Preview: Final match at Auckland
Pakistan and New Zealand will face off in the final match of the three match ODI series at Auckland on Sunday with the series on the line for the men in green.
With the second match in Napier washed out the Kiwi side took an unassailable lead in the series as they won the first match the series. Pakistan have got all to do at Auckland as they would look to restore some pride as the tour draws to a close because they have already lost the T20 series.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood are under considerate amount of pressure due to their poor form and if Shoaib Malik is inducted in the side for the final match as he has recovered from injury it is highly likely that Pakistan will drop Sohail Maqsood. With scores of 16,9,8 and 13 on this tour, the match at Auckland could well turn out to be Ahmed’s last chance for Pakistan before someone else takes his place.
New Zealand on the other hand will welcome the comeback of their skipper Brendon McCullum after an injury lay off but his partner at the top Martin Guptill is suffering from an injury and could well miss the final match. If Guptill misses out Tom Latham will probably open the batting along with his skipper.
The match is expected to be interrupted by rain during the afternoon although the weather is supposed to stay dry during the start of the match. Although Pakistan do not start as favourites to win the match but they would love to see rain stay away from Auckland because they would want a competitive end to the series.