Last Update on: April 27th, 2023 at 03:34 pm
The PAK vs NZ series moves onto the ODIs after the end of the five-match T20I series. New Zealand won the fifth T20I after the fourth ended in a no-result due to a hailstorm hampering the progress of play.
New Zealand made a remarkable comeback after losing the first two games. They won the third and the decider on the fifth T20I on the back of Mark Chapman’s maiden T20I ton. The ODI series will now intensify the contest between the two sides.
Both Pakistan and New Zealand have qualified for the ODI World Cup against India. The series will serve as the ideal dress rehearsal for the mega event later this year in India. Heading into this series, New Zealand are placed second in the ODI rankings while Pakistan is fifth.
Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in the PAK vs NZ ODI series. He scored a century in the second T20I but not many above and beyond that. Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson. Latham has the tough task of shouldering a side that does not have its skipper available and playing a series away from home. He drew the T20I series which will be a great boost ahead of the start of the ODI series.
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The ODI series then starts on April 27 and will be played till May 7. The first two ODIs will be played in Rawalpindi followed by the final three in Karachi. International cricket is back in Pakistan. They are also scheduled to host the Asia Cup later this year in September.
Recent Venue Records (Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi)
STATS – ODI
Total matches 24
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 12
Average 1st Inns scores 236
Average 2nd Inns scores 204
Highest total recorded 329/6 (50 Ov) by PAK vs IND
Lowest total recorded 104/10 (33 Ov) by ZIM vs SL
Highest score chased 278/7 (47.1 Ov) by PAK vs NZ
Lowest score defended 206/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Who Will Score the Most Runs For Pakistan: Mohammad / Babar Azam
Who Will Pick Most Wickets For Pakistan: Shadab Khan / Haris Rauf
Who Will Score Most Runs For New Zealand: Tom Latham / Daryl Mitchell
Who Will Pick Most Wickets For New Zealand: Ish Sodhi/ Matt Henry
PAK vs NZ Today Match Prediction, 1st ODI- Who Will Win Today’s ODI Match? 2023
New Zealand won the T20I series decider and drew the series 2-2. They will head into the ODI series with a lot of confidence. The match is evenly poised with both the teams capable of winning the first ODI. However, having drawn the T20I series, the Kiwis have a slight advantage in the first ODI.