Last Update on: April 29th, 2023 at 05:52 pm
Pakistan middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed will replace Haris Sohail for the final three ODIs against New Zealand. The left-hander has been ruled out due to a shoulder injury that he survived ahead of the first ODI.
The PAK vs NZ T20I series ended 2-2. Pakistan won the first two T20Is. The third T20I was abandoned due to hailstorm and the Kiwis came back to win the final two to level the series.
Pakistan won the first ODI as they chased down 289 to win against New Zealand. A brilliant century from Fakhar Zaman took Pakistan over the line with contributions from Imam ul Haq (60) and skipper Babar Azam (49).
“This was a team effort, we want to start well. The credit belongs to the fast bowlers for the way we restricted them in the end. As a captain, to see players respond and execute plans feels good. The way Naseem bowled put the pressure on them and then the spinners could dominate. Then the way Fakhar and Imam played, then the innings Fakhar and I build together was great to see” said Babar Azam after the win.
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Pakistan 1-0 Up In ODI Series After Drawing T20I Series
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The PAK vs NZ series had five T20Is. The first three games were played in Lahore with the final two in Rawalpindi. The PAK vs NZ 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.
Both the teams have qualified for the ODI World Cup later this year in India and the series will be a great preparatory ground for both teams. Pakistan will Test the Kiwis with their spin attack and also their pace attack. The presence of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah gives the Pakistan pace attack a little more edge over the Kiwis.
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.