PAK v NZ 2018

Ish Sodhi revealed what Kiwis should learn from Pakistan to be successful

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has said that his side needs to learn from Pakistan bowlers in order to be successful against the Men in Green.

The visitors have already lost the ongoing T20I series by losing the first two T20Is of the three-match series but Sodhi is hopeful that the Kiwis will take a leaf out of Pakistan’s book and register a win in the third T20I.

Ish Sodhi at the top of his run-up, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Auckland. Photo: Getty Images

“The way the Pakistanis have bowled, they’ve kept the ball really straight, not given us too much width to work with. From a bowling perspective it’s important to learn from them. It’s something definitely to take into the next game,” said Sodhi according to International Cricket Council website.

Sodhi was also disappointed about losing the first two matches of the series due to their closely fought nature.

“We have had two cracking games,” said Sodhi. “Obviously it is disappointing to come out on the losing side. I suppose you look for little things you can improve on to be able to win those small margins – two runs and two balls.”

The third and final T20I between the two sides will be played on Sunday November 4, 2018.

In the second T20I, Pakistan lived up to their billing as the world’s best T20 team with a six-wicket victory in Dubai on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-0.

Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) and Shoaib Malik (ten) added 34 quickfire runs to help Pakistan overhaul the 154-run target in 19.4 overs at Dubai stadium, pocketting their 11th consecutive series and eighth successive T20 match.

Pakistan won the first match by two runs in a last-ball finish in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Squads

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Asif Ali, Hassan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Babar Azam, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Waqas Maqsood, Usman Khan Shinwari, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim and Fakhar Zaman.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk), Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.

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