- Sanjay Sanapoori | January 8, 2023 | 9:48 pm
Pakistan’s Test team is struggling but the ODI side has been doing really well in recent times. They are going through a strong period of wins and despite injuries to their players are maintaining a strong and consistent line-up.
New Zealand’s ODI side though does not have much to look back at. Two no-results in their last two games and a sole win in five games over a long period indicates their silence in the format. They will be without Trent Boult, who is going around in franchise cricket leaving New Zealand to look for alternatives.
PAK vs NZ Match Details
Date: January 9th, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM IST
PAK vs NZ Weather Report
The weather at Karachi looks alright with bad light being the only threat as play could end early on most days.
PAK vs NZ Pitch Report
The Karachi track is likely to favor spin and will be better for the side batting first.
PAK vs NZ Head-to-Head
Played- 107 | Pakistan -55 | New Zealand – 48 | No-Result – 3` | Tie- 1
PAK vs ENG Predicted Playing XI
New Zealand Playing XI
Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
Pakistan Playing XI
Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim
PAK vs NZ Key Players
Finn Allen is the new young sensation in the New Zealand side. He has shown some versatility with his ability to take the bowlers on and also hold an end with some classic cricketing shots. He seems to be a complete package and could make a huge difference through 2023.
After poor scores in Test Cricket Mohammad Rizwan was finally left out leaving room for Sarfaraz Ahmed. With Ahmed’s scores looking encouraging, Rizwan has some competition in the other two formats too. However, now that he is back in the middle order for the ODIs, Rizwan may find it easier to find consistency given the clarity he could have with regards to the tempo at which he’d need to play with.
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PAK vs NZ Match Tips
Pakistan are unbeaten in their last six ODIs and could continue their run of form against New Zealand, a side they normally have good numbers against.