After a couple of series whitewashes against big teams like Australia and New Zealand, Sarfraz Ahmed’s men were high on confidence and looked sure from the outset to change their abysmal record in one-day internationals. However, fate had other plans for the men in green as they suffered their 12th straight loss to New Zealand in ODIs on Wednesday. But, the real point of concern for the Pakistani team management is the fact that this was their ninth loss this year in 16 one-dayers. Also, the interesting fact is that Pakistan’s seven wins (in ODIs) have come up against teams like Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.
These are nothing but quite alarming signs ahead of the all-important 2019 World Cup which will be played in UK. In the one-day series against Black Caps in familiar conditions, Pakistan are expected to get their combinations and rhythm in order before they venture to South Africa and England next year with a brief stay in the UAE – for a five-ODI series against Australia – in the middle.
Despite their victory, New Zealand had their share of troubles. On a pitch that was not conducive for pace bowling, especially under the sun, the visitors lost both openers in the first powerplay. The duo would have been back within a span of a few balls had Babar Azam not dropped a sitter at first slip. A brilliant recovery was undone in a Shadab Khan’s over as the leggie removed three batsmen in four balls.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand:
What time will the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand start?
The 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will start at 4:30 PM. The toss will take place at 4:00 PM.
Where will the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand be played?
The 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will take place at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Which TV channels will broadcast the live coverage of 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand?
The 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will be broadcasted live on Sony Sports network (Sony Six, Sony Six HD channels) in India.
How to watch the free live online streaming of 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand?
The free live online streaming of 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will be available on Sony Liv app and Jio TV.
What are the predicted XI of 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand?
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Junaid Khan
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/C), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand (From): Colin Munro, George Worker, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Ajaz Patel