Pakistan’s home series versus New Zealand is just around the corner as the Pak vs NZ 1st ODI is set to take place at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on 17th September 2021.
Date: 17th September 2021
Time: 2:30 PM
Venue: Rawalpindi Stadium
Ahead of the first ODI, the visitors have suffered a big blow following Tom Blundell’s left-quad-strain suffering. The hosts may overpower the second-string Kiwi line-up as big players are not part of the series. But, green shirts’ known predictability means they can be overpowered by the Tom Latham-led team.
Also, as Pakistan lost their recent T20I series vs England, nothing can be said too early. Both sides look equally balanced as far domestic, T20, and international performances are counted.
Squads to choose from:
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c) (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Will Young
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imam-Ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood
Pak vs NZ 1st ODI Match Preview, Predicted playing XI, Pitch & weather report – Who will win?
Probable Playing XI:
New Zealand: Rachin Ravindra, Finn Allen, Will Young, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham (w/c), Henry Nicholls, Cole McConchie/Scott Kuggeleijn, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Blair Tickner/Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir
Pitch & weather report:
Babar Azam and men or Tom Latham and men will not mind batting first following Rawalpindi’s year-old batting-friendly pitch after winning a toss. If Pakistan win the toss and pick to bat first, it can be easier for them to defend the total later with a strength-packed bowling unit.
Pakistan is likely to win Pak vs NZ 1st ODI