NZ V PAK

2nd T20I – NEW ZEALAND VS PAKISTAN – FANTASY PREVIEW

The second T20I of a three-match series between New Zealand vs Pakistan takes place at the famous Eden Park in Auckland on Thursday evening. New Zealand yet to face a defeat at this home season. First they dominated West Indies across formats and now they are doing the same with Pakistan. On other side, Pakistan must win this game to keep the series alive. The entertaining second T20I match between New Zealand vs Pakistan schedule to start at 7 PM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Thursday, 25th January 2018.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

After won the ODI series with clean-sweep, Black Caps continued their dominance at home by winning the low scoring affair in the first T20I match on Monday. The regular skipper Kane Williamson didn’t play in the first game with stiff side but he has to be in the XI for this match, due to the acting captain for the first match Tim Southee not in the squad for 2nd match. If Williamson is not available once again and also Southee, then either Colin Munro or Martin Guptill would possibly take a leadership role for one match alone. Colin Munro and Guptill are a valuable openers for Black Caps. Both of them are in fine form throughout this home series. Munro who scored two half-centuries and a big hundred in the T20I series against West Indies earlier this month, played another good T20 innings in the first match on Monday. He scored an unbeaten 49 runs in that game and he also picked a wicket in his 0.4 overs spell. As Munro plays for Auckland in domestic matches, he has a bright chance to go for big in this match in Auckland. After played several good innings in the ODI series, Guptill finally dismissed for a single-digit score in the 1st T20I. The man in-form could be back with a strong innings in this game. Glenn Phillips will continue to take care of wicket-keeper’s duties. After scored 56 against West Indies in the 1st T20I, he didn’t score a half-century in his last 7 T20 appearances.

The experienced Ross Taylor picked only for the first match, so if Williamson back in the side he will replaces Ross Taylor. Tom Bruce had a good form in Super Smash tournament recently and he also scored useful 26 runs in the first match of the series. He will keep his place in the playing XI. The 33-years old Anaru Kitchen made his debut in the series against West Indies and he kept the place safe in the ongoing series too. He bowled only over and picked a wicket as well. He plays as 6th batsman in the batting order. The destructive all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme had nothing to offer with a bat in the first match. But his big-hitting skills will come into play in this game. He also capable of picking 2 or more wickets with a ball. The spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi keep bowling with economical spells in shorter format. Both of them had done it so well against West Indies and also did a good job against Pakistan two days ago. Especially, Santner bowled well and claimed 2 for 15 in 4 overs while the no. 1 T20I bowler Sodhi bowled none for 25 in 4 overs. As no Tim Southee on the squad for this second match alone, other prime pacer Trent Boult will take a place of Southee. Lockie Ferguson and Ben Wheeler are other pacers in the squad, most probably they will get a chance once the team confirms the series win. Seth Rance who made an impressive debut against West Indies with three wicket haul, claimed his second three wicket haul in the match against Pakistan on Monday. His good job with a bowl will allow him to play in this game.

 

PAKISTAN :

After lost all 5 matches in the ODI series, Pakistan had started the T20I series with some hope and confidence. But the result of that match frustrated the team and fans much more. Pakistan Batsmen walked back to the pavilion one after another and bowled out for 105 runs in 20th over. Babar Azam who struggled a lot during the ODI series, was the highest scorer with 41 runs in that first T20I. Bowlers Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan gave their best efforts but New Zealand overcame all the hurdles and hurt Pakistan with 7 wickets victory. Pakistan possibly made a mistake by not including Ahmed Shehzad in the playing XI. He might get a place for this game and he possibly replaces Umar Amin who faced 7 balls for a duck in the 1st match. Fakhar Zaman was the only in-form top-order batsman for Pakistan during the ODIs, but he also fell early with 3 runs in that 1st T20I. Generally, Zaman used to play aggressive cricket in shorter format, hopefully that kind of innings will come out from him on Thursday. Some kind of good news was Babar Azam finally scored some handy runs for the team. Whenever Babar is in form, he will take team home with big knocks. So, there would be some chances for him to play much better and bigger knock in this match. Haris Sohail who scored back-to-back half-centuries in last two ODIs, managed to score only 9 runs in the first T20. As he is one among the few players in form, Sohail will keep his place in the XI.

Pakistan experimented with Mohammad Nawaz batting at no. 3 other day, but it didn’t work well which means the veteran Mohammad Hafeez will be back in the side and will bat at crucial no. 4. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed had played only one good knock on the tour so far, he departed for 9 runs and left the team jeopardy in the last game. The all-rounder Shadab Khan was dismissed surprisingly for a golden duck. But, he compensated it with his good spell 1 for 18 in 4 overs. Shadab will play a crucial role this time with both bat and bowl. Hasan Ali’s batting has been improved a lot, but his main aspect of bowling fade away slowly by match after match. He didnt shine with a bowl in last two ODIs, and that trend continued in the first T20I too. He remained wicket-less and conceded 28 runs in 2.5 overs. All-rounder Fahim Ashraf may fight to retain his place with Aamer Yamin. Fahim didn’t offer much with neither bat or ball in the last game. Rumman Raees had taken two early wickets for Pakistan in the last game and that will give him another chance in the XI. The experienced Mohammad Amir had bowled a wicket-less spell but bowled well control spell in his 3 overs. Amir should find a way to pick wickets in this game.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

  • Colin Munro
  • Martin Guptill
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Kane Williamson
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Trent Boult
  • Mitchell Santner

Wild Card Pick – Ish Sodhi

 

PAKISTAN :

  • Ahmed Shehzad
  • Babar Azam
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Haris Sohail
  • Sarfraz Ahmed
  • Shadab Khan
  • Rumman Raees

Wild Card Pick – Hasan Ali

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NEW ZEALAND :

1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Glenn Phillips, 4. Kane Williamson, 5. Tom Bruce, 6. Anaru Kitchen, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Ish Sodhi, 10. Seth Rance, 11. Trent Boult.

PAKISTAN :

1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Haris Sohail, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed, 7. Shadab Khan, 8. Fahim Ashraf / Aamer Yamin, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Rumman Raees.

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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