NZ vs PAK Dream11 Match Prediction | Who Will Win Today Match
Abu Dhabi, November 07 at 04:30 PM IST
After 3-0 mauling in the Twenty 20, the focus now shifts to the 50-over format. The two sides face off in the first of the three-match ODI series at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
The touring New Zealand side would want to take the T20 series defeat off their head and seek redemption. New Zealand would be disappointed with the dip in performances as the tour has gone by. They need to lift their game to challenge confident Pakistan.
On the other hand, in-form Pakistan would want to take the momentum of T20 wins into the 50-over games. The hosts are currently languishing at seventh spot in the ICC ODI rankings. They would look at the series as an opportunity to improve their ranking in the format and also to make amends of the poor Asia Cup performances.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium is known to assist slow bowlers. A total in excess of 300 from the side batting first can be expected for the smaller boundaries.
Last ODI result at the venue: Bangladesh 239 defeat Pakistan 202/9 – September 26, Asia Cup 2018
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and top-order batsman George Worker have been added to the New Zealand squad for the series.
Ajaz Patel, the left-arm spinner, has received his maiden ODI call-up. He is named as a cover for Todd Astle, who sustained an injury to his right knee. Corey Anderson is another who has been ruled out of the series.
Imam-ul-Haq returns to Pakistan squad and is expected to open the batting.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup for Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI.
New Zealand Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – BJ Watling
Batsmen – Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (Doubt: George Worker, Henry Nicholls)
All-rounders – Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (Doubt: Lockie Ferguson, Ajaz Patel)
Pakistan Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Ahmed
Batsmen – Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Huq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik (Doubt: Asif Ali, Haris Sohail)
All-rounders – Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf
Bowlers – Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan (Doubt: Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi and Usman Khan)
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling and George Worker.
Pakistan squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez. Imam Ul Huq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Usman Khan.
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Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam were the best batsmen for Pakistan in the T20 series, while Kane Williamson and Colin Munro were the best batters from the touring side.
Looking at bowling options, Shadab Khan is a hot pick. Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee have proven track records and can be backed.
Todd Astle has injured his right knee and is unlikely to feature. Corey Anderson is another who has been ruled out of the series.
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