Preview – Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Tourists look to bounce back
Pakistan registered a hard-fought victory in the first ODI at Dubai. Chasing a target of 247, Pakistan were reeling at 124/6 in 31 overs. New Zealand were bowling really well but Haris Sohail and Shahid Afridi put on 110 runs for the 7th wicket to take Pakistan to a 3 wicket victory with 3 balls to spare. This win also marked Pakistan’s first ODI win after a gap of three months.
On the other hand, New Zealand also played very well and would have won the match, but some lose bowling at the end cost them. But with four more matches to go, they will have their chances to correct their mistakes and they would have to start this process in the second ODI that takes place on December 12th at Sharjah.
New Zealand have had some fond memories at Sharjah, as they levelled the Test series here against Pakistan last month. Going into this ODI, New Zealand have been boosted by the fact that Kane Williamson is cleared to bowl again in international cricket. This makes it even more interesting for them as they can push Tom Latham to open and Corey Anderson, if fit, can share the middle-order with James Neesham and Luke Ronchi. Martin Guptill also has a good chance of making a comeback to the side as he has recovered from hamstring injury and with Latham as his partner, New Zealand top-order would look very much lethal. Ross Taylor, who scored 105* in the last match, would look to carry on from where he left.
In bowling, Mitchell McClenaghan is expected to come in at the expense of Adam Milne. Milne bowled well in the last match but was wicket-less. As Mitchell McClenaghan possesses a great wicket-taking ability, his participation in this match looks almost certain.
On the other hand, Pakistan did a great thing in the last match by going with a deep batting lineup, which meant that Haris Sohail had to fill in the role of the 5th bowler, and he did it too perfection. He conceded 39 runs in his full-quota of overs and also showed a lot of maturity during his knock of 85 to guide Pakistan to victory. If the likes of Hafeez, Misbah and Younis also start to fire, Pakistan batting is going to get very dangerous.
The bowling lineup for them is expected to remain the same for this match too as Gul, Irfan and Riaz bowled very well and with Afridi and Sohail also supporting the pacers well, New Zealand would have their task cut out for this all important match.
Playing XI for New Zealand:
Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry
Playing XI for Pakistan:
Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan
Time (IST) 4:30pm
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