Pakistan aim to bounce back in T20I series against Kiwis


After a humiliating 5-0 defeat in one day international series against the black caps, Pakistan looks to turn things around in T20I starting from tomorrow at Wellington.

New Zealand top-ranked side of T20I’s will be looking to sustain their dominance in T20I series as well.

New Zealand is changing up their squad somewhat for the T20s with some of their key players rested in certain games. Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, However, it gives opportunities to those who have taken their chances on the domestic circuit, particularly in the Super Smash. Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce, Anaru Kitchen, Ish Sodhi and Ben Wheeler come in, all of them with T20 games under their belt in these conditions. Their confidence should be high, and so should New Zealand’s.

The return of Ahmed Shehzad in Pakistan’s T20I squad, who has been in the good T20 form of late. His last six T20I scores are 53, 39, 43, 89, 22 and 27, and he has also impressed in the Departmental One-Day Cup, averaging 67.16 with two hundred and an 82 in seven games, Pakistan will hope his return breathes fresh life to a side that desperately needs it.

The match will start at 08.00 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

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

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