Two T20Is, two top order failures saw Pakistan failed to put on competitive score to challenged New Zealand. Twice Pakistan has won the toss and elected to bat first on grounds where chasing was more considered.
It seemed that management did not take a look on stats. Pakistan will now enter McLean Park for the 3rd T20I, where they will be making their ground debut.
The loss of Babar Azam did hurt the line up a lot and just ahead of the 3rd T20I, he was ruled out of the 1st Test as well. Haider Ali, as sweetly he plays, twice throw his wicket away. Mohammad Rizwan finds the gap, but not consistently and eats up a lot of balls, Abdullah Shafique has two ducks in a row.
The top order seems to be clueless on how to approach their batting in the early stages of the innings. Pakistan will not just go for the changes, but to find a combination that can work without Babar.
New Zealand meanwhile will be targeting for a series whitewash in the 3rd T20I. Tim Seifert has been excellent in the whole series, with 141 runs to his name and fifties in both matches. He gave the stability at the top alongside with Martin Guptill and the returning Kane Williamson, something what Pakistan have been missing.
Their bowlers were enjoying bowling to Pakistan’s top order and bowled much better as compared to their Pakistan counterparts. Again, they will be looking to work their way in getting those early wickets and help their team to get series whitewash in the 3rd T20Is.
Date: December 22, 2020
Timing: 11:00 AM PKT
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Weather: Slight cloudy are expected in the early first innings otherwise the conditions are expected to clear throughout the match.
Conditions / Pitch Report: Napier pitch is flat and once again, another run fest is expected.
Head to Head:
Matches: 23 | New Zealand: 10 | Pakistan: 13 | No Result: 0
New Zealand: W W W W L (Most recent first)
Pakistan: L L W W W
1. New Zealand
Unless they give a game to all rounder Daryl Mitchell in Kyle Jamieson’s place, New Zealand will unlikely to make change in their eleven. They would like to stick with the same squad and will target series whitewash.
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/ Kyle Jamieson, 8. Tim Southee, 9. Scott Kuggeleijn, 10. Ish Sodhi, 11. Trent Boult
Changes are expected within the Pakistan line up. What will be the changes are still unknown. There may be possible that Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Rizwan and Imad Wasim may be left out for Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Abdullah Shafique, 2. Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)/Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3. Haider Ali 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shadab Khan (c), 6. Khushdil Shah, 7. Imad Wasim/ Iftikhar Ahmed, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Shaheen Afridi, 10. Wahab Riaz/ Mohammad Hasnain, 11. Haris Rauf
Players to watch:
1. Tim Seifert – Batsman, New Zealand
Brendon McCullum called Tim Seifert as one of the New Zealand players to watch out for. Tim Seifert showed why. In the whole series, Tim Seifert played tremendously well in New Zealand’s twin victories at Auckland and Hamilton.
Being the leading run-scorer with 141 runs resulted with his two half-centuries, including his career best 84*, Seifert will be looking to play one more big game in Napier to help the host whitewash the series.
2. Mohammad Hafeez – All-Rounder, Pakistan
9 matches, 364 runs, 93 average and 153 strike rate. 2020 is easily Mohammad Hafeez’s greatest year in his T20I career. He played an all important innings in the 2nd T20I, carrying Pakistan to 163 with his personal best of 99* from 57 balls.
In fact, that 99* became Pakistan’s second highest individual score. And now he is 42 runs shy from becoming Pakistan’s leading run scorer. This will be Pakistan’s last T20I of this year and Hafeez would like to play another important innings which will guide his team to victory.
Stats and Trivia:
- Mohammad Hafeez is 42 runs away from overtaking Shoaib Malik as Pakistan’s leading T20I run-scorer.
- This will be Pakistan’s maiden T20I match at McLean Park.