The spotlight of international cricket will be shifting to the Asian subcontinent where Pakistan will be hosting New Zealand for 5 T20 fixtures and 5 ODIs. The first T20 is scheduled to take place on Friday, 14th April at Gaddafi Stadium. This is going to be New Zealand’s second tour to Pakistan in the same year and both teams have played a lot of cricket against each other.
Pakistan are coming home after touring the UAE and playing a T20 series against Afghanistan. Surprisingly, the men in green lost the series by 2-1. The top bookmakers in India have fantastic odds for this series.
New Zealand are travelling to Pakistan after hosting Sri Lanka for multiple formats of the game. They will be missing out on some key players because of the ongoing IPL tournament.
It was a disappointing end for Pakistan on the UAE tour as the visitors lost the T20 series against Afghanistan. They won the last fixture but the beginning of the T20 series was not as good as expected. The primary concern for the team management will be the sudden dip in the form of the batting lineup. Their middle order has also failed to impress and the team is mostly dependent on the bowlers to score a win.
Pakistan will have the availability of all their primary players to start the series.
Predicted Lineup: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf
It seems like Kiwis have revived their quality of the game as they completely dominated Sri Lanka in all the formats of cricket. New Zealand won the series against Sri Lanka at home with flying colours. Tom Latham and his men will be confident enough to travel to Pakistan and overpower the opposition at their home ground. The primary concern for the team management will be the absence of some primary players because of injuries and IPL commitments.
Tom Latham will be leading the team with some new faces.
Predicted Lineup: Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Tom Latham, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Benjamin Lister, Adam Milne, Rachin Ravindra
In January when these two teams collided in Pakistan, the visitors gave a tough competition and came out on top. However, this time, the visitors are missing out on some key players. We predict that Pakistan will get the benefit of the same and will win the game.