New Zealand are expected to seal the fate of the series by handing Pakistan their second defeat.
The second T20I match between New Zealand and Pakistan will be played at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
This match will start at 07:00 PM local time (11:30 AM IST). It will be streamed on FanCode.
Given that a few big names were missing from both the squads, many expected the first T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan to be a closely contested one. However, it would have been a one-sided affair has it not been for the brilliance of Shadab Khan. Reeling at 39/5 at one stage, Khan’s knock of 42 and some important contributions from Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf helped Pakistan put up a respectable total of 153.
They started off well with the ball as both Martin Guptill and Devon Conway were dismissed very early in the chase. However, Tim Seifert’s half-century and some commendable supporting acts from Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips helped seal the deal for the Kiwis. Pakistan will be desperate to bounce back in the second T20I, but it will be very tough as some big names in Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be back in the New Zealand camp.
NZ vs PAK Weather Report for 2nd T20I:
The weather forecast is ideal for a game of cricket. The temperature will be around 22 °C and chances of precipitation are only 10%.
The pitch at Seddon Park will support the batsmen. 180 is what the team batting first should have in mind.
Average first innings score:
177 (Last 10 T20I matches played in this venue)
Record of Chasing Teams:
Won – 4, Lost – 5, Tie – 1
Injury & Availability News:
New Zealand announced different squads for the first and the last two T20Is. For this game, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee will all be available. Jacob Duffy, Mark Chapman, Doug Bracewell and Blair Tickner misses out.
NZ vs PAK Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (WK), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Kane Williamson (C), James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggelejin, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult.
Ish Sodhi, Daryll Mitchell, Todd Astle.
Usman Qadir, Wahab Riaz, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Muhammad Musa