NZ V PAK

3RD ODI – NEW ZEALAND VS PAKISTAN – FANTASY PREVIEW

Two rain-affected matches and two wins for New Zealand in the ongoing five match ODI series against Pakistan. The home side lead the series by 2-0 at the moment with three more matches to play. The unpredictable visitors Pakistan in a position to win all three remaining matches to seal the series. Not much rain in forecast for the match day, so we could possibly witness the full match. Third ODI between New Zealand vs Pakistan scheduled to play at 11 AM Local | 3:30 AM IST on Saturday, 13th January 2018.

 

NEW ZEALAND :

The dominating home side has registered back-to-back wins in the first two matches. All around efforts helped Kane Williamson led-side to win those rain-affected matches successfully. New Zealand has made one change to their 13 man squad by bringing in Colin de Grandhomme on the expenses of George Worker. The arrival of an all-rounder will force to do at least one change in the playing XI for this game. The opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro has an enough of experiences at this level of the game and they will provide a solid start for the team. After played many power-packed knocks in recent times, finally Colin Munro had a bad game in the last match. He dismissed for second-ball duck in the last game, but the man in-form will be back with bang on Saturday. Martin Guptill’s heroic helped the side to chase down the target successfully on other day. It was Guptill’s third successive knock in a row. Hopefully, he will play one more good innings in this game. Skipper Kane Williamson has started the series with a stunning ton in the first match. He departed for 19 runs in the last game, but we can expect big knock from this masterclass player. The experiences of Ross Taylor comes to play in every match that he plays. He remained unbeaten in the last game and scored 45 off 43 balls. He could probably come with a big innings in this game.

The wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham will continue to bat in the middle-order. He got out for only 3 runs in the first game and didn’t get a chance to bat in the last game. He’s in very good form for past several months, hopes for some good show from him on Saturday. Henry Nicholls used to play a role of extra batsman at no. 6 in the batting order. He played a very good knock of 50 runs of 43 balls in the first game. But as the all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme in the house, he may be replaces Nicholls in the XI. De Grandhomme is a hard-hitting batsman who could bowl a valuable spell and take wickets. Therefore, chances are high for Nicholls to be rested but at the same time, if team management decides to go with one specialist spin option, then Todd Astle will make a way for De Grandhomme. Possibilities are less for it to happen but still there are some chances. Astle who picked a wicket in the first game, bowled an expensive spell and picked 2 wickets in the last game. All-rounder Mitchell Santner had a poor outing in the first game, but came back so well in a second and picked 1 for 34 in 10 overs. He will play a big role in this game. Three-men pace attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson will continue in this game too. The experienced combo of Boult and Southee did a good job in both matches. Southee has picked a tally of 5 wickets in first two matches while Boult has picked 3 in those two games. Third seamer Lockie Ferguson remained wicket-less in the first game, but came back so good and picked 3 for 39 in 10 in a second. Those efforts will keep him safe in the playing XI.

 

 

PAKISTAN :

The failures of top order batting hurts Pakistan in both occasions in the series. Bowlers were a bit expensive and allowed the opposition to post 300+ score in the first game. Except for Fakhar Zaman, none other top-order batsmen had batted well in that game. In the last game, Mohammad Hafeez did what Zaman has done in the first game. Rest of other top order players walked back one by one in the first power-play. A fighting half-centuries of Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan helped Pakistan side to post a decent total of 246 runs in that game. Bowlers were started-off well and picked two big wickets inside first power-play. But, their bowling efforts didn’t work after rain interruption and that caused them a match. Fakhar Zaman who has played a stunning knock in the first game, was dropped for the last game due to an injury. If Zaman is fit to play, he will replaces Imam-ul-Haq and will open the innings for Pakistan. The senior top-order batsman Azhar Ali failed to play a big innings in both occasions and scored 6 runs each in those matches. He has a chance to come with good fighting knock in this game as his place in jeopardy. The batting sensation Babar Azam surprised all with the golden duck in the first game, he then scored 10 in the last game. He is quality batsman and he could find his form back at any moment, so he might play a vital role with a bat on Saturday.

The experienced duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik takes care of middle-order batting at no. 4 and 5. Hafeez dismissed for only a run, but he came back so good and scored very useful 60 runs in the last game. Shoaib Malik starts off well, but lost his wicket at wrong time in both occasions. Hopefully, he will play a match winning knock for Pakistan in this do or die game. The young all-rounder Shadab Khan has played a back-to-back good innings with a bat. First he scored 28 off 32 balls and then came with a half-century (52 off 68 balls) in the last game. He remained wicket-less in both first two matches, but his leg-spin will play a big role on Saturday. Faheem Ashraf’s place may be doubtful after he claimed only a wicket each in both matches. In case, Ashraf not available for this game, all-rounder Aamer Yamin would be the possible replacement. The new star bowler of Pakistan in 2017, Hasan Ali shines with either bat or bowl in every match. In the first game, he has claimed 3 wickets in his 10 overs spell and in the last game, he shine with a bat to score an amazing 51 runs off just 31 balls. He was expensive in that rain-affected game, but could be back with a bang in this game on Saturday. The senior pacer Mohammad Amir finished with 1 for 57 with 2 maiden overs in the first game, he came with a much better spell in a second and picked 1 for 18 in 5 overs. New Zealand tracks helps Amir a lot, hopefully he will take 2 or more wickets in this game. Rumman Raees is the third specialist seamer who played first two matches. He went expensive in both matches and if Faheem Ashraf remains in the XI but Aamer Yamin gets a place in the XI, then Rumman Raees will be a man who makes a way for him.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

NEW ZEALAND :

  • Colin Munro
  • Ross Taylor
  • Tom Latham
  • Kane Williamson
  • Colin de Grandhomme
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Tim Southee
  • Trent Boult

 

 

PAKISTAN :

  • Azhar Ali
  • Babar Azam
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Sarfraz Ahmed
  • Shadab Khan
  • Hasan Ali
  • Mohammad Amir

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

NEW ZEALAND :

1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham, 6. Henry Nicholls / Todd Astle, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Mitchell Santner, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Trent Boult, 11. Lockie Ferguson.

PAKISTAN :

1. Azhar Ali, 2. Fakhar Zaman (if fit) / Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed, 7. Shadab Khan, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Hasan Ali, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Aamer Yamin / Rumman Raees.

 

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan

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