The New Zealand cricket team is touring Pakistan for the ODI and T20 bilateral series in international cricket. The tour matches begin with the first ODI tomorrow (September 17) at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi). The tour includes 3 ODIs and 5 T20I matches. The series’s 2nd and 3rd ODI matches will be played on September 19 and 21 at the same venue.
New Zealand and Pakistan have met in a total of 107 ODIs since 1973. Pakistan has won 55 games so far, while New Zealand has won 48. Besides, 1 match has been drawn, and 3 matches have been abandoned. The last time the two teams met was in the 33rd match of the group stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Pakistan won the match by 6 wickets against the Black Caps.
New Zealand played their last three-match ODI series against visiting Bangladesh and won the series 3-0. Pakistan, on the other hand, was whitewashed by hosts England in their last three ODIs. However, out of the last 5 ODI series, both teams have won 3 series each.
Although Pakistan is ahead in terms of statistics, the success of the latest ODI series at home and abroad has given the New Zealand team a strong sense of confidence. However, this time the games are going to be played on Pakistan’s home soil. They will put all out to make the series remarkable.
New Zealand is ranked 1st, and Pakistan is ranked 6th in the ICC ODI rankings. In addition, New Zealand is currently ranked 10th in the points table of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, where Pakistan is in 7th place, so both teams have to work hard in this series to get a better position in the points table.
Pakistan – Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Khushdil Shah, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dhani, Zahid Mahmood, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain
New Zealand – Tom Latham (c & wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Rachin Ravindra, Jacob Duffy, Scott Kuggeleijn, Will Young, Cole McConchie, Tom Blundell (wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell, Ajaz Patel
ODI match schedule for Pakistan and New Zealand:
1st ODI – 17 September, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi), 15:00 (GMT +6)
2nd ODI – 19 September, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi), 15:00 (GMT +6)
3rd ODI – 21 July, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (Rawalpindi), 15:00 (GMT +6)
Pakistan-New Zealand bilateral series is going to start tomorrow. Stay with Baji to know exciting things about the games!