After back to back two whitewashes against top cricketing nations,can Pakistan rediscover their ODI form especially versus New Zealand by whom they have been unbeaten against Pakistan since 2011, moreover Pakistan have had poor runs in recent past when they were failed to go through to the final of Asia cup and lost to a much weaker side Bangladesh in the absence of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Ul Hassan in the semifinals. Could only win 2 games and those were against Hong Kong and a nail-biter vs Afghanistan.
But cricket experts say that Pakistan failed to select a better side which they could if Imad and Hafeez were in the squad.
Now Question is, can Pakistan continue their T20 form or once again prove themselves a fragile in a bigger format, let’s wait and see what Sarfraz and his men have for tonight’s game.
Pakistan has lost 17 games out of 21 against the stronger teams like Australia, New Zealand, England, India and South Africa which is totally another side of the T20 coin.back to back wins came in Champions Trophy after losing against India, Green shirts came back unbelievably and became champions while at one stage they were struggling to qualify for the champions trophy, but after that Pakistan look like a totally different team in Asia cup.
Pakistan has always an issue of middle order batting but as they performed in recent T20I series, we can say that they are stabling rapidly but can they demonstrate the same in ODIs, we have to wait for it.
If Pakistani middle order produces such punch like T20 I must say Pakistan have better chance to beat Blackcaps as they have a bunch of winning bowlers.
On the other hand, New Zealand has in-from Skipper KS Williamson, Colin Munro, Rose Taylor and will be joining Tom Latham who is equally as good skipper against spinners.
Bowling department of Black Caps is having share class in the shape of Tim Southee, Boult, Lockie Ferguson swing and pace along with a bit low in confidence Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi they need much more time to settle their nerves, they are balanced look side and will love to make it 12 in a row against the Green shirts.
Sarfraz Ahmed is in the big test as Pakistan Cricket Board already started thinking of changing the Captian which bring more pressure on the skipper. Toss is always important in the UAE as it is afternoon start can be tricky second inning with due factor will play a role.
Pakistan could go with the same side but Junaid Khan’s last ODI against Bangladesh in Aisa cup performance can give him a place from three left arm pacers, Shaheen Shah, Usman Khan and Junaid.
Only twice in 42 games played at Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi team seen excess 300 and both time Pakistan did.
Hopefully, it is going to be a cracking ODI game between the Balck caps and Green shirts.