New Zealand registered their first win on their tour of the UAE as they beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the opening game of the three-match ODI series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The hosts are 0-1 behind in the series and they will look to bounce back in the second one-day international which will be played on November 9 at the same venue. Live telecast of the match is scheduled to begin at 3 PM local time.
Pak vs NZ 2nd ODI: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
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Five of the last six one-day internationals (including the last three straight) played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium have been won by the side batting first. Since the pitch at this ground tends to become slower as the game wears on, the team that wins the toss here on Friday will probably elect to bat first.
Despite the defeat in the first ODI, Pakistan are unlikely to press the panic button yet and start tinkering with their line-up. However, they could shuffle the batting order a bit and might promote Shoaib Malik up the order. None of their players were reported to be injured ahead of this game and we expect them to go in with an unchanged playing eleven.
PAK Key Players
Barring Imam-ul-Haq, their entire top-order failed to click in the first ODI and Pakistan will want their big guns Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez to deliver the goods this time around. Hafeez has scored the most runs for the side at this ground in the 50-over format while Azam has an ODI average of 54.42 here. Sarfraz Ahmed returned to form with a valiant knock of 64 and he along with Shoaib Malik continue to be the key men in the middle order. Shaheen Afridi snared a four-fer and so did Shadab Khan and the hosts will be expecting a similar performance with the ball from these two. Junaid Khan has 17 wickets in 9 ODIs at this ground and he seems a top candidate for providing the early breakthroughs. Imad Wasim is a big threat when it comes to spin and he can also add crucial runs down the order just like he did the other night.
PAK Recent Form
Pakistan, after facing a 47-run defeat in the last game, have now slipped to their ninth loss in the sixteen one-day internationals they have played this year. Prior to this ongoing series, they had whitewashed Zimbabwe in a five-match ODI series at Bulawayo and then crushed Hong Kong in their first game of the Asia Cup to win six matches in a row. But since then, they have been able to win just one of their next five matches.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
New Zealand secured a comfortable victory in the opening game of the series and so they may not want to disturb their winning combination. George Worker will probably open the batting once again alongside Colin Munro with skipper Kane Williamson taking up his usual number three position. The Kiwis are likely to retain their bowling combination of four seamers and just the one specialist spinner in Ish Sodhi.
NZ Key Players
Colin Munro and captain Kane Williamson are the key batsmen for New Zealand at the top of the order. Both scored in 20s in the first match and they will look to convert their starts into something substantial this time. Ross Taylor is the second-highest run-getter for the Kiwis in ODIs. He is coming off an impressive 80 and he along with Tom Latham who struck 68 are the team's biggest hopes in the middle order. Trent Boult was on fire the other night, picking up three wickets in three balls to become only the third New Zealand bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick. While he certainly will be a big threat with the ball once again, the visitors will also bank on the likes of Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Lockie Ferguson who finished with the best figures of 3 for 36 in 9.2 overs. Sodhi was slightly on the expensive side and he is expected to come up with a better performance on Friday.
NZ Recent Form
New Zealand have now won eight out of the eleven matches they have played in the fifty-over format since the start of this year. They went into this series on the back of a 2-3 ODI series loss to England at home. In the previous game, the Kiwis put up a top-class bowling display to derail Pakistan's chase early in their innings and eventually ended up winning by a comfortable margin.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
George Worker, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
PAK : L L L W L
NZ : W L W L L
PAK vs NZ Head to Head
PAK vs NZ Head to Head
Pakistan and New Zealand have now played 102 one-day internationals against each other out of which 53 have been won by the former and 48 by the latter with one of the matches having resulted in a tie.
Courtesy of a win in the last game, the scoreline after six face-offs against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium now reads 5-1 in favor of New Zealand.
New Zealand won by 47 runs in the opening match of the ongoing series at this very venue. Batting first, the visitors scored 266/9 in their 50 overs before wrapping up the hosts for 219 runs in the 48th over.
Pakistan are coming into this second one-day international as the bookmakers' favorites to win at odds of 1.61 on Betway, 1.72 on Bet365 and 1.78 on Betfair. New Zealand, even after their 47-run win in the opening game, find themselves as the underdogs for this match at a higher price of 2.20 on Betway, 2.10 on Bet365 and 2.22 on Betfair.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction
A top-order batting collapse saw Pakistan crash to a 47-run defeat in the first one-day international. This being a short series of just three matches, the hosts now find themselves in a spot of bother as they cannot afford to lose this must-win game. New Zealand, on the other hand, have received a big boost to their confidence and are just one more win away from sealing the series. The visitors have now won their last 12 ODIs against Pakistan who seem to be having some trouble in breaking the Kiwi jinx. However, the hosts have so far been the better side on this tour and it won't be fair to rule them out because of one bad day with the bat. Pakistan may have faltered in the last game but we expect them to fight back on Friday and level the series.
Final Verdict: Back Pakistan to beat New Zealand in the second ODI at 1.61 on Betway, 1.72 on Bet365 and 1.78 on Betfair.