The 1st ODI of the Pakistan tour of New Zealand will be played at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Here is the preview of the game in the New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match Preview:
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Timing: 3:30 AM (Dec 26)/ 10:00 PM GMT (Dec 25) / 11:00 AM Local Time
New Zealand 1st & 2nd ODI Squad: Kane Williamson(c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, George Worker
Pakistan ODI Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees
The New Zealand team have Kane Williamson(c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls as the main batsmen in the lineup. Colin Munro is emerging as a really dangerous batsman up the order with some consistent knocks in the past few series against India and West Indies with some impressive knocks. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor will be the big names in the middle order. Martin Guptill will be expected to find form. Henry Ncholls will be a dangerous batsman in the lower middle order. The Kiwi bowling on the other hand will be led by Trent Boult who tore apart the batting of the Windies in the last series. Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson will be the other few big names.
Pakistan have Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez as the batters in the squad. Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam will be the key players in the middle order. As far as the bowling is considered the Pakistan squad features Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees as the key bowlers. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir will be carrying high expectations due to the reputation they have gained in recent times.
The prediction is of New Zealand win due to a really well balanced side with quality in form pacers and home conditions. This was the preview of the game. Please leave your comments and suggestions in the box below.