Pakistan and New Zealand cricket teams will lock horns with each other in the first ODI of the three-ODI series at the Pindi Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi on September 17th. Pakistan cricket team have the likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman in their squad, while The Kiwis have the likes of Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls on their side as key players. The hosts will be captained by Babar Azam while the visitors will be led by Tom Latham in absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson.
Though the series between Pakistan and New Zealand will not be part of the ICC Super League due to the non-availability of the Decision Review System (DRS) for the series but the Babar Azam-led side are placed seventh on the points table with four wins in nine matches, while The Kiwis are placed in the 10th spot having won all the three games they have played so far. Despite being the ODI series, both the teams would be looking to test their skills and gain some form ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.
This will be the first ODI of the three-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand. The match between the nations will see The Kiwis playing their first match after 18 years on Pakistan soil. With both the teams being top-notch sides it is expected that competition between bat and ball will be thrilling for the fans to watch.
Fixture Name: First ODI
Competition: Bilateral series (Pakistan vs New Zealand)
Date: 17th September
Time: 2:30 IST
Team Form Guide:
PAK (recent last): NR L W
NZ (recent last): W L W
Venue: Pindi Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Pitch report: The first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at Pindi Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi. The pitch over the years has a history of being on the slower side. The average first inning ODI at the venue is 236 but it is expected that batters will have a great time as it will be a fresh pitch and scores of over 250-plus can be easily achieved.
A brief score of the last result at the venue:
Zimbabwe (278/6) won in a super over against Pakistan (278/9) in the third ODI of the three-match series.
Both Pakistan, as well as New Zealand cricket team, are among the best teams when it comes to ODI cricket. Both the teams’ over the years have displayed top-notch performances and but with New Zealand being without their key players it will be good move to include more Pakistan players in your fantasy team. In the batting department, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam along with Kiwi batsman skipper Tom Latham will play a crucial role while the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Matt Henry can play a vital role with the ball.
Wicket-keepers: Tom Latham, Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Henry Nicholas
All-rounders: Colin de Grandhome, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Matt Henry, Shaheen Afridi, Zaid Mahmood, Aijyaz Patel
The New Zealand cricket team in the absence of their big players like Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult are most likely to find it difficult to beat Pakistan, who will be fielding the full-strength side. The Babar Azam-led side being in home conditions and with most of their batsmen in the form, they are mostly like to seal the ODI series between the nations, the Kiwis on the other hand have to be on the top of their game and execute their plans well if they have to fancy their chances of winning the series.
The Pakistan cricket team will have a point to prove as they came under the scanner after they were thrashed by the second string English side a month ago. The Babar Azam-led side was white-washed and received a lot of flak for their poor performance. However, with the new coaching staff, it is expected that they will come out all guns blazing and skipper Babar Azam along with Mohammad Rizwan will be the players to watch out for.
Pakistan’s all-format skipper has been carrying his national team on his shoulders for quite some time now. The right-handed batsman has been scoring runs consistently for his team and there’s no brainer that he’ll be one of the top picks for the first ODI against New Zealand. In his last ODI outing against England, the Pakistan skipper scored 158 runs and helped his team post a mammoth target of 331 runs.
Apart from the Babar Azam, one name that has been in staggering form for the Pakistan cricket team is their wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan. The 29-year-old has emerged as a rising star for his country and has been a revelation with the bat this year, winning many matches single-handedly for his team and is the second top pick for the ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand. In his last outing he played a fine knock of 74 runs to help his team post a decent total.
The Pakistan cricket team have seen some major changes in their administration and support staff as former batsman Rameez Raja a few days back was appointed as Pakistan Cricket Board’s 36th chairman for a three-year term and will be coached by former Test players Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq who have taken their roles on an interim basis
PAK playing 11 (likely)
Babar Azam (c)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
Shadab Khan (vc)
Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf
Shaheen Shah Afridi
The New Zealand cricket team will be low on confidence as they recently lost the T20I series against Bangladesh. The Kiwis despite the absence of main players will be keen to prove their mettle after being defeated 3-2 in the series. The stand-in skipper Tom Latham will be the player to watch out for along with the premier spinner Aijyaz Patel in the ODI against Pakistan.
The wicketkeeper-batsman and the skipper of the New Zealand side will be critical for his team his chances’ in the first ODI against Pakistan. His ability to play long innings and pace his innings at a decent rate is the standout feature of his batting. His last innings against Bangladesh saw him notching a half-century and helping his team post a total of 161 runs in their quota of 20 overs
With conditions favouring spin bowling more in subcontinent conditions, Aijyaz Patel could play a pivotal role for New Zealand in the ODI against Bangladesh. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler has been in the top form of late. His ability to take wickets in the middle-overs and provide many important breakthroughs for his team is the stand out feature of his bowling. In his last outing against Bangladesh, he bagged 2 wickets to his name and gave away only 21 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
New Zealand has toured Pakistan for the first time since 2003. Though they will play without some key players but the young teams are no less and it is expected that they will match blow to blow with the home team in the first ODI.
NZ Playing 11 (Likely)
Tom Latham (c) (wk)
Colin de Grandhomme
Watch Pakistan cricket team vs New Zealand ODI-series 2021 Live score and streaming on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. The fans in the sub-continent can also watch the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand match on Sony LIV app while cricket lovers in the United States can watch the match on Willow Tv and in the United Kingdom the match will be telecasted on Sky Sports.
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