It was a positive start for the hosts in the ODI series against New Zealand. Scoring a win in the first ODI means a massive boost in confidence for the Pakistan cricket team in the remaining series.
The Kiwis gave a tough fight in the first ODI, but the result was unfortunate. The 2nd ODI is scheduled to take place on Saturday April 29th at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
It was an overall presentation of strength from the Pakistani side. The batters gave a good start to the team and chased the score comfortably.
New Zealand also witnessed a good start from their opening lineup, but their bowlers failed to do the job.
We expect a relatively easy win for Pakistan over New Zealand.
The betting tip is...
Naseem Shah to pick 3 wickets
It was a slow start from the bowlers, as they were unable to break the opening partnership in the early hours of the game. However, later on, Naseem Shah took control of the game and picked up two wickets while keeping his economy at 2.90.
While chasing, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq gave a solid start with Babar Azam handling the innings at number three. Mohammad Rizwan also played a cameo as Shan Masood failed to impress.
Naseem Shah is the key player for Pakistan and he will be in the spotlight again for the 2nd ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Will Young and Daryl Mitchell had a brilliant partnership but Chad Bowes failed to impress from the opening lineup. Mitchell scored 113 runs in 115 bowls at a strike rate of 98.26.
The primary concern for the team management will be the failure of the middle order. Another concern for the team management will be the weak bowling as the bowlers failed to get the breakthroughs timely.
Skipper Tom Latham won’t be making any changes to the squad.
Predicted Lineup: Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner
When it comes to the ODI format, it is next to impossible to defeat Pakistan at their home ground. Rawalpindi's pitch is known for its support to the pace bowlers and hence Pakistan will have an upper hand.
We predict a win for Pakistan in the 2nd ODI as well, which will extend their lead in the series.