New Zealand and Pakistan have fought each other 26 times in the shorter format, with the former leading the scoreline. Pakistan have won 16 matches whereas New Zealand have 10 victories to their credit.
Expect Pakistan to win this match on Tuesday (+200)
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell/Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf/Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani
New Zealand and Pakistan will face off in the fourth match of the tri-series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday, October 11th. Pakistan has won both their games so far while the hosts have claimed one out of two.
New Zealand are coming off a strong eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Sunday. Michael Bracewell was excellent with the ball, snaring 2 for just 14 off his four overs. Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi also chipped in with two wickets each as they restricted Bangladesh to 137/8.
Chasing the target, Devon Conway and Kane Williamson added 85 runs for the second wicket. Conway anchored the chase with an unbeaten 70 off 51 while Glenn Phillips smashed a nine-ball 23* to seal the game.
Earlier, Babar Azam-led men defeated the Black Caps by six wickets. None of the Kiwi batters could get going barring Mark Chapman who scored 32 off 16 as they were restricted to 147/8.
Haris Rauf picked 3 for 28 in his four overs while Mohammad Wasim was impressive, claiming 2 for 20. Babar Azam then made an unbeaten 79 off 53, with Shadab Khan playing an impactful cameo of 34 off 22 as they clinched the game with 10 balls to spare.
New Zealand should have the spin all-rounder Mitchell Santner back in the side. Michael Bracewell could be the unfortunate one to miss out or they could rest one of the pacers. Lockie Ferguson has been nursing an injury.
Adam Milne played his first T20 after several months against Bangladesh and bowled two overs.
The Black Caps have played Finn Allen ahead of Martin Guptill in both games, alongside Devon Conway. Captain Kane Williamson’s form is a concern for them with the batter struggling to score at quick rate. Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesham will have to do the heavy lifting.
Pakistan don’t have Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah available for this series but despite that, their seam bowling attack looks very potent.
Haris Rauf has been exceptional in recent times. Pakistan might want to rest him to manage his workload, with Mohammad Hasnain likely to come in.
Mohammad Wasim has been mighty impressive while Shahnawaz Dahani has his days. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan continue to do well in the spin department. With the bat, if Rizwan doesn’t get you, Babar Azam will. The middle order, however, remains a concern. Pakistan’s move to promote Shadab Khan proved fruitful in the last game and they could employ it more often.
Devon Conway: The left-hand opening batter is amongst the most consistent batters in the T20 format. Although his overall strike rate hasn’t been great, Conway does his job of anchoring pretty well. He has been superb for the Black Caps, scoring 814 runs at an average of 51 while striking at 136. Overall, Conway has 4229 runs in the format at 44 average and 129 strike rate, including two hundred and 32 fifties. He’s coming off a 51-ball 70* in the previous outing.
Mohammad Rizwan: The opening batter struggled in the previous innings but has been in incredible form in recent times. Rizwan has scored six fifties for Pakistan in his last nine innings, including 78* off 50 in the first game of this series. The 30yr old has an outstanding record in T20 internationals, having scored 2341 runs from 58 innings at an average of 53 and strike rate of 128. Rizwan has one hundred and 20 fifties to his name in T20I cricket.
|Teams||New Zealand vs Pakistan|
|Location||Hagley Oval, Christchurch|
|Time||Tuesday, 11th October, 7:30 AM IST/2 AM GMT|
|How to watch||Amazon Prime Video (India), SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)|
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