International cricket is currently slow because of the ongoing IPL tournament in India. Still, Pakistan and New Zealand keep it together for international cricket fans. After witnessing a draw in the T20 series, Pakistan is all set to host New Zealand in a five-match ODI series and the first fixture is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 27th at Pindi Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan is preparing itself for the upcoming ODI world cup which is scheduled to take place later this year. The squad has made some changes recently and they have come out stronger in the limited-over format.
New Zealand has shown some signs of improvement when it comes to the limited-over format. The team has struggled initially in Pakistan but now they are well aware of the playing condition.
We expect Babar Azam to play an important role in the PAK victory.
The betting tip is...
Babar Azam will score a century.
The Men in Green will be confident enough to face the visitors in the ODI format of the game. They will be coming to play the ODI series keeping in mind the upcoming ODI world cup. Pakistan has a good depth in their batting, where especially Babar Azam looks in great form.
When it comes to bowling, Shaheen Afridi is getting constant support from Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah. The hosts would like to start the ODI series on a positive note.
Skipper Babar Azam won’t be making any changes to the squad.
Predicted Lineup: Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Haris, Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Haris Rauf, Saim Ayub, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Ihsanullah
The Kiwis are improving at a slow pace but the growth has been positive. After losing two consecutive T20s, New Zealand scored two consecutive wins in the T20 series.
Under the leadership of Tom Latham, New Zealand has discovered a new potential and they are again becoming a ferocious side. Mark Chapman is the key player for New Zealand who has played a solid inning in the middle order of the team.
James Neesham will be in the spotlight again because of his all-rounder performances.
Predicted Lineup: Tom Latham, Mark Chapman, Blair Tickner, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Chad Bowes, James Neesham, Henry Shipley, Daryl Mitchell
New Zealand has spent enough time to know the playing conditions in Pakistan. However, considering the quality of Pakistani players, we predict a win for Pakistan in the first ODI.