This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
After levelling the T20I series, Zimbabwe would look to continue giving tough time to Pakistan as they will switch to ODI series with the first ODI to be played at Dubai on Monday.
New Zealand have adapted well and quickly to the alien condition of UAE. They have proved time and again their ability to bounce back into the game at any stage. Kiwis have a number of brilliant hitters in their top and middle order which will mean they have the power to thump a few teams but can be vulnerable when wickets are lost early. The probable Kiwi squad will include: 1 Anton Devcich, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Dean Brownlie, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham, 6 Luke Ronchi (wk), 7 James Neesham, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Adam Milne, 10 Nathan McCullum, 11 Kyle Mills.
On the other hands, Pakistan couldn’t make the most of a series lead once again in the Twenty20s but they get one more opportunity in which is perhaps the most important series of the tour due to the upcoming World Cup. In both matches, neither team were able to look empowering with the bat with two below par scores being set by tourists but not being able to be chased down by the home side. Conditions will be be very much different in Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup so it is important that the Pakistan batsmen start batting well in particular against the fast bowlers. With ban on Muhammad Hafeez’s bowling due to illegal action, Pakistan have to again face a loss and need to cope up with the situation to keep their bowling attack as strengthened as before. The likely Pakistani line-up will include: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) , 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Haris Sohail, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Mohammad Irfan.
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