A strong New Zealand side will return for the 2nd T20I and will look for sealing the series win. Kane Williamson (Paternity leave), Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ross Taylor and Kyle Jamieson were given rest for the first T20I but now they will return for the remainder of the series.
Stand in captain Mitchell Santner, along with debutant Jacob Duffy, will miss out from the squads as they were not included in the separate squad announced by New Zealand Cricket. Along with them, Mark Chapman, Doug Bracewell and Blair Tickner misses out as well from the 2nd T20I onwards.
Pakistan meanwhile, had to sort out their own issues when they come to 2nd T20I. Their top order failed and found themselves at 39-5 in the 9th over.
They managed to get to 153 with late burst from Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, but it was not enough as New Zealand chased it down with 5 wickets. Going to the 2nd T20I, Pakistan will focus on quick runs from the top order.
Date: December 20, 2020
Timing: 11:00 AM PKT
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Weather: Slight cloudy are expected in the early first innings otherwise the conditions are expected to clear throughout the match
Conditions / Pitch Report: Hamilton pitch is flat and another run fest is expected.
Head to Head:
Matches: 22 | New Zealand: 9 | Pakistan: 13 | No Result: 0
New Zealand: W W W L T (L Super Over)
Pakistan: L W W W L
1. New Zealand
New Zealand announced a separate squads for 1st T20I and for the remaining two T20Is. For this squad, main players have returned for the remainder of the series so expected a strong XI to be played. Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson will be included in the XI straight away. Bowling all-rounder Daryl Mitchell will likely to replace Mitchell Santner.
New Zealand’S Probable XI:
1. Tim Seifert (WK), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Kane Williamson (C), 4. Glenn Philips, 5. Devon Conway, 6. James Neesham, 7. Daryl Mitchell, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Kyle Jamieson, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult
Pakistan may go with the same squad by giving confidence to the top order. They may make a solitary change by bringing in Mohammad Hasnain in place of Wahab Riaz.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Abdullah Shafique, 2. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3. Haider Ali 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shadab Khan (c), 6. Khushdil Shah, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Shaheen Afridi, 10. Wahab Riaz/ Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Haris Rauf
Players to watch:
1. Glenn Philips – Batsman, New Zealand
Glenn Philips may only be 14 T20I matches young, but in his previous series against the West Indies, he scored the fastest century by a New Zealand player in 46 balls in which New Zealand went on to beat West Indies by 72 runs in the second T20I, eventually sealing the series. In such small grounds, Pakistan bowlers need to be vary of his explosive batting.
2. Shadab Khan – All-Rounder, Pakistan
The all rounder showed resistance with his batting. He scored 42 from 32 balls to carry Pakistan from a disaster start. Apart from his batting, he led the side well and kept New Zealand guessing. His bowling however, will need to work more on it as his leg spins will be vital in Pakistan’s bowling attack.
3. Kyle Jamieson – Bowler, New Zealand
Kyle Jamieson had a great start to his Test career and in New Zealand’s recent series against the West Indies, made his T20I debut. Though he has played only two matches, he will be a threat to Pakistan’s batsmen with his fine seam bowling.
4. Haris Rauf – Bowler, Pakistan
No one has more wickets than Haris Rauf’s 55 in Twenty20. In Auckland, he and Shaheen Afridi kept New Zealand under the radar as they picked five wickets between them. Haris picked three for 29 in his four overs. However, he was not able to restrict New Zealand as they won the game by 5 wickets. Rauf, along with Shaheen, will play a crucial role in the attack.
Stats and Trivia:
- Ish Sodhi needs four wickets to overtake Nathan McCullum as New Zealand’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is. Southee currently tops the charts with 81 wickets.
- Pakistan have never beaten New Zealand in Seddon Park in T20Is. They have played two matches; 2010 and 2016 and lost both.
- The conditions are different because we played against Zimbabwe at home, not New Zealand. But the more cricket they play here, the better they will do.”
Pakistan captain Shadab Khan outlines the challenge for his team