day with dew expected to play a role in the second half of the contest.
The pitch in Rawalpindi has been a sporting one over the years. The average score at the venue in 24 ODIs is 243. Last year, Zimbabwe and Pakistan played in a tied ODI at the same venue. Chasing should be the preferred option.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI :
Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir
NEW ZEALAND :
Predicted XI: Rachin Ravindra, Finn Allen, Will Young, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham (w/c), Henry Nicholls, Cole McConchie/Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner/Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry
New Zealand will take the series lead by 1-0.