Must win match for Pakistan to keep series alive

Must win match for Pakistan to keep series alive

After losing the first T20I match against New Zealand, Pakistan will be looking to make a comeback in the series for which they are practicing hard in the nets.

While New Zealand will be aiming to inflict a seventh straight white-ball defeat on Pakistan when the two sides meet in the second T20I in Auckland.

The green shirts will look to play to their strengths, that is, bowling and be in the match for all forty overs. The might well get tempted to bring in Ahmed Shehzad in place of Umar Amin.

The bowling department has done considerably well for them in past. Amir and Hasan Ali will look to provide important breakthroughs which eventually might help Pakistan to square the series.

New Zealand also rested Kane Williamson for the first T20I as a precautionary after the skipper picked up a late thigh injury.

The green shirts will be eager to break the rut of losses in this series. They have threatened with a few good individual performances over the course of the series but haven’t managed to run New Zealand close.

Pakistan have lost 13 consecutive international matches against New Zealand.

It will be interesting to see if Pakistan can turn things around in all-important second T20 International and give their fans something to cheer.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Umar Amin, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees and Shoaib Malik.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Anaru Kitchen, Tom Bruce, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler and Seth Rance.