New Zealand is in Pakistan to play a full white ball series comprising of 5 ODIs and as many T20I Matches. The matches begin from 14th April 2023. The matches will be played at Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 5th ODI Match Preview
With a historic 4-0 win already in the series, Pakistan became the No.1 ODI side for the first time in 52 years. Babar Azam has led the side to the top of the mount, but if they lose the final ODI, they will lose their No.1 rank too. Hence Pakistan have all to play for in the final ODI.
New Zealand have done nothing right at all in this series. Despite Pakistan making 5 changes and giving their bench a chance, New Zealand still couldn’t capitalize and lost the 4th ODI by a 100+ run margin. A whitewash is expected in the series now unless New Zealand do something special.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Today Match Team
Pakistan Playing 11 vs New Zealand
Pakistan will shuffle combinations once again.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Iftikhar Ahmed, M Rizwan, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.
New Zealand Playing 11 vs Pakistan
The Kiwis can bring back Adam Milne for this game replacing Ben Lister.
Tom Latham (Captain), Will Young, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Cole McConchie, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne, Blair Tickner, and Matt Henry.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head Record
The head to head record between Pakistan and New Zealand has been a close one. Pakistan have won 60/114 ODI matches played against the Kiwis. New Zealand have won 50, while 3 games ended as NR and 1 ended as tie.
Players to Watch-out For:
Babar Azam was outstanding with the bat in the 4th ODI. The fans will have eyes on the Pakistani skipper once again hoping that he will score big. Along with Babar Azam, Agha Salman has batted brilliantly down the order. He will be a threat to the Kiwis too.
Mark Chapman showed some signs of form in the last game. With him coming in form, things can improve for the Kiwis with the bat. Moreover, Latham and Mitchell are already in good rhythm. The Kiwis need a game plan and they have to execute it in order to avoid a whitewash.