Pakistan cricket team will play its 2nd match of T20 series with New Zealand. Teams wil play Match in United Arab Emirates at Dubai cricket stadium today on Nov 2 2018 at 21:00 PKT. The in-form Mohammad Hafeez had yet another great outing on Wednesday. He led Pakistan’s recovery and made a 36-ball 45 after the openers fell early. He also bowled three miserly overs and stifled the opposition batsmen with his off spin.
Adam Milne was the pick of New Zealand bowlers. He struck in his very first over to dismiss the top-ranked T20I batsman Babar Azam. He then came back in the 12th over to send Hafeez back with the short ball doing the trick both times. If he puts in a similar performance in the second T20I, he will increase New Zealand’s chances of leveling the series.
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Pakistan’s decision to go with Afridi for the role of the second seamer instead of Usman Khan had paid off. Hasan Ali was seen limping, clutching his hamstring around the 15th over of New Zealand’s innings. But he came in to bowl the very next over and did not show any signs of struggle later. A fitness test ahead of the game will decide if Fakhar Zaman, who missed the last two T20Is, will play.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first
Pakistan (probable XI): 1 Babar Azam, 2 Sahibzada Farhan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand team is expected to go with the same combination. It is unlikely that they would bring in allrounder Seth Rance in place of Corey Anderson or Colin de Grandhomme in the must-win game.
New Zealand (probable XI):. 1 Colin Munro, 2 Glenn Phillips (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Colin. 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Adam Milne