While Trent Boult still remains on paternity leave and the middle order instability still persists for New Zealand, they must win this 2nd T20I match to remain in the competition. The shaky middle order of the Blackcaps slowed down the run rate in the first T20 International after Colin Munro’s dismissal. The Kiwi opener scored 58 off 42 in New Zealand’s chase of 149. However, the collective efforts of Mohammad Hafeez and Hasan Ali secured Pakistan a 2-run victory. Pakistan thus leads the 3-match series 1-0.
Kane Williamson, not a branded T20I cricketer, had a very successful run in the IPL earlier this year. In Tests, he does his part and if the team hasn’t been performing quite well with the bat he lets the tailenders hit as many shots as they like. In limited overs though, especially in T20Is, he’s known to make quirky decisions. Like the dropping of Southee and Boult, his two frontline bowlers, to accommodate three spinners in the team. Such an act had fetched New Zealand a victory in their opening match of the 2016 T20I World Cup.
Although there’s less chance of the bowling side being altered, Williamson might make some changes in the batting. Mark Chapman might replace Glenn Philips as the second opener. The biggest positive takeaway from the 1st T20I for New Zealand would be Ross Taylor’s 26-ball unbeaten 42. The 34-year-old has proved himself as an asset yet again. This time, in T20 Internationals.
Sarfraz has made winning a habit of his and has a record-breaking win percentage of 87.09 in T20Is this year. Babar Azam, playing his 25th T20I innings today would want to break Virat Kohli’s record(27 innings) as the fastest person to score1000 T20I runs. Azam is just 88 runs away from doing so. He has today’s match and the one on Sunday to secure this record in his account. In the latest news, Pakistan has made one change to their side. Fakhar Zaman is fit again and will replace Sahibzada Farhan.
2nd T20I November 02: Pakistan vs New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time: 9.30 PM (IST)
Toss: Kane Williamson has won the toss and New Zealand will bat first.
The circumstances in Dubai are deemed to be different than Abu Dhabi. Pakistan has been consistent throughout 11 T20I games. A break on this unusual run is being anticipated. If New Zealand win the 2nd T20I game, the 3rd match, also to be held in Dubai, will be the series decider.