PAK vs NZ 5th T20I | Preview, Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XIs, Fantasy Tips & Prediction
New Zealand will look upset Pakistan in the series finale. (Twitter)
A much-anticipated series decider of the five-match T20I series will be played between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on Monday, April 24. The last match was a washout.
Having won two of the four matches played, Pakistan are leading the series. In the rain-curtailed affair, Imad Wasim was the standout performer with the ball. The left-arm spinner returned with exceptional figures of 3-19 in his four overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf took a wicket each.
With the series at stake, the Men in Green must bring their A-game to the forefront in order to crush New Zealand and claim the series 3-1.
After being sent to bat first, New Zealand were 164/5 in 18.5 overs before the rain spoiled the party. Mark Chapman and opener Chad Bowes were the star performers with the bat as both of them scored half-centuries. Mark Chapman top-scored with his unbeaten knock of 71 from 42 balls. His knock was laced with 10 boundaries and a six. Chad Bowes struck seven fours and a maximum on his way to 38-ball 54.
Heading into this game, New Zealand would want to see their seasoned players step up so that they can level the series.
Date & Time: April 23, 9:30 PM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
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Pitch Report: The surface at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has been favourable to the batters and considering the small boundaries at this venue, we could see a high-scoring match.
As the match progresses, the spinners will come into play in the middle phases of the game. Fast bowlers might get some assistance early in the powerplay overs with the new ball.
Out of the four T20Is played at the venue so far, three have been won by teams chasing. So by going as per the trend, whoever wins the toss will look to bowl first and chase the target.
Probable Playing XI
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c & wk), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Lister
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Wicket-Keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Tom Latham
Batters: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Mark Chapman,
All-Rounders: Shadab Khan, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham
Bowlers: Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Adam Milne
Captain: Babar Azam
Vice Captain: Haris Rauf
Being 2-0 down in the series, the second-string New Zealand team will have an uphill task to stop a full-strength Pakistan from winning the series. Playing at home, Pakistan would be favourites to win the game and seal the series.