Last Update on: April 14th, 2023 at 08:12 pm
PAK vs NZ: Match Preview– 1st T20I, 2023. Pakistan and New Zealand will face each other in an upcoming T20I series. PAK vs NZ 1st T20I is scheduled to be played on April 14 (Friday). The venue of the encounter is Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan last played a T20I series against Afghanistan last month. With a squad short of senior players, Pakistan lost the series to Afghanistan 2-1. In the three-match T20I series, Afghanistan won the 1st T20I by 6 wickets and the 2nd T20I by 7 wickets. In the 3rd T20I, Pakistan won by 66 runs.
Afghanistan last played a T20I series against Sri Lanka at home. In the three-match series, New Zealand lost the 1st T20I in the super over. However, they clinched a win in the 2nd T20I by 9 wickets and the 3rd T20I by 4 wickets. Hence, Kiwis bagged a 2-1 victory in the series.
In head-to-head clashes in T20Is, Pakistan and New Zealand have played 29 T20Is. Pakistan won 18 games while New Zealand won 11 games. In the last 5 T20I games, Pakistan won 4 games while New Zealand won only 1. However, both teams have never played any T20I match in Pakistan.
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PAK vs NZ: Match Preview– 1st T20I, 2023
Babar Azam is the skipper of Pakistan in the PAK vs NZ T20I series. Senior players like Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi are back in the squad after missing the previous series against Afghanistan. On their home soil, Pakistan is expected to dominate New Zealand in the T20I series.
PAK Squad: Babar Azam (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Rauf, Ihsanullah, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Zaman Khan
Tom Latham is the skipper of New Zealand in PAK vs NZ T20I series. Key players like Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, and Matt Henry are part of the squad. New Zealand won their previous series against Sri Lanka at home and they will seek to outplay Pakistan in the away series.
NZ squad: Tom Latham (Captain), Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Cole McConchie, Dane Cleaver, Ben Lister, Adam Milne, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Matt Henry