Tri Series in New Zealand just before the start of ICC World T20 is all set to end with Pakistan and New Zealand will take on each other in the final of the series. Both Pakistan and New Zealand have 6 points each but New Zealand is top of the pool with better net run rate. Third team Bangladesh lost all their matches which is an alarming situation for them just before WT20.
During the league matches both sides win 1 match against each other but New Zealand looked much settled unit as they gain the momentum later on. Devon Conway is topping the batting charts with 219 runs in 4 games but the real impetus has been provided by Glen Phillips and Finn Allen who both striking the ball at 202 and 141 runs per 100 balls.
Pakistan Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are the 2nd and 3rd most run getter in the series but managed strike rate of 125 and 123 respectively. Pakistan real problems starts when their openers got out as middle order not able to deliver as yet and only Shadab and Nawaz able to score runs when promoted up the order.
It’s a final chance for both teams before WT20 to finalize their combination against any international side.
Pakistan are doing well this series while chasing but they seem to be lacking a game plan if they have been asked to bat first. It seems that there are no batters available after opening pairs. However, Wasim Junior and other Pakistani bowlers have created a greater impact in the series but they need some runs on the board to play with.
Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain
Tim Southee and Michael Bracewell are the top two wicket takers for New Zealand in the series so far whereas in last match against Pakistan Bracewell and Mitchell Santner strangled Pakistani batters.
Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Mitchel Santner, Tim Southee (C), Trent Boult