The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand is set for an exciting finale at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday. New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by 79 runs in the second ODI after losing the first game by six wickets to the host.
PAK VS NZ PLAYING XI
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.
3RD ODI TOSS UPDATE
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first in the third and final ODI against New Zealand on Friday.
PAK VS NZ 3RD ODI PREDICTED XI
The host played the same team in the first two ODIs but may want to bring in an extra spin option into the eleven for the series-decider. While it doesn’t have a specialist spinner in its reserves for this series, Pakistan could bring in uncapped all-rounder Kamran Ghulam, who bats in the middle-order and is a handy left-arm spin option. Ghulam could come in place of a pacer, probably Mohammad Wasim, who has gone at almost six runs an over while picking up one wicket in two games. The pitch in Karachi has increasingly aided the tweakers in this series.
Pakistan Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim/Kamran Ghulam.
The Kiwis replaced Henry Shipley with leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the second ODI and the move paid dividends as Sodhi returned with figures of two for 38 in eight overs. With the series on the line and New Zealand having struck upon a winning combination, Kane Williamson is unlikely to change his eleven.
New Zealand Predicted XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.
TOP 5 PERFORMERS OF THE SERIES
|Player||Points||Batting (runs)||Bowling (wickets)|
Pakistan (last five ODIs): L W W W W
New Zealand (last five ODIs): W L W L L