Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan just wrapped up their 10th successive T20I series win, beating Pakistan 3-0, to extend their record in the format this year to a stunning 14-2
Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan just wrapped up their 10th successive T20I series win, beating Pakistan 3-0, to extend their record in the format this year to a stunning 14-2

Sarfraz Ahmed’s Pakistan just wrapped up their 10th successive T20I series win, beating Australia 3-0, to extend their record in the format this year to a stunning 14-2, while New Zealand wades into the T20I series against top-ranked Pakistan in its return to international cricket after six months

New Zealand have won three of 10 T20Is this year and were beaten 1-2 by Pakistan at the start of the year. But despite, that many of New Zealand’s top T20 performers have been in the thick on action with the likes of Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Ish Sodhi playing in various T20 leagues across world in the past few months.

New Zealand A played a three-match ODI series against Pakistan A, claiming the series 2-1

Date: October 31

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Time: 09:39 pm IST

Weather: Partly Cloudy with maximum of 31 degree celsius

Team News

New Zealand

With Martin Guptill ruled out of the limited-overs leg of the UAE tour,  Glenn Phillips is most likely to replace the big-hitting opener at the top of the order alongside Colin Munro who had a good stint in the Afghanistan Premier League. In the absence of Mitchell Santner, out for nine months, Ish Sodhi will be the lead spinner and giving him company will be uncapped Ajaz Patel. Corey Anderson also returns for New Zealand after his last international appearance for Black Caps that came in 2017 Champions Trophy

Probable XI

1 Colin Munro, 2 Glenn Phillips (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Adam Milne/ Lockie Ferguson

Pakistan

Pakistan have announced the same squad that won 3-0 against Australia but in the XI, Usman Khan might be given a chance ahead of Shaheen Afridi. Fakhar Zaman is yet to recover from the knee injury and that will see young Sahibzada Farhan retaining his place in the XI after scoring 39 against Australia in his last outing. Shoaib Malik will join the team in time for the match soon after becoming a father.

Probable XI

1 Babar Azam, 2 Sahibzada Farhan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez , 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Usman Khan/ Shaheen Afridi

Quotes:

“They (New Zealand) have a strong team with ideal batsmen for Twenty20 and a balanced bowling attack so we need to set the tone from the first game by winning it.” – Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain

“Obviously, Pakistan are a strong side. “That’s something we’ve known for a long time. The last time we played against them was at home in New Zealand and it was a tough series.” – Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper