Pakistan vs New Zealand [PC:PCB]
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Last Update on: January 11th, 2023 at 09:10 am

 The PAK vs NZ series continues with the ODI series that started on January 9. Pakistan won the first game by six wickets and are leading the series 1-0. All the matches will be played in Karachi starting with the first ODI. The next two games will be played on January 11 and 13.

Kane Williamson returns to lead the Kiwis in the ODIs. Babar Azam continues to lead Pakistan. He had a good 2022 in Test cricket scoring over 1000 runs in the calendar year. He scored nearly 700 runs in ODI cricket last year.

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Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq
Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq (Image Credits: Twitter)

Baba Azam continues his good form as he scored 66 and anchored his side chasing 256 to win the first ODI. Mohammad Rizwan scored an unbeaten 77 after Fakhar Zaman scored 56 runs to set it up. Babar has scored four centuries and six fifties in his last 11 ODI innings.

Batting first the Kiwis were restricted to 255/9. None of the batters scored a fifty. Michael Bracewell scored 43 while Tom Latham scored 42. Naseem Shah picked up his second fifer in ODIs. 

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New Zealand
Tom Latham and Kane Williamson stitch the highest partnership for New Zealand (Credits: Twitter/ICC)

The Kiwis were well and truly outplayed in the first game. They are on 48 ODI wins against Pakistan and has a chance to get to 50. The ODI series kickstarted preparations for both teams for the 2023 ODI World Cup to be played later this year. The Kiwis are the top-ranked ODI side in the ICC rankings at the moment. Pakistan, on the other hand, are placed fifth. 

Pakistan last played an ODI series against the Netherlands in August 2022. They won the series 3-0. New Zealand last played an ODI series against India in December 2022. They won the first ODI in Auckland. The next two in Hamilton and Christchurch were washed out due to rain. 

PAK vs NZ Head To Head In ODIs

Matches PlayedPakistan WonNew Zealand Won

Recent Venue Records ( National Stadium, Karachi)

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan inspect the Karachi surface. Photo- Asif Hassan-AFP-Getty
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan inspect the Karachi surface. Photo- Asif Hassan-AFP-Getty


Total matches 53

Matches won batting first 24

Matches won bowling first 27

Average 1st Inns scores 244

Average 2nd Inns scores 212

Highest total recorded 374/4 (50 Ov) by IND vs HK

Lowest total recorded 115/10 (38.2 Ov) by BAN vs PAK

Highest score chased 310/4 (46.5 Ov) by IND vs SL

Lowest score defended 153/10 (45.4 Ov) by WIW vs PAKW

Who Will Score Most Runs For Pakistan: Babar Azam / Mohammad Rizwan

Who Will Take Most Wickets For Pakistan: Haris Rauf / Naseem Shah

Who Will Score Most Runs For New Zealand: Kane Williamson / Tom Latham

Who Will Pick Most Wickets For New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson / Tim Southee

PAK vs NZ Match Prediction- Who Will Win Today Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI Match? 2nd ODI

Pakistan at home are favourites to win the series 3-0. However, a comeback from the Kiwis are expected in the second ODI. New Zealand likely to win the second ODI and take the series to the decider.

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